One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made when hearing God’s voice is in two ways
- I based His voice on past experiences (mine and others)
- I based His voice on my own feelings
Let’s get this straight – my feelings are almost never right. John Piper once quoted:
“My feelings are not God. God is God. My feelings do not define truth. God’s word defines truth. My feelings are echoes and responses to what my mind perceives. And sometimes – many times – my feelings are out of sync with the truth. When that happens – and it happens every day in some measure – I try not to bend the truth to justify my imperfect feelings, but rather, I plead with God: Purify my perceptions of your truth and transform my feelings so that they are in sync with the truth.”
Like John said, sometimes and many times – your feelings are not in sync with God’s truth.
My preconceived ideas and judgments of other situations and people are…well, just that – judgments.
The way to know God’s voice is first – you have to know His character.
God’s character reveals His:
Here, I offer you 3 ways, where your thoughts do not reflect those of God’s. When these thoughts creep in, it’s important that we renew our minds & filter out what doesn’t serve us or God’s Kingdom. If your desire is to plug into the supernatural prophetic gifts and discern His voice, you must block these mindsets:
1.) You are critical.
This is a form of thinking that does not add value to God’s creation. God created everyone with a unique appearance, unique thinking, unique purpose, and unique everything. Do not put down God’s people.
Remember when the Lord told Samuel to go and anoint the appointed king with oil and there was tall dark, and handsome Eliab and here was scrawny little David – who looked nothing like a king?
“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or his stature , because I have rejected him. Man does not see what the LORD sees, for man sees what is visible, but the LORD sees the heart.”
When you face a a problem with someone, learn how to deal with confronting them. You can read my article on how to confront others here.
2.) You dread your day when you wake up.
Guilty. More often than I would like, I drag my feet out of bed, dreading the day ahead. Then I get a little whip from the Holy Spirit, reminding me that each day is a gift. Why do I need to drag feet when God created me for specific purpose? The purpose could be as simple as loving on my husband and my child. It could be speaking encouraging words to someone at the grocery store. It could even be calling a friend out of the blue, only to find out she’s been battling depression. Wake up, and be thankful God gifted you another day.
3.) You complain or play victim
Woe is me. If only I could make a list of things I have heard (and said)…I get it, I used to be that person – but hey – at the time I did not know better. Now I’m here to say…quit yo’ complaining! Complaining represents an attitude problem. A problem of ungratefulness! A complaining person can’t seem to find the good of any situation and somehow, something always seems to negatively affect them. I recently watched the movie “Hidden Figures” and one gal tells her friend “quit complaining & do something about it!”
Are you guilty of any of these? What changed your mindset once you realized these thoughts crossed you minds? I would love to know!