We all can give advice based on our opinions, experience, and our perspectives of the truth. But should we? We need to be very careful when we are receiving or giving advice. Did you pray about it? Is it aligned with the Word of God? Did you consult with the Holy Spirit? Is this advice coming from the voice of God? If we would only ask ourselves these questions before we give advice, and be in obedience to what we hear from God, then we will know what to say or even if we should say anything at all.
Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27)
Hearing God speak is a blessing we receive as His children. The voice of God will give us direction. The voice of God will give us clarity. If we listen to the Holy Spirit, we cannot go wrong. It is vital that we focus on hearing the Holy Spirit and being led by His voice only. Scripture says there will be many false prophets and teachers. Remember even the devil knows scripture! He tried to use it to tempt Jesus in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:5-6) We must know His voice because correct and sound doctrine is crucial to our salvation and growth in the knowledge of His grace. This is how we grow into spiritual maturity.
This world does not hold the answer to our deepest cry for intimacy and peace with God, or the enjoyment of His presence and power in every area of our lives. Only Jesus knows and only through Him, will the help of the Holy Spirit can we enter into the Kingdom of God. His way is the only way out of darkness. His voice is the only truth.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:16)
“We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us: whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.” (1 John 4:6)
We can learn from Moses, who did mighty things through God, but still fell short in the end. Toward the end of his life, Moses hit the rock twice in disobedience, and yelled at the people out of anger and impatience. Despite his years of service, Moses’s disobedience kept him from entering the promised land. (Numbers 20) Moses misrepresented God. He did what he wanted and not what God had instructed him to do. This should be a lesson to us that when we hear the voice of God, we should be obedient.
“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” (2 John 1:6)
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,” (Ephesians 4:15)
When we give advice it should come from a place of love that is always based on God’s Word, not our opinions or emotions. Also when we seek spiritual advice from a friend or spiritual leader, we must make sure that person is in tuned with God and is giving us God’s truth and not their truth.
“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raise against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Sometimes we may not want to hear godly advice. We want to hear what we want to hear, to make us feel better or to feel justified. And it may help us feel better temporary, but when we receive God’s truth, which is the only truth, we are set free forever! Love and Blessings…
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:33)