How do you determine what to believe and think? How do you determine what is the right choice to make or the right course of action to pursue? Guidance is a fundamental issue for every Christian. We must all make decisions. How can we know we are making the right one?
Many non-Christians resort to a variety of methods to make “right” decisions. Some people just do what they want to do. Others consult horoscopes, palm-readers, astrologers, spiritists, and mediums. Little do they know the danger in such pursuits. James 3:17 says, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits.” On the other hand, describing the opposite kind of wisdom, James 3:15 reads, “This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.” One wisdom is heavenly, the other is earthly. One wisdom is from God, the other is demonic. Many people are putting themselves in danger of receiving demonic direction when they consult spiritists, mediums, and those who claim to be psychics. There are many voices speaking today. We must be careful who we listen to.
How then can we be sure that the guidance we are receiving is from God? Generally we must receive guidance from God’s already revealed will. We find that will in His written Word. We come to apprehend that will as His Spirit gives us understanding of the written revelation, and as the Spirit applies that Word to our lives.
The Word of God is given to us as an objective revelation of God’s will. It protects us from hearing the wrong voice. A written revelation of God can keep us from making many common mistakes.