In the previous post, hearing God was introduced as a pivotal path to freedom from fear. When we discuss hearing the voice of God, a common question arises: Who said that?
I myself have struggled with the discernment of whether or not I was hearing God speak to me. I hear, “Son I love you!” Was that God? Was it just me? Or, was the accuser, Satan? As we talked about previously, the voice of God is not typically audible – heard through our natural sense of hearing. He speaks to us in our spirit, which comes to us more in our own inner voice – or thoughts.
One day, Jesus explained to a gathering of people why he would do the things he did, such as healing a man on the Sabbath. This was considered by the religious leaders of the day a violation of the Law of God and could not to be done. But, Jesus replied to them, “By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me” (John 5:30).
According to that scripture, what would Jesus do? Nothing! By himself, he could do nothing! Jesus only did as he heard. He listened and then judged those thoughts he heard.
Judge, judged, judgment — it can be a loaded word. Here it simply means “Properly, to distinguish.” Jesus properly distinguished where the source of the thought originated. It was not himself. The voice was either from his Father or his accuser. He always judged righteously because he only wanted to please the one who sent him, his Father.
Sure, Jesus could hear the accuser in his thoughts, but he knew the voice of his Father, and he would not agree with any thoughts from the enemy. He only agreed with his Father. Jesus never agreed with the accuser. He never allowed the accuser into his heart; therefore, the accuser never had any hold over Jesus (John 14:30). Think about when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness (Matthew 4). In this wilderness, he heard the tempting thoughts of the accuser, but countered with with Truth from scripture.
This should be exciting news for every believer! Jesus is the firstborn of many, the new creation in a fallen world. We are born again into this new creation as Jesus was. We are to live as he did here on earth. I am born again into the new creation that Jesus provided for us. I am to live as he did here on earth.
So, I am to judge the thoughts that present themselves in my mind. I need to judge the source or originator of every thought that comes in. We are told in scripture to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
God only speaks truth, because He is truth. Deuteronomy 32:4 states, “He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.”
Satan the accuser only speaks lies. John 8:44b shows us, “[Satan] was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
I was created to judge (properly distinguish) the thoughts presented before me. The thoughts I agree with begin to fill the storehouse of my heart. If the agreements are good and truthful, then my heart is filled with goodness and truth. I will then speak and act similarly. If the agreements are evil and untruthful, then my heart is filled with lies and deception, and I will speak and act similarly.
The more I know my Father, the more I know Truth; I can begin to distinguish my Father’s thoughts which are truth. Let me give you an example. Take a few quiet moments to see if you can hear this thought in your mind: Child, I love you.
Now, who said that?
Satan, cannot speak this statement to me, because he is a liar and this statement is truth. I cannot speak or make up that statement because I only know I am loved by God because he revealed it. So it was God for he alone is truth and can speak that truth to me. Once I know I hear his voice – “I love you” – I can begin to tune into other things he is speaking to me, and tune out the things that don’t matter.
As I was learning to hear my Father’s voice, a minister once said to me, “The only thing that matters is what God, my Father, has to say about every second of my life”. It is vital that I know his voice, agree with him, and allow his truth rule and reign in my life.
Prayer: “Father, help me know you so I may know your truth. I choose to agree with your thoughts for me and about me. I want to have ears for you and you alone.”