One thing is for certain in the life of a follower of Christ: we must be cautious about what we accept as truth. With all of the voices speaking as “authorities” subject matter from the Scriptures, it can become a bit overwhelming. More than this, it becomes difficult to know who’s account is accurate. As seen in the Eden account, the Word of God can be manipulated to make one’s case (Gen. 3). In other words, if we do not know the Word of God for ourselves, we become potential targets for spiritual defeat.
However, it takes more than knowing the Word of God. It also takes having a relationship with God. Having a relationship with someone allows us the opportunity to learn how to know when the other person is communicating to us, regardless of whichever medium they use. In relation to the Word of God, a person who has a genuine relationship with God can distinguish between the voice of one speaking for God or themselves. Why? Because this person has spent time cultivating this relationship through prayer and the study of God’s Word.
In light of this, if you can be honest with yourself and admit that you have allowed yourself to be distracted by other voices, please take some time to recalibrate your priorities. We each have experienced this. I know I have. There is no shame in making this discovery and doing something to make the necessary adjustments. As light as this may seem, it is actually a matter of life and death.
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”
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