There is a sure way to know if the voice you hear is that of a stranger or not.
John 10:5 – And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
In our world today, there are more voices speaking into the atmosphere about us than one can imagine. Some think it makes no difference what they hear, but this is a deception of the enemy. Jesus said we should both take heed “WHAT” and “HOW” we hear. The reason for that needs to be understood by every believer, but sadly, it is not. You see, faith, the spiritual force that pleases, and therefore, moves God, comes by hearing. HEARING is critical to the life you lead. Hear lies, and you train yourself to hear lies. Hear gossip and you train yourself to hear gossip. Hear backbiting and you train yourself to hear backbiting. Hear deception and you train yourself to hear deception. Hear faith, and you train yourself to hear faith. In short, what you train yourself to hear is what you will most predominantly hear.
Moreover, what we hear impacts us like the information we receive from no other sense gate. Once again, Jesus said we are to take heed “HOW” and “WHAT” we hear. I have used the following pattern for life for many years. “Guard your thoughts, they become your words. Guard your words they become your actions. Guard your actions, they become your habits. Guard your habits, they become your character. Guard your character, it becomes your legacy.” One point that is not made in that litany of things to guard is your hearing. And what makes that so very important to his list Is that what hear, if not guarded with your “HOW” and “WHAT” filters will become your thoughts. Have you ever found yourself thinking about something to which you have only casually listened? Yes, sight is important, but sight plays primarily to your soulish (mind, will, intellect, and emotions) arena, while hearing plays directly into your spirit man. And this is especially true when we speak to ourselves. That is why meditation (speaking, or muttering, to yourself the same words again and again) of the Word is vital to victorious Christian living.
So how can we be assured that what we hear is truth? Go to the Word, my friend, go to the Word. God’s Word is truth. It is the truth you know that makes you free. If it is freedom you seek, then it is truth you must hear and in which you must walk. When you know the Word of God, you know when that which is NOT the Word is being spoken, and you know you should avoid it and get away from it. And when you hear voices that speak contrary to the Word of God, you are hearing the voice of a stranger. Regardless of how well you may know the sound of someone’s voice (parent, sibling, etc.) it is the source of one’s voice that is either true or false, that of your Master or a stranger. Know the Word, my friend, and you can guard yourself against the voice of a stranger.
Manna for Today – John 10:1-21; 2 Timothy 2:22; John 8:31-32; Mark 4:24; Luke 8:18