Several years ago the church we were leading was in the midst of some special meetings with a famous minister. I was walking to my office located off the front foyer of the building when a lady entered the front doors and spoke to one of the greeters on station there. She asked the greeter if the pastor was in yet? Her exact words were, "God has sent me to this church!" I over heard the conversation and got a little excited thinking we may have a new church member in the works. She followed up her first statement with, "God told me that you pastor and I are supposed to write a new book of the New Testament." My reaction to over hearing that statement was to make a hasty retreat through my office door and hide under my desk! lol
Have you noticed lately that there seems to be an increase of people saying things like, "God told me this....." and, "God says the other thing, etc." Everyone seems to be hearing things from God.
In the past few months people have come to me telling me all kinds of things. One lady said that she was actually "El Shaddi." And then went on to say that the Lord was showing her that she was sent to our church to lead us to a much higher level! I'm leaving a lot out of this very messy situation. However, the bottom line is that this gal is totally deceived and the voices she is hearing are those of demons! Yet try to convince her that is the case!!!! She will not hear it!
Someone else recently gave me a long paper of the words that God had given them. In the paper "Jesus" says, "I am Jesus, you do not have to listen to man, as I am speaking to you!" The interesting thing is that "Jesus" goes on and tells this person that they should do things that would bring them back under the Law. Interesting, huh?? Once again we recognized the words of demons trying to make in roads into our church and into this person's life, bringing them out of Grace, back under the Law....which would equal spiritual death!
Here are a few guidelines in helping you determine if the voice you are hearing is actually God or not:
#1. Of course, the most simple test is to see how your voice is lining up with the Scriptures. By the way... not some new scriptures, like the lady visitor to our church wanted me to help her write, but the Word of God....Genesis through Revelation! God will NEVER tell you something that goes contrary to that found in the Bible!
#2. Don't keep things secret! If you are getting some private revelation, something that you sense others around you will not understand, etc., watch out...demons are at work! Remember the devil does his best work in darkness and in secret. If you sense God is telling you something and your pastor or others within you church just won't understand...I'd suggest you look for little red warning flags flying!
#3. What is your reaction to any criticism of the word you are getting from God? What is your attitude when someone brings correction to you? Are you offended? Do you get angry? Is so, know right away that what you are hearing is NOT God! If you are hearing the "Real Thing" it can stand up to the sniff test of correction! If it is really God and your counsel says it isn't really God, you should be able to weather the storm! God never works around anger and offense, so if you storm out of the pastor's office with a ..."Bless God..I'll never come to this church again!" type of attitude, you can just about guarantee that you are listening to demons not God!
In closing Im a firm beleiver in that most Christians are not really hearing from God! If they were, things would be greatly changed in this world of ours! If God tells you something, it will happen! It can pass the tests that I listed above.
I hope this helps someone today! If you have any questions send me an email, I'd love to talk more about it. My email addy is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace and Peace!