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My Heart Is On Fire by Doug Apple - a short Christian devotional to open the Scriptures and make your heart burn within you!
Is That God Speaking to Me?
Manage episode 271110256 series 1391089
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I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire! (Luke 24:32) In John chapter 10, Jesus said that He is the good shepherd, that He speaks to His sheep, and that His sheep hear His voice and follow Him, for they know His voice. So the question is, do I know the voice of the Good Shepherd? How do I know if God is speaking to me? First of all, in John 4:24, Jesus said, “God is Spirit.” In John 6:63, Jesus said that the words He speaks are “spirit.” So when we talk about hearing the voice of God, we’re usually not talking about hearing a physical voice. Romans 8:16 says that His Spirit bears witness with our spirit. That’s spirit to spirit communication. I know, it’s getting deep, but I would expect nothing less. So God is Spirit, His words are spirit, and His Spirit bears witness with our spirit. As born again, blood-bought believers, we each have God’s Holy Spirit inside of us, teaching us and guiding us. Now listen to this. I’m leading up to a key that will help us answer the question, “Is that God speaking to me?” In John 16:13, Jesus said that the Holy Spirit “will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak.” In the next verse Jesus said, “He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” So when the Holy Spirit speaks to us, He speaks the words of Jesus. It’s Jesus talking to us, through the Holy Spirit inside of us. Back to Romans 8:16, it is His Spirit communicating with our spirit. But the question is, when you hear that little voice, how do you know it is God speaking and not just some random thought, or worse, some random devil? Now here is the main key of this lesson. Luke chapter 4 verse 32 says that people were astonished at the teaching of Jesus. Why? Because His word was “with authority.” And that’s the key. That is one way we might discern the voice of God. We answer this question. Did it come with authority? Some translations say, “His word was with power.” So when we are seeking God, trying to hear from Him, and suddenly we hear a voice speaking inside of us, here’s a question to ask, “Did this message come with authority? Did it come with the power and authority of Jesus?” His sheep know His voice. How? Because our Shepherd speaks with authority. He speaks with power. His words come with conviction. Yes, there are other considerations. We should consult Scripture. We should consult the body, by which I mean our fellow believers. And another key is what Jesus said in John 16:14, that the Holy Spirit would glorify Jesus, so another question is, “Does this glorify Jesus?” But here’s the main point we’re focusing on today. When we are asking, “Is that God speaking?” we can remember the example of Luke 4:32. His word comes with authority. May God bless you today. I’m Doug Apple.