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1 John 4 tells us to test the spirits because of so much falsehood in the world. So it’s good that you are asking that question. First, if you have one, I would encourage you to start with your pastor. If you have no pastor, start searching to locate a solid bible based church and get rooted. To answer your question as succinctly as possible “voices” can come in many forms, i.e., audible, non-audible gut-feelings, etc. They ALL MUST be tested. Since the bible is mostly about what God wants us to think, be and do for HIM and His kingdom, we need to be focused on that at all times. So what is this “voice” leading you to think, encouraging you to be or prompting you to do? If the “voice” is of God it will be telling you to think, be, and do ONLY that which brings glory ultimately to the kingdom of God, not to yourself or anyone else. Hope this helps to get you started! Soli deo Gloria!
Dont be quick to act. Investigate the word received- the inspiration received- the dream received- the vision received........ Pro 19:2 (GNB) Enthusiasm without knowledge is not good; impatience will get you into trouble. (CEV) Willingness and stupidity don't go well together. If you are too eager, you will miss the road. Act 17:11 The people of Berea were more open-minded than the people of Thessalonica. They were very willing to receive God's message, and every day they carefully examined the Scriptures to see if what Paul said was true. (BBE) Now these were more noble than the Jews of Thessalonica, for they gave serious attention to the word, searching in the holy Writings every day, to see if these things were so. (ERV) The people in Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica. They were so glad to hear the message Paul told them. They studied the Scriptures every day to make sure that what they heard was really true. Action of the Holy Spirit. Healing received under false teaching We are not moved by miracles but first by the word, then the miracle. Miracles will not determent the word to be true if the word is not in accordance with the bible. Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Deu 13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, Deu 13:2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; (sign or wonder used for the purpose of getting a doctrine through) Deu 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Our Church is in a mess because of all the false doctrines excepted. It sounds real it taste real it looks real but it must pass the test of God’s word. Remember there are paradoxes in God’s word. We must know it because the devil uses it like he did with Jesus in Mathew 4:5-7. False doctrines run on part of the word of God.
We are given scripture to help us identify the spirit or people who say that they have the truth, here are 2 such scriptures: Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. 1 John 2:4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
God said that his children hear his voice, he calls them by name and the voice of a stranger they will not follow (John 10:5). Examine your soul to ascertain if I indeed God spoke to you. If you are not sure ask him and pray that he makes it easier for you to know him.
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