Read Acts 8
Focus on verse 29-31
Every now an then one hears testimonies of people who “just got a feeling” they had to do something or say something, and it turns out something awful would have happened if they had not heeded that “feeling”.
In today’s reading Philip is told by an angel to go to a certain place on a lonely desert road. When he sees a chariot traveling on that road he gets a strong sense that he should go over to the chariot.
And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. (v. 29-31)
It takes a certain amount of faith, to listen to that voice that softly nudges us to do or say something, particularly when that something is a little out of the ordinary. I have not had this happen to me often, and I can think of at least one time when I may have got it wrong. I believe there are also times when the enemy will use our minds to attempt to trick us into thinking we are hearing a prompting of God when in reality it is a prompting of our own desires that the enemy is using to lead us off course. So how can we know with certainty when we are hearing God? The acid test on this is whether what we are hearing is consistent with God’s word. If it is not, it is quite likely not God’s voice. This, once again reminds us of how important it is to be familiar enough with God’s word to be able to discern the difference between the voice of God and the tricks of the tempter.