Begging the Question

God’s Voice And Our Flesh

by Joel Ramshaw

There are many times when God will not always answer when we ask him for direction. We ask if he is ‘ok’ with us doing this-or-that and do not receive either a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ answer. The reason is he is testing us on our independent judgement ability. God speaks to us through his written word, not just with his Spirit. The answer to what we are asking God will usually be found already in the Bible. The problem is, we do not always like the answer we see there, so we want to ask him. For example, suppose there is this tv show I may enjoy, but it’s values are terrible and its full of filth. If I ask God whether he is ok with me watching it, there is a good chance he will not respond yes or no, because I am already expected to be at the level of judgement and discernment where I can make the right choice… or at least err on the side of caution. There are enough Bible passages which speak to this choice that we really have no valid excuse for making the wrong choice. When God will not give us any answer, either yes or no, we must not take this as a sign that he is ok with what we are doing. Usually the opposite is true and it should be taken as a warning sign that we are being evaluated. A young child relies on their parent on what they are allowed to do and is told ‘yes’ or ‘no’ all the time. Early on in the prophetic, you will often hear God’s voice amazingly often, even on mundane matters. As you mature you may expect God to speak more. The surprising truth is, God will actually speak less to a mature believer when it comes to common areas of life. He will still speak often towards ministry-related things, but when it comes to your personal life he will expect you to use your own judgement and spiritual discernment more often instead of always relying on his voice. Usually the reason we ask is because we already know the right thing to do, but we want a way out so we can do what is convenient to us. When all else fails, always err on the side of caution rather than take the risk.

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