Characteristics Of The Irrefutable Voice Of God


The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven. — Acts 10:9-16

There have been a couple of times in my life that I can say God has "spoken to me." One of these divine moments was just before launching the ministry I am leading today. I recall vividly God saying to me something like this — "If you don't do this, then I am going to punish you." Now that's a pretty frightening thing to hear from God. But I am quite convinced God was telling me that there was no way I would be released from a calling to present the Gospel of Jesus to men for the rest of my life. And so, I have been doing just that may be because God put a little holy fear in me.

Now I don't know how you feel about what I just said. Maybe you think I am a little crazy. Or that there is no way God would ever say that to someone. But for me, this was a genuine, divine, and terrifying moment between God and me. And I believe I heard God's voice this way because I had spent too many years running from this voice.

As I read here how Peter received his vision, it reminded me of certain characteristics of the vision God gave to me. Here are the four characteristics I see here. First, the vision was in alignment with a long-standing mission of God. Second, it was repeated multiple times. Third, it challenged his cultural and religious norms. Fourth, it needed a faithful, available, and teachable man to lead the way.

I believe these characteristics were represented in the vision God gave me.

But I believe God is still looking for faithful, available, and teachable men. Men with a desire to lead on his behalf. And I think God is speaking. Literally, today in the middle of what we are experiencing, God is speaking in visions to men. Sometimes we dismiss these visions. But don't dismiss it too quickly! Because right now in our world, we need men more than ever before. We need men who hear from God who will act on his vision. It's not our vision. It's his. And we know it's His vision when these characteristics qualify it. It's aligned with God's mission. It's been repeated many times. It challenges religious and cultural norms. If this is true of the vision you have received, then maybe it's time you responded? I did, and somehow God has been using me in a small way to impact our world.

ASK THIS: Is God speaking to you?

DO THIS: Respond to God in some way today!

PRAY THIS: God, I will confess this both scares me and inspires me. But may I respond and be faithful, available, and teachable!

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13 thoughts on “Characteristics Of The Irrefutable Voice Of God

  1. Mark says:

    I lost my Daddy 2 years ago this coming Saturday and my Momma this past July 1st. I loved them and miss them now as much as any son ever has. That said I had a fear of them growing up. It was a good fear though. Respectful, love, desire to please and desire to not disappoint them. No relationship here on earth can match the love that of our Heavenly Father has for us though so a good dose of fear is a good thing especially in this society of ours where we are made to feel that nothing is important except our personal wishes and desires.

  2. Dennis James says:

    Since our ministry began, I have learned to listen to God’s prompting . I listen with anticipation on what God has to say to me through prayer and meditation on His Word and He hasn’t let me down.

  3. Billy Siefers says:

    Nice devo, brother. It really makes me stop and think about…am I really paying attention and listening for God’s voice!

  4. Roger L says:

    I’m clear about what God’s mission is and I understand that I am to play a part. I believe every follower of Jesus longs for an inspiration to confirm they’re on track!God, please keep speaking to each of us in a way that moves us from where we are now to where YOU would have us be. To GOD be all glory, praise, and honor

  5. David J says:

    God is in control and I’m waiting for him to show me what he has for me to do. Thank you Lord for your blessings, grace and mercy.

  6. Curt r says:

    All my life I’ve served,recently I’ve bin left out from activities,maybe because I’m not pushing.God has never threatened me,but I feel I’m not being called,I’m available ,but have kind of givin up,just coasting.pray for me

  7. Sheldon says:

    Yes and the message he is saying to me is to always remember that we are ambassador and that we should be about kingdom business

  8. Pat says:

    I’m getting together this weekend with a group of college alumni , pray for opportunities and for me to be bold in sharing Christ with them.

  9. Richard Bruce says:

    Even more powerful than a perceived vision from God is the fact that stepping up on God’s behalf isn’t just a good thing to choose it’s literally who God has declared me to be. He has conscripted me into service and declared me his “soldier”. Now it is my faith choice to tie what I do, think, feel and say to those declarations or be awol (Paul Tripp calls this “identity amnesia”). Sometimes we sit idly in the barracks waiting for a “call” while the battle rages outside without us.

  10. W. James Anderson says:

    No visions here…. It has been my desire that those around me would know God for themselves. I have never seen anyone respond or tell me of a change in them because of me or my prayers,etc. I continue to pray and share God in ways that I can. Mainly I’m the way I live. Sometimes that might be… okay, it is… loose around the edges. But it is still my desire none the less that God use me. Hey….. new backdrop eh…. Nice. 🌺💀🌺

  11. Hebron says:

    Absolutely agree. Too many people today lack even the rudimentary christian understanding of God’s character. He is a Holy and righteous God.
    I don’t understand how some christians do not get a little holy fear considering God’s scope and magnitude. There is no wisdom nor counsel nor understanding against the Lord.
    He wins everytime, always.
    It is more and more apparent to me everyday that the fear of the Lord IS the beginning of wisdom and knowledge.