Thursday's Testing Dose ..........4th November 2010

     Test the Spirits     

John the disciple of Jesus wrote, "Do not believe
every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether
they are from God." - 1 John 4:1 (NIV).

How can we be sure when and if God is speaking
to us?

When I was a young Christian I wanted to serve God
and sometimes felt his Spirit was telling me to do
something. However, this "still small voice" within
sometimes had me in bondage. In time I came to see
that this "voice" was not from God at all because
"where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom
[liberty]" and I had anything but freedom.

One's inner "voice" can come from God, from our self,
or from the tempter. If the tempter knows he can't
pull us down into acting out in sinful behaviors,
he may try to "push us over the top" where we become
(as the old saying goes) "so heavenly minded we are
of little or no earthly use."

So how can we know where the inner voice is coming
from? Is it a conviction from God's Spirit? Could it
be a neurotic compulsion from within my self? Or is
it from the tempter? With a conviction from God I
always have the freedom to say no because "where the
Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 
- 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV) With a compulsion I am driven 
and feel that I "have to" do what the "inner voice" is 
saying no matter what. If from the tempter, it is also more 
a compulsion.

Keep in mind that God speaks to us through his Word,
the Bible, and never contrary to it. He also speaks
or leads through various circumstances, as well as
through inner convictions. If it is from God, it
will always be in harmony with his Word and there
will be a sense of freedom. If it is contrary to
God's Word or any type of compulsion, we can know
it isn't God speaking to us and we need to reject it.

Prayer: "Our Loving Heavenly Father, please give me
the wisdom to know when you are 'speaking' to or
leading me and when the 'voice' I hear is from myself
or the tempter. Teach me to not only know your voice
but always to obey it. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name
I Pray, Amen."

Courtesy: Daily Dose Devotionals Team