God is our friend, but still our Lord. That means we need to keep honoring Him even while we’re close to Him. If we don’t, spiritual flakiness can enter. From the 40 Days of Daily Bread Series.
We need to avoid spiritual flakiness. How do we do that? First, we need to understand our relationship with God.
Every once in awhile you need to call a handyman to your house. In most cases the conversation is going to be very businesslike. It would be out of place to have him sit down to lunch with you while you talk about your personal life. A conversation like that is intended for friends!
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15 ESV
Jesus purposed for your relationship status to be more than the indifferent type of talking given to hired help. He calls you His friend in the scripture above. You are still a servant of the Lord and He is still over you in authority, but He wants to be close to you.
The Problem: How Spiritual Flakiness Enters
God is our friend, but still our Lord. That means we need to keep honoring Him even while we are close to Him. If we don’t, we can get into a territory of being so familiar that pride can sneak it’s way in—and that can open the door to the enemy. And that’s where spiritual flakiness enters. How’s that? It’s like this:
If we believe there is only one way to hear from God, such as His voice, we could get so puffed up thinking we’re so “spiritual” that we could be deceived by a wrong voice.
God speaks to us in more than one avenue because it’s safer. Since we’re not face-to-face with Him yet, having different ways that God speaks to us reminds us of His power that transcends our temporal body. He is eternal. A great way to know we have heard from God on a personal (non-doctrinal) issue is when we receive multiple confirmations, and we are in peace.
God will not go against His word, so we can verify the voice we hear by seeing if it lines up with Scripture. We can be sure no new doctrine will be given to us specifically even if we believe our relationship with the Lord is extra special. I’ve seen this happen many times and it’s destroyed relationships and caused people to walk in foolishness when the voice they were following wasn’t God.
Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 2 Peter 1:20 ESV
Apply the Word
This section is to help us respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22 ESV
Write the following scriptures and the answers to the prompts below in your journal. Use these prompts to avoid spiritual flakiness.
To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. John 10:3-4 ESV
- Pause and listen.
- What do you hear?
- Is there clarity or confusion?
- Is it God’s voice?
- How do you know it is His voice?
Don’t be afraid to desire to know the voice of the Lord better because you don’t want to go wrong. Just staying in God’s Word will be all you need. If you aren’t sure what you are hearing is from God, ask your pastor or a trusted ministry leader.
Will you test the voices to see if they line up with the Bible?