Daily Devotion

7 Questions to Help You Recognize the Voice of the Shepherd

Does it cause destruction?

The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). It is his desire to rob you of the goodness that God has in store. One way to discern if God is speaking is to determine three things.

  • Does this thought steal something from me? (My strength, my positivity, my desire)
  • Does it kill or will it kill me or someone else? (Emotionally, mentally or physically)
  • Could it destroy something important to me? (My relationship, my career, my health)

Chances are, if you can answer yes to these questions about a voice that’s leading you, it’s not God’s voice. However, God’s voice will sometimes bring pain; sometimes, he asks us to give things up and it feels like destruction. Only His Spirit can bring absolute clarity. Ultimately, God’s voice will not lead you to destruction but to life and wellness.

Learning about the enemy’s tricks when it comes to the battlefield of our mind is a very important aspect of our Christian journey. Without an awareness of the distinct difference between God’s voice and the enemy’s voice we can easily fall prey to the devices of the enemy.

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8-9)

This devotion series is from a post by Victoria Riollano that originally appeared in an I Believe.com article.