The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living. PSALM 19:7-8

How do we discern God’s voice? By reading His words.

It is critical that we hear His directions, instructions, and encouragement. Scripture shows us over and over how God wants to speak to us through His Word. It is the primary means by which He reveals Himself to us.

That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to how He’s been speaking to us throughout history and how He continues to speak today, sharing His voice through the pages of His Word. Now, keep in mind I’m not saying that God never speaks outside the Bible or that it’s always wrong to listen for those other ways that God speaks.

But when we accept everything as from Him on a first time hearing, we will most likely be deceived by some false messages because Scripture has made it clear that Satan and his allies will deceive people with their lies (1 Peter 5:8; 2 Corinthians 11:14). Listening for God is an important skill, but hearing from Him isn’t a guarantee just because we ask.

So don’t ever think you have a divine hotline straight to heaven every time you have a question or concern! In addition, don’t think you immediately hear from God whenever you read your Bible or pray either---that requires time and faith.

Over the years, my study of Scripture has been a journey of greater and greater revelation. It's not that I could never go back to my old way, but it would be like having a plate of baloney and Jell-O compared with having lobster thermidor—rich and delicious. Even though the knowledge of God I gained before was enough to save me at one point in my life, it’s no longer enough to sustain me now.

But God’s Spirit is a living breath that permeates the Scriptures. It’s not a dead letter; it’s a living breath. And like any living organism, we must inhale it deeply to receive its life-giving wisdom.

Holy Spirit, make the Word alive to me as I read it. Every time I hear the words of Scripture, let Your voice come through clearly. Let it breathe life into me.

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