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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Tuesday
    May012012

    The Still, Small Voice

    “Just let your conscience be your guide” (Jiminy Cricket, “Pinocchio”)

     

    The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.

    12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.” (1 Kings 19:11-13)

     

    "I hear your voice on the wind
    And I hear you call out my name

    "Listen, my child," you say to me
    "I am the voice of your history
    Be not afraid, come follow me
    Answer my call, and I'll set you free"

    I am the voice in the wind and the pouring rain

    I am the voice of your hunger and pain
    I am the voice that always is calling you
    I am the voice, I will remain..."

    (Celtic Woman, "The Voice")

     

    In regards to other religions (or lack thereof), and popular culture/media, the same language, names, and words refer to “that still, small voice”. Similar practices and similar experiences make more confusion. So, how does a person tell if the “still, small voice” they hear is actually God?

     

    Check the Bible. If the Inner Voice (IV) does not line up precisely with Scripture, do not follow it.

     

    My inner voice/gut/conscience, has helped me sometimes. It has also caused me much grief and anguish. My IV has been convinced that a person was going to die from an illness, then they rebounded and are still alive. My IV convinced me that my unborn baby would be healed, but she died and I was shocked.

     “There is a psychological gain in the conviction that an awesome decision-maker resides within oneself. Discover this decision-maker, set her (or him) free, and lean back to enjoy the ride. Sounds like you've found God, no?” (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/one-among-many/200901/your-inner-voice-never-lies-does-it-know-what-it-is-talking-about)

     

    That “God-shaped hole” in each person cries out for God’s companionship, but we cannot fill it; we cannot meet God on our terms. We cannot tell God how He should meet us. We have to ask Him what His terms are. And His terms are not mysterious,

    With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. “ (Ephesians 1:8-10).

     

    He has revealed Himself to us through His word,

    In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son,” (Hebrews 1:1-2).

     

    He has made a way for us to Him through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross,

    Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3).

     

    We cannot assume that God will “find” us (He already knows where we are) or meet us when we go against the Bible by meditating, performing rituals, or calling God (conjuring) outside of prayer. “Do not test God” (Deut. 6:16, Matt. 4:7, Luke 4:12). “If you love me, obey my commands” (John 14:15).

     

    We can go to Scripture to learn God’s will and character,

    All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

     

    Because God’s will and character never change, (Malachi 3:6, Num. 23:19, Hebrews 7:21, James 1:17), we can be assured that if “the still, small voice” is God, it will line up with the Bible.

     

    See also: Good Intentions

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