We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
We all have ideas about what is truth, but how do we know for sure that these ideas are coming from God? Am I hearing God? Or am I only hearing myself? Worse yet, am I hearing the temptations of Satan disguised as the leading of the Holy Spirit?
Sometimes distinguishing our own ideas from God’s leading is difficult. How do we “fit every loose thought and emotion and impulse into a life shaped by Christ” when we aren’t sure where the thoughts are coming from?
We can measure what we are hearing against several standards. Is it consistent with God’s Word? Is the Holy Spirit speaking to our heart? Are other believers in agreement with what we are hearing? Is our heart at peace with God?
We will spend the rest of the week walking through each of these concepts and how we can learn to identify whether we are hearing truth or temptation.