The Voice of Your Flesh - (Galatians 5:16-21)
Your flesh speaks to you constantly. Any time you follow the voice of your flesh, the net result will always be negative. You can never follow the voice of your flesh and things turn out, "ok!" The fifth chapter of the book of Galatians reveals the sound pitch of your flesh. You know you are listening to and being led by the voice of your flesh when you engage in:
(1) Adultery - unlawful sexual relations between a man and a woman
(2) Fornication - pornography, harlotry, incest
(3) Uncleanness - homosexuality, lesbianism, pedophilia, sexual perversion
(4) Lasciviousness - undisciplined, lewd, overeater, lazy, shiftless
(5) Idolatry - worship sports stars, movie stars, music icons, preachers, money, etc.
(6) Witchcraft - includes drug use, spells, luck charms, horoscopes, zodiac signs
(7) Hatred - hold grudges and malice and be angry at someone
(8) Variance - to quarrel with words, stir up strife and incite debates
(9) Emulations - the spirit of jealousy, rivalry spirit
(10) Wrath - creating domestic and civic turmoil
(11) Strife - getting pay back for a wrong, angry contentions
(12) Seditions - stirring up strife in the church, government, home, etc.
(13) Heresies - causing discord, unrighteous indignation
(14) Envying - to wish ill will toward a person, organization or group of people
(15) Murder - to spoil or mar the happiness of others, to kill
(16) Drunkenness - public or private intoxication, alcoholic, addicted to
(17) Revellings - clubs, house parties, carousing, obscene music
The voice of your flesh will never inspire you to do the will of God. You must learn to bring the voice of your flesh into subjection to the Written Word of God, (See I Corinthians 9:27).
The Voice of Your Reasoning - (Acts 28:1-6 and Mark 2:6-8)
The Lord God has given us the ability to reason. We have that ability so that we may rationally consider all options, blessings and curses, obstacles, situations, consequences, advantages versus disadvantages and profits versus losses. You can always tell when you are listening to the voice of your reasoning because you will weigh the things you see and hear in the natural. You will deliberate and think things through, and afterwards, make your decision. Caution: if the answer of your mind contradicts the Written Word, or contradicts what God has said to you, then you must abandon the voice of your reasoning, (See Numbers 13:26-33).
The Voice of Your Conscience - (Acts 24:16 and Hebrews 10:22)
Your conscience is the place where you recognize the difference between what is right versus what is wrong. It is the place where you establish morals and values, or where you reject good morals and values and become reprobate in your mind. Your conscience is going to fall into one of the four categories:
(a) A good conscience, (I Timothy 1:5 and Acts 24:16)
(b) A weak conscience, (I Corinthians 8:7)
(c) A seared conscience, (I Timothy 4:2)
(d) A evil conscience, (Hebrews 10:22)
This next point should be obvious. The voice of your conscience is good to listen to as long as you have a good conscience, but when a person has a weak, seared or evil conscience, it would be unwise for them to follow the voice of their conscience.
The Voice of God - (I Samuel 3:1-10 and John10:1-5)
You know you are hearing the voice of God when you hear these sounds.
·Instruction in righteousness, (II Tim 3:16)
·Correction in righteousness, (II Timothy 3:16, Proverbs 3:11-12)
·Causes you to profit in Christ, (II Timothy 3:16, John 15:16)
·Brings to your remembrance the Word of God, (John 14:26)
·Guides you into Truth, (John 16:13)
·Exhorts you, (Jude 3, Romans 12:1)
·Comforts you, (John 14:16, Psalm 23:4)
·Rebukes and reproves you, (Titus 1:13, II Timothy 4:2)
·Convicts you of sin, (Romans 6:1-23)
·Leads you to salvation, (Romans 10:9-10, II Timothy 3:15)
·Assures you of the Heavenly Father's love toward you, (I John 3:1, Jeremiah 31:3)
·Admonishes and warns you, (Ephesians 6:4, Acts 21:4,10-14)
·Edifies you, (Ephesians 4:12)
·Increases our faith, (Romans 10:17)
·Cause you to triumph in life through Christ, (II Corinthians 2:14)
The Seven Elements To Clearly Hearing God's Voice
Now that you know the five voices, and how they sound, there are the seven elements that must be in place in your life, if you are going to properly discern which voice is speaking.
If you want to hear from God more clearly, spend more time with Him and His Word. Paul told his spiritual son Timothy, "All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
Knowing the Word guards us from deception—and from falling into the trap of listening to other voices or even following vain imaginations. If you seek God, you will hear His voice. You don't have to be in a quiet room to hear from God. Your soul just needs to be quiet and focused on Him. Let your spirit dominate. Listen with spiritual ears. You can hear Him!
Recognize that God communicates in many forms, but most often through your mind.
God may choose any one of many different ways to communicate to you, according to what’s best at particular times and in particular circumstances. You may sometimes hear God’s message in dramatic ways, such as through angels, visions, or miraculous events. But more often, you’ll hear God speaking through your thoughts, and He will use ordinary practices such as reading the Bible, praying quietly, learning from circumstances, or seeking counsel from other Christians to reach out to you as you think about them. God will use dramatic means to get your attention when necessary, but His goal is for you to be so closely connected to Him that you’ll pay attention whenever He speaks to you. Usually, God speaks through what people have described as a “still, small voice” to encourage those He loves to choose to keep walking closely with Him through life.
Renew your mind.
Since God often speaks to you through your mind and wants you to develop what the Bible calls the “mind of Christ” (the ability to make decisions as Jesus would), it’s crucial for you to follow the Bible’s urging in Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.” As you invite the Holy Spirit to renew your mind every day, He will cleanse it from such dirt and clutter as false beliefs and attitudes, unhealthy feelings, and misguided plans. Then the Holy Spirit will replace all of that with true thoughts that reflect God’s purposes.
Invite Holy Spirit to help you when you read the written word.
The Word of God is a living, creative force – Jesus Himself – and He is actively at work when you read God’s written word – the Bible – prayerfully. When you read the Bible, ask Jesus to make the Bible’s words come alive for you and become conduits through which He sends His thoughts, faith, and love into your soul. Then focus on what He sends you and orient yourself toward it so it will begin to transform your life.
Recognize God’s voice above all others. By experience, you can learn to recognize God’s voice when He speaks, and to confidently respond to what He says. When thoughts recur, pray about them to discern if they may be coming from God. Keep in mind that God will never send you a message that contradicts biblical principles. Also, God’s voice carries the weight of authority within it, and expresses a spirit of peace, confidence, joy. If you think that God may be speaking to you, ask Him to confirm so as you study and meditate on the Bible, as you’re alert to your circumstances , or as you experience the Holy Spirit’s impressions in your mind.
Set aside time regularly to listen for God’s messages. Make a habit of intentionally and expectantly listening for whatever God may want to tell you. It’s more important to become a person who listens regularly to God than it is to constantly ask God to give you guidance.
Set aside sometime today to begin listening for God's voice and hearing his promises and plans for you. Keep a journal to remember the things he brings to life in you.
The 5 Voices
In every decision that you are called to make and in every situation that you are faced with, there is always going to be five different voices speaking to you.
(1) The voice of God
(2) The voice of your conscience
(3) The voice of your reasoning
(4) The voice of your flesh
(5) The voice of the devil
There are certain voices that you detect immediately. Name your favorite singer! Each of their voices has a distinct sound pitch. In the realm of the spirit, the five voices are the same way! They each have a distinctive sound pitch. We're going to examine each of these five voices and get to know their sound pitch from the Written Word of God. After this teaching, you'll be on track to clearly hearing God's voice. We'll start at the bottom of the list and work our way to the top, saving the best for last!
The Voice of The Devil - (Psalm 55:1-3)
This is how the voice of the devil sounds. When he speaks, his voice comes to:
If you hear: fear, confusion, torment, doubt, justification of sin, etc., you don't have to pray about it or seek counseling. You are listening to the voice of the devil!
We will look at the Voice of the Flesh next.
Scriptures: Genesis 1:26-28; Matthew 22:20; Romans 8:29; Hebrews 1:1-3; Colossians 3:10
Our Make-Up: We are spirit, we have a soul and we live in a body!
Paul speaks of our triune-ness when he connects the body, soul and the spirit “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”. (1 Thessalonians 5:23) and again, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:1-2).
This one is a little more tricky “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Cor. 6:20). I would like to suggest the you that Paul is speaking about is the spirit YOU!
The Body (Greek, "soma")
This is the entire material or physical structure of a human being -- it is the physical part of a person.
The Soul (Greek, "psyche") Genesis 2:7 states that Man was created as a "living soul." The soul consists of the mind which includes the conscience, imagination, the will and the emotions. The soul and the spirit are mysteriously connected and make up what the Scriptures call the heart."
When the scriptures speak of your heart it's not references your (heart) organ, but the core or center of our existence. Proverbs speaks of the this when its says "Trust in the Lord with all your heart" Proverbs 3:5. and again "Keep the heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life" Pro. 4:23. Jesus even spoke of it; Settle therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what you shall answer" Luke 21:14. The heart is the center of our being, some have suggested that its location is in the abdominal area. what we call the "pit"
Now back to the "soul" Our natural (psuchikos -- soulish) man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised (1 Cor. 2:14 NASB). Warning, we must never be led by our souls!
The Spirit (Greek " Pneuma") In Numbers 16:22, Moses and Aaron, "…fell upon their faces and said, 'O God, God of the spirits of all flesh, when one man sins, will you be angry with the entire congregation?'" This verse names God as the God of the spirits that are possessed by all humanity. Notice also that it mentions the flesh body) of all mankind, connecting it with the spirit.
The spirit and soul are forever connected and can only be separated by the Lord;
"For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).
We see in this passage that the soul and spirit can be divided -- and that it is the Word of God that pierces our heart to bring the division of soul and spirit, this is something that only God can do. As human beings, we live eternally as a spirit, we have a soul, and we dwell in a body.
The Psalmist declared,
"For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well" (Ps. 139:13-14 NASB).
So let's rejoice with the Psalmist!