For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12
Are you listening to what God has to say? Here’s how you can tell if it is His voice.
Are the words alive and do they bring life? God wants to be with us, and make us new. His love has brought us forgiveness and His Spirit brings us the power to be transformed. When God speaks it may be to convict us, but it will never condemn us. It may cut right through us, but only to bring us to a better place and fuller understanding of His love.
Are the words active and energized, and do they inspire and give you strength to do good things? God is enthusiastic about who we are and what we should be doing. His word will make us excited to love others, and give us boldness to carry out good works. When we get tired, or those things are difficult, His word encourages and gives us strength to keep at it.
Are the words moving through your heart and mind and opening your eyes to your own thoughts and motives? God wants us to understand who we are. We have selfishly tried to ignore Him, and were filled with our own wrongs and desires. But all of that is now gone through His forgiveness and the way in which the Holy Spirit changes us. We can see ourselves clearly, as God sees us. We are His children, incredibly loved and given wonderful abilities and talents that reflect His creativity and goodness.
Are you listening to all that God has to say? The word of God is right here for us.