As we are maturing in Christ one of the biggest skills we must sharpen is how to hear from Him.
Learning to hear from God requires that we distinguish His voice from our own fleshly desires. It also requires us to separate God’s truth from the enemy’s lies.
This task of trying to understand the Lord is one of the most difficult tasks that we have on the path to maturity... But it is vitally important that His people hear His voice!
One of the ways that we distinguish the voice of the Lord from other voices is to wait for confirmation.
A “confirmation” is a way that God repeats what He said the first time. It helps us to know that He IS really speaking to us.
I remember a friend who was in a conflict with a few people within her church, she felt like she heard the Lord tell her that she was to remain steadfast in her stance and that her “opponents” were not hearing Him because they had their own agenda. But she was unsure that she was really hearing the Lord.
I saw her as she emerged from a Church Bible Study one evening with LIFE on her face and she said that in the middle of Bible Study the leader had them turn to Matthew 15:8, which read “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” The Holy Spirit fell on her as these words were read and she just knew that she was hearing the Lord and that He had brought confirmation.
This is how we should operate when we have doubts about hearing God – we need to ask God for confirmation.
"Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” 2 Corinthians 13:1
One of the problems that we run into is understanding the difference between confirmation and coincidence.
There have been times in walking through the lessons of maturity that I had my own will at work in my life. I stumbled several times in my early days because I thought I found a scripture that confirmed what was in my mind. But it wasn’t really confirmation… it was coincidence.
The difference was – that the Holy Spirit was not part of the “confirming.” It was all head knowledge. When waiting on a second witness from the Lord about what He’s saying – we must be aware that the Holy Spirit is engaged in the confirming.
Not everything in our minds is from the Lord. Some of it has come from our own will. Some of it has come from the enemy. The skill that Believers MUST sharpen in themselves is the ability to discern between the three voices.
Waiting for confirmation from the Lord can be one way that discernment is sharpened. The Lord is never in a hurry. We can put something on the shelf until He brings a second or third witness to what He is trying to say to us.
The enemy knows how to use coincidence to draw us into a trap.
I know a man who felt like the Lord wanted him to purchase a specific building and God would use it to prosper his family. He “heard” the Lord tell him, “This is what I have promised you.” It was a lot of money and it was a big risk. But he felt certain that he heard the Lord. It turned out to be a disaster and put the family further into debt. It seemed like confirmation but really it was the enemy using coincidence.
This man failed to get a second or third witness and to ask the Body of Christ to pray with him about it.
The voice felt VERY real to the man. But that’s what the enemy does. He’s a counterfeiter. He tries to sound like the Lord. One of my friends says that Satan is the “Great Almost.”
If your spirit feels odd about something that you are hearing from the Lord… just wait.
Take your time and pray.
Take authority over all counterfeit confirmations and coincidences. Ask the Lord to show you His voice. Trust Him to separate the Holy from the profane.
Ask your friends to pray. Tell them you don’t want their advice. Tell them you’d like for them to listen to the Lord on your behalf.
Be sure that you are feeling the confirmation of the Holy Spirit. He is intimately involved in all of the things of the Kingdom.
Remember – if you ask for wisdom (which is asking for the mind of Christ) He always gives it and NEVER denies it.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt,
because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
Be careful once you hear His voice and have the confirmation you have asked for to not fall into doubt and disbelief! Hang onto God’s word with all of your might!