Navigating Your Spiritual Journey with Divine Guidance

1 Kings 13:18
He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.

All that glitters is not gold! The most important thing in your journey with Christ is hearing His voice. We live from word to word. I am living today on the last word I received from Him. Until I get new direction, I shall continue to walk in the path that His last set of instructions sent me down. It is imperative that we hear from God so that we may walk in the greatest confidence of our calling. Nothing casts more doubt into a situation than not knowing the mind of God. We can get in trouble real quickly when we do not learn to discern the voice of God from other voices. There will be lots of opportunities to take advice from well-intended or not-so-well intended people who frankly have no clue about God’s will for your life. Just listen to what God has spoken! What matters most is not what others are saying to you, no matter how highly you esteem them, but what God has said or is still saying. As always, the biggest test of all is the scripture test. If what is being said to you or what you think God is speaking to you is not consistent with the Bible, then you should not listen to that voice! The Word of God will never lead you wrong. Make it a habit each and every day to read your Bible, asking the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart through its pages. If you do this, you’ll find that God’s voice will become clearer and clearer to you, drowning out the voices of doubt and deception. There is nothing like getting a fresh Word from God, but we’re not going to hear that voice clearly if we disregard the Bible and what it has to say! I have noticed that when I’m consistently in the Word, I’m also consistently hearing from God! On the other hand, when I’m consistently too busy to read the Word, I’m also consistently distracted in my walk with Christ. The Bible is like a gold mine…if you keep digging, you’ll eventually strike gold! Do not get discouraged through the tougher times when it seems like you’re not getting anything, because at any moment, you could hit the spot you’ve been needing! Keep digging in the Word, and His voice will never lead you wrong!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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