Did you know that as growing and mature Christians, we have to realize that we belong exclusively to Christ? He purchased us out of sin and doom into His love, care, and grace. He took us from sin and gave us a reason for being. Thus, at some point in our spiritual development, we have to comprehend the magnitude of who Christ is and who we are in and to Him.
We have to reach a point and say, I, body and soul, completely and totally belong to Christ as His pupil and His property! He is my LORD and Master and there is no better place for me to be! So, the answer to the opening question is: YES!
John 10:1-3 — “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear His voice; and He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
The sheep hears the voice of the Master voice and follows it, disregarding the voice of the stranger. How do we differentiate between the voice of the Lord and the voice of Satan?
If we are confused about whether or not we are hearing God, it is good to pray for wisdom (James1:5). We should ask God to clearly make His will known to us. Reading the Bible is the primary way God speaks to us. It is also the best way to learn about God’s character and His dealings with people. While we speak to God in prayer, He speaks to us through His Word. As we read, we must consider the words to be the very words of God.
If you are confused about whether you are hearing from God or Satan ask yourself these question.
(1) Are the promptings confusing or vague? God is not the author of confusion; He is the bringer of peace.
(2) Do they go against God’s Word? God will never contradict Himself.
(3) Will following these promptings lead to sin? Those who live by the Spirit will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature
God does not want us to fail. The more we listen to God, the better able we will be at distinguishing His voice from the other noises in our heads. The better we know our Shepherd, the less we have to worry about heeding the wrong voice.
“God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus.”