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“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16
There are plenty of voices in our heads, and it can be difficult to determine which one is really us or genuine. For example, we might have a voice that tells us to do things we know we shouldn’t or tempts us with things we want. This is the worldly voice, the persona’s voice. It’s not our true self, but it can be very convincing. The only way to determine which voice is really us is to subscribe to God’s Word. His voice will always be gentle and loving, while the worldly voice will be harsh and demanding. Trust in God, and you will find peace and happiness.
That’s why Colossians 3:16 admonishes us, saying, “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom…” The more the word of God you have in you, the more transformed and regenerated your inner mind to direct you, correct you, guide you, teach you, rebuke you, and instruct you. This takes us into the role of the holy spirit in these last days, which is the conviction that God wants us to be so in tune with him; when he speaks something to our heart, we should discern where it is coming from and obey.
Isaiah 30:21 says, “And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or the left.”
God designed our souls and mind to listen intently to what He said to us. But it depends on you to discern what your inner mind is saying if it is from the spirit of God or the devil. The holy spirit will convict you when you do something wrong. The nature of humankind is to sin, either by lying, lustful thinking, doubting God, unforgiving heart, and so on. When Jesus came to save us, he knew there was the possibility that humankind would continue to sin, and that was one of the reasons why he promised us the holy spirit to bring to our remembrance what he has taught us.
After conversion, Paul lived with a clean heart; he immediately repented and got things right whenever his heart was convicted. Of course, living a life convicted by the holy spirit does not mean you are perfect, but you can have a perfect heart if you allow the holy spirit to clean it and refine it. But Christians mistake conviction with condemnation. John 16:8 says, “And when he comes, he will reprove the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.”
1. Holy Spirit, help me to tune my ear to God’s voice.
2. Oh lord, as I fellowship with you in your word, teach me how to live with a pure heart and give me a repentant heart to be attentive to your voice in Jesus’ name. Amen.