While on a tour in Poland, one man out of the group would call the waiter with “PRAH-chuh! PRAH- chuh!” which he told the rest of the group meant “please.” They began to notice that the guide was growing more and more uncomfortable. Finally he politely said, “Please, it is pronounced “PRAH-shuh.” Asked what “PRAH-chuh” meant, the guide replied with a sigh, “little pig.” I don’t know about you, but even after all this time I still sometimes struggle with what God is saying. And now, here we are. How do you know it’s God?
We really haven’t addressed this yet and it does need to be addressed. How do you know it’s the Lord? Let alone what He’s saying. It’s astounding to know that God does speak in multiple ways and yet man may not perceive it as Job said. The more pre-occupied we become with the priorities of our own pursuits, the less likely we are to recognize when God is speaking to us, much less, even regard what He is saying.
The Voice of God Must Be Confirmed
I Corinthians 2:14, “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” The voice of the Lord must not only be heard, but it must also be discerned. We must examine, scrutinize, search, and confirm those things reported to be the Word of the Lord.
The Bible says do not treat prophecies with contempt and test everything! Hold on to the good. We should never take for granted that if someone says, “Thus says the Lord” that it really is. We should always test it. Since it’s true that the Lord may speak, yet man may not perceive it, how then can I perceive it and know that it’s truly the Lord’s voice?
I believe that’s one question that every one of us has. How can I know that it’s the Lord? We’ve already discussed that it absolutely, first and foremost must come back to scripture, so I trust that’s not even an issue. It must line up with scripture, but even beyond that, it must line up with God’s character; is He like that? How does this message affirm the glory and Lordship of Jesus Christ? Because that’s the supreme purpose of all revelation. We must understand how totally wrapped up God is in His Son.
The Voice of God Will Not Detract from the Glory of Jesus
Jesus Christ is at the center of God’s beating heart. Everything God thinks, everything God does, everything God determines and says has as its ultimate purpose, the supreme exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ. He will allow nothing to detract from the Lord’s glory. If it is a word from the Lord that you are dealing with, it will always attest to and glorify the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
“Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
-- Philippians 2:9-11
Every single being will one day bow their knee, lift their face and say, “Jesus Christ is Lord!”
The Father loves the Son, and everything that He is about, is about making that known. In Revelation 19:10 an angel shows up to John. As John falls on his face, he says, “I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, ‘Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”
Any word from God will come testifying of Jesus. Does it lead me to Christ, or does it take me somewhere else? Does it exalt Jesus in all of His glory and majesty, does it make me fall in love with Him more than ever? Or does it muddle it up and complicate it and take away from the simplicity of devotion to Jesus Christ? If you're unsure if you're correctly hearing the voice of God, these are good questions to ask.