to Recognize God's Voice - The Third
by Tom Holladay
intent is that through the church,
the manifold wisdom of God should
be made known." Ephesians
has not meant for anyone to go through
life alone. He made us to live in
relationship with other people.
So when it comes to hearing God's
voice, you need to listen to the
people around you. You need a church
family and a small group to confirm
whether what you sense God directing
you to do is true or not. This is
the third test question: Are there
other people who can confirm what
I believe God is saying to me?
God has genuinely spoken to you,
he will confirm it through other
mature believers. This idea that
we have to do everything on our
own is an American idea, not God's.
He wants you to share your idea
with others for confirmation and
listen to their feedback.
if you feel resistance to the thought
of even asking somebody else about
your idea, that should be a huge
red flag that the idea did not come
reason God tells us to get advice
is because he wants to save us from
a lot of things. As it says in Proverbs
11:9, "The wisdom of
the righteous can save you"
from other mature believers can
save you time wasted doing the wrong
thing. It can save you from wasting
money. It can save your reputation.
It can save you from making mistakes.
of the main reasons people mess
up their lives is that they have
no godly friends to give them feedback.
That is why it is so important to
be in a small group with fellow
believers who can hold you accountable
and give you advice.
Bible says, "In the multitude
of counselors there is safety"
(Proverbs 11:14b KJV). If you are
not in a small group, you are skating
on thin ice and you don't know when
you might fall through.