#5029 – Be Discerning

Good morning people who know the voice and the character of God.

Not every voice that sounds convincing or that quotes scripture is the voice of God. This is a necessary truth that we need to be aware of in the days that we are living in.

Just because it sounds right, doesn’t make it right. Just because it is a scripture quoted, doesn’t make it what God is saying to you.

Did you know that the devil made some right-sounding statements to Jesus and He even used scripture in his temptation of Him in the wilderness?

Once again, it is always an origin of voice issue, and it is time for us as followers of Jesus to be more discerning.

Have a look at this scripture below.

Matthew 4:1-11 NIV 1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

May we recognise when it is the voice of God speaking and when it is the enemy speaking.