In today’s world it’s become harder than ever before to listen past the busyness, the noise, and the distractions that are screaming and pulling at us constantly, to hear that small still voice. However difficult as it may be compared to times past, it’s also never been more necessary to know your shepherds voice from the voice and pullings of others.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1 KJV)
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (Matthew 7:15 KJV)
Beware the wolves in sheep’s clothing prowling among todays flock speaking half truths and whole lies. This passage goes on to explain that you will know them by their fruits. In other words, judge them by their actions (what their lives produce) and not by their words.
Though we are saved by faith and not works, our works are the evidence of our faith sense faith “must be” acted upon. So just as an apple is evidence that you are looking at an apple tree, so or a persons works the evidence of what they truly believe. Our actions truly do speak louder then our words.
Aside from learning to discern between the voice and spirit of God, and other spirits operating in the people around us, it’s perhaps more important to learn to recognize His voice speaking directly to our own hearts. To do this it is crucial to set aside time to talk with God daily. The more you pray and simply talk to/with God the more familiar you will become with His voice and the less likely you are to be fooled. Set aside time to pull away from all the distractions and busyness of your life and find a quiet place to get alone with God. To really get to know someone you have to spend time with them.
Finally “Test All Spirits”, rather it be from an other person or something you feel was spoken directly to you, against the Scripture. Remember that the Voice of God will never contradict the Word of God. Spend time in His Word. The more you read His Word the more you’ll know and recognize, both His character, and the tactics and character of the deceiver.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. (John 10:1-5 KJV)