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“Discerning Voices” by Cynthia A. Lovely

THE WORD – Isaiah 30:21

 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.”

The secret here is to be sure the voice you hear behind you is the Lord’s voice and not man’s. 

Have you ever felt boxed in? Trying to make an important decision and hearing so many conflicting voices and well-meaning advice from people. Leaving you confused and frustrated and….aarrghh!

When we are faced with this dilemma, we need to get down on our knees and pray till we are sure we hear God’s voice above all the rest. Now I do believe in a multitude of counselors and the wisdom of mentors. Yet there comes a time when we must filter through each and every thought thrown in our path. People who may think they have our best interests at heart may also harbor their own agenda and not even realize it. (Case in point, when my best friend moved out of state many years ago, I could not give an honest opinion of the will of God for her…because I just didn’t want her to leave me!)

What would a wise leader tell someone seeking a major transition?

Here are some questions that may apply and would identify a good mentor:
  • What do you feel the Lord is leading you to do?
  • Have you prayed about it and are you and your spouse in agreement?
  • Have you sought answers from the Word of God and does the decision line up with it?
  • Is the decision based solely on emotion or are there strong facts that support your choice?
  • And finally…”I know you have a relationship with Jesus, I trust you to do the right thing, and I’ll continue to pray for you because I love you and support you!”

I hope and pray that we will learn to guide people in this way and truly want and desire what is best for them, regardless of our own “agenda, feelings or emotions.”

The Lord tells us to, “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Philippians 2:12.”

Have you ever been conflicted from advice flying at you from every direction?  Aarrghh….!!


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