Summary: Everyone struggles to make important decisions. But what is the right choice as a Christian? Find out how to distinguish between the many voices that speak to us and make the right decision.
There are, it may be, so MANY KINDS OF VOICES in the world, and none of them is without signification.
1 Corinthians 14:10 [KJV]
One of the greatest desires of all serious Christians is to know the will of God. With a little experience in life, anyone can tell that there are many different ways your life can go. We often come to the crossroads and ask, “Which way is best?” If you take the wrong road, the implications may be devastating. If you take the wrong road, the implications may be devastating. If you marry the wrong person, the consequences may be terrible. If you join the wrong church, the consequences may be eternal.
Many times when we take decisions, we are unable to retrace our steps. In other words, many decisions are irreversible. Because of this, we need to know the will of God so that we can be guided along every step of the way.
Unbelievers have ways of getting to know what is best for them. Many of them consult soothsayers, astrologers and fortune tellers. They put their trust in false prophets and occult power. They also see the need to know what to do next. African politicians are often said to consult these powers on a regular basis. They often ask for direction and protection from them. African soccer teams consult these mediums as well. You will notice, however, that none of these things have taken them very far.
As a Christian, we do not need to consult satanic powers to know the future. God has graciously given us the Holy Spirit to guide us. Being led by the Spirit of God is a sign that you are a true Christian. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.—Romans 8:14.
In the Old Testament, only the prophet seemed to know the will of God. You see, the Holy Spirit was not given to everyone at that time. We are living in a blessed dispensation. We all have the Holy Spirit in us and can be led by the Spirit of God. It is possible for us to know the will of God. That is what this book is all about: “How to know the will of God” and “How to be led by the Spirit of God.”
To know the will of God, you must first recognize that there are many types of voices in this world, all of which are trying to influence you. The art of selecting the right voice and listening to that voice is the art of being led by the Spirit of God.
God wants to deliver you from evil and He has sent His Spirit to lead you through this life so that you will not make tragic mistakes. What are the voices that are trying to influence you? There are several possibilities that you must be aware of:
1. The voice of God
Is the spirit of God, in the person of the Holy Spirit. It is the most important voice you need to hear because it speaks the mind of God. Howbeit when he the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself: but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.--John 16:13
2. The voice of the flesh
Is the expression of your desires and feelings. The voice of the flesh says, “Do what feels nice and easy.” You must not obey the voice of the flesh if you want to be blessed. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.--Romans 8:6. You can silence the voice of the flesh by doing what is hard and difficult.
3. The voice of the mind
Your thought processes and your reasoning are the voice of your mind. The mind is one of the most wonderful gifts that God has given to every man. You must not send your mind on vacation because you have become a spiritual person. Too much reasoning can turn you into a fool, but a combination of the Spirit (of God), and the voice of the mind will lead to your promotion in life and ministry.
4. The voice of the devil
Is the voice of Satan, trying to lead you in the wrong way, or at least, to confuse you.
Other voices are:
5. The voice of a prophet
6. The voice of your pastor
7. The voice of your friends
8. The voice of your parents
9. The voice of your spirit
10. The voice of your spouse
11. The voice of your circumstances
12. The voice of your own will
All these voices, as well as some others, are probably in operation in your life. Depending on who you are, you may be influenced more or less by these voices.