By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
“For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12
We are surrounded by noise. People are talking all around us, the TV shouts advertisements, our phones chirp with notifications, texts and calls. The world is shouting at us in every type of way and with every different type of opinions.
These voices include one of truth, and one of lies. With all the outside voices already shouting at us, it can be hard to hear one and not the other. Satan loves to whisper his lies around to make us feel inferior and small. He strives to make our lives a wreck and confuse us by offering us the joy of sin and then condemning us after we commit it and make it seem unforgiveable.
However, there is always a light in the darkness and God’s voice is always there to help us and guide us, we just need to follow. He will never tell you to do, think or say anything that contradicts His word. He directly tells us to recognize His voice through His Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
The enemy’s voice will:
- Rush you (James 4:7)
- Push you (Genesis 3:13)
- Frighten you (1 Peter 5:8)
- Confuse you (Genesis 3:4-5)
- Discourage you (2 Corinthians 11:3)
- Worry you (1 John 3:8)
- Condemn you (John 10:10)
God’s voice however, is full of unconditional love and only wants what is best for us. God’s voice will:
- Comforts you (Isaiah 51:11)
- Protect you (Psalm 121:7)
- Help you (Psalm 115:11)
- Convict you (John 16:13)
- Lead you (Isaiah 30:21)
- Still you (Psalm 29:11)
If you are ever unsure about what you are hearing, just check God’s Word and see if it pans out. More often than not, if it aligns with what He says, it is from God. Anything opposite is from the enemy. So he next time you hear Satan speak to you, arm yourself with His words and affirm yourself of God’s love for you.
His Word and voice is powerful.
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