(This is part two of a series about, The Inner Life.)
“He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” – Psalm 23:3 ESV
“My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” – John 10:27 ESV
God’s truth and presence is given to us both individually and corporately. A major part of inner transformation comes from corporate worship, through hearing the Word, singing, prayer, the Lord’s supper, and fellowship with other believers.
Learning to enjoy God’s presence and cultivating an awareness of his beauty does not guarantee every thought we have about his leading in our lives is correct. God has graciously given us the Bible and companions to guide us on our spiritual journeys. The Father has given wise Pastors/Teachers, Elders and close spiritual family to help us discern his leading in our lives. God never leads us in ways that contradict the clear teaching of Scripture. But contrary to what some well meaning theologians teach today, God still guides us at times through various gifts of the Holy Spirit, and dreams and visions. Many of these teachers are overly cautious fearing that some will mistake their own desires for the voice of God. And this is understandable.
While God is faithful to guide his people by his Word and Spirit, I’ve seen well meaning people deceived by the voice of their own imagination. This “god” of our imagination will tell us what we want to hear, or condemn us out of our own personal brokenness. So, if we desire to have a healthy inner life, and communion with God, let God’s Word and our traveling companions help us discern the voice of God.