There are many voices in our world, and all of them speak with authority. How can we know if we’re hearing from the Lord? Dr. Kenneth Ulmer shares some principles for discerning the voice of God.
Dr. Ulmer starts the conversation with a warning: “One of the most common strategies the enemy uses against us is his ability to disguise his voice and speak things to us that come over as though this is God. The enemy majors in deception – making truth look like error and error look like truth.”
Here are some principles to discerning if you’re hearing God speaking:
1. Does it agree with or contradict the Word of God? If you hear something that is blatantly unbiblical, that is not God speaking.
2. Does it bring you revelation and peace? Scripture shares that God’s path is always peace. If this word brings you the peace that passes understanding, it’s a good sign.
3. Do the other godly people around you affirm what you’ve heard? If there’s division, that should give you pause before applying and sharing that word.
4. Recognize that often God will call us to the harder thing. In Dr. Ulmer’s words, “It will be the one that forces us to be vulnerable, that calls upon us to trust Him more than if we took the easy route.”
Dr. Ulmer points out that the whole idea of God speaking has been over-used and abused within the Church – so much so that many Christians doubt the assertion that God speaks today at all outside His Word. If we use the above principles, we’ll have a healthier understanding of what it means to hear from God. Dr. Ulmer’s book is Knowing God's Voice: Learn How to Hear God Above the Chaos of Life and Respond Passionately in Faith.