BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY: “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” – John 10:27
God will guide you
by Lynette Kittle
How do you make decisions in life? Do you believe that everything depends on you or do you rely on God to direct your steps?
You may believe that since God has given you free will, it is up to you what to do and where to go. And yes, God has given you the ability to choose but He wants you to choose His ways.
Proverbs 3:5-6 encourages you to: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; Submit to him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.
So, by choosing to follow God, you don’t have to depend on your own knowledge for he will lead you. By doing so, you will gain the ability to hear his voice. John 10:27 describes how “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
Of course, you always have the choice to listen to God or go your own way. If you choose to venture out on your own, you might want to ask yourself, are you listening to your own voice or following someone else’s direction?
If you don’t know how to distinguish between the different thoughts that come to mind, 2 Corinthians 10:5 commands you to “take every thought into captivity to make it obedient to Christ.”
So, in a practical, day-to-day way, what does that look like?
When the devil tried to lead Jesus astray in the wilderness, Luke 4:1-13 describes how he succeeded in bringing the thoughts into captivity. He turned to the truth of God as he answered, understanding, “The weapons with which we fight are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to tear down strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4).
As Hebrews 4:12 explains, “The word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any two-edged sword, it penetrates to the point of dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrows, it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
As he studied the scriptures, Jesus was ready to cast away evil thoughts that would lead him astray. Like Him, you too can prepare to recognize and capture ungodly thoughts by studying God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15).
If you want to be sure that you hear God’s voice and follow His direction, the key is to know God’s Word. Studying the scriptures prepares you to recognize His voice and gives you the ability to distinguish what is true or false.
Lynette Kittle is married with four daughters. She enjoys writing about faith, marriage, parenting, relationships, and life. Her writing has been published by Focus on the Family, Decision, Today’s Christian Woman, iBelieve.com, kirkcameron.com, Ungrind.org, and more. She holds a Masters in Communication from Regent University and is an Associate Producer for Soul Check TV.
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