“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness. The voice of the Lord is over the waters, the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the might waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars. The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. ” (Psalm 29:2-7).
“The voice of the Lord shakes the desert. The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in His temple all cry, ‘Glory!” The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.” (Psalm 29:8-11)
Are we hearing the voice of God, or the influence of the devil? About six months ago, I watched the movie ‘Chaos Walking.’ In summary, it was about two unlikely companions embarking on a perilous adventure through the badlands of an unexplored planet as they try to escape a dangerous, and disorienting reality where everyone’s thoughts are heard by all. What would we hear if we had that ability?
Are we listening to God’s or Satan’s voice? God wants us to listen to His will through His words and His Spirit. Satan wants us to listen to His influences and our flesh. Remember, 1 John 4:1-3 tells us not to believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God because of many false prophets in the world. This is how we recognize the Spirit of God.
Every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God but is the spirit of the antichrist, which we heard was coming and even now is already in the world. If we have given our lives to Christ, we should find comfort in remembering that our loving Father knows us better than we know ourselves. God knows our desire to please Him even though we stumble sometimes. (Psalm 37:23)
We should have confidence to cry, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23–24). We do not have to be afraid of being vulnerable to our Creator. Let us continue striving to have a mind like Christ.