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.