"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh".Luke 6:45,also Matthew 12:34.
Human words and actions are the products of thought patterns which are stored and issued forth from the inner recesses of the mind.
These thought patterns are the products of what had been fed into the human mind and by diverse "voices".
"Voices" are instructions communicated to the human mind from various sources in the physical or spiritual realm .
In the physical realm , people hear audible voices and some hear voices from within them , (" voices in the head !"); voices which are audible to the hearers only.
In addition to listening to human voices , voices also flow from music,from all sorts of books and from the electronic media.
We hear the voice of God from reading and studying the Bible, from ministrations of the voice of the Holy Spirit in the head or mind and by hearing God's Word through His ministers.
Also there are Satanic voices from the pit of Hell in the form of "voices in the head" of some demon-possessed human beings and voices from human agents of the Devil such as seers, psalmists , false prophets and other spiritualists, who are the delegated by the devil to instruct those who consult them.
Whatever their source , when we listen to these voices, we are feeding our minds and spirits and storing up materials , good or evil, which will be the building-blocks of our future decisions and paths in life.
When there is a vacuum in the human mind which is not yielded to the Spirit of God, Satan and his hosts move in to fill that vacuum in the mind.
Thereafter , that human being becomes the devil's workshop and his battle -axe!
There are diverse voices from the spirit realm which inhabit human souls and they are the driving forces for good or evil amongst men.
The voice of the Spirit of God speaks good and profitable instructions for the benefit of mankind to minister peace, progress ,life, salvation and deliverance on Earth .
The voice of God speaks insight, mercy, guidance and illumination leading to great inventions , good deeds, peace,progress , restoration, impartiality, success and triumph in human lives. James 3:17.
But the voice of the Devil speaks evil, always; it is raucous and persistent in instructing humans to "steal , to kill and to destroy" by causing confusion, terror , mass murder and large scale destruction of human lives and properties.
"You are of your father, the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do.
He was a murderer from the beginning,and abode not in the truth.." John 8:44.
Satanic voices have been the driving forces behind sufferers of physical , emotional and demonic diseases of the mind which have goaded men, women and children to commit heinous crimes and to wreck atrocities against humanity.
Evil voices in the mind birth temptations .
Temptations per se are not sin ; but obeying and yielding to temptations is sin. James 1:14-16.
"Two heads are better than one ".
Very apt words when one is at Life's crossroads and when precise and useful counsel is needed.
Useful voices of counsel enrich lives while evil counsel destroys lives.
In addition to voices from within us , occasionally , every one receives counsel or advice from other humans ; some are unsolicited advice which could be even as useful as or better than the solicited counsel.
"Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established". Proverbs 15:22.
Counsel,leading or insight could come in diverse forms ; they could come from the cacophony of voices from the world around us ; like from the news media, from listening to stories of the experience and knowledge of others or even eavesdropping on conversations around us and from one's personal bank of knowledge and acquired "street-wisdom".
But there are Voices and voices , everywhere!
In a multitude of counsel and voices ,one could be perplexed as to which one to listen to.
When each voice would claim to be "from the throne of God"; how can one tell the difference? James 3:17-18.
By what parameters do we assess the cacophony of voices we hear and the myriad counsel we receive ?
The voice of God must "bear the fruit of righteousness , sown in peace of them that make peace" verse 18 above .
Jesus Christ is the Righteous of God and He is the Prince of Peace.
Any voice which does not glorify Jesus Christ and does not speak of His Peace and Righteousness is NOT FROM GOD!
It crucial that we choose who and what we listen to , since the quality of our lives is determined by the choices or decisions we make .
"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death ".
When it comes to choosing which voices to listen to and obeying ; Wisdom reminds us that the sources of the myriad voices and counsel we hear are not the same.
There are diverse voices from different sources, but who should have the final say?
"The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life". John 6:63
What are the sources and the intention of "strange voices" and how must we respond to such voices?
There are voices from God which harbour good and there are voices from the pit of Hell which harbour evil.
These are evil voices from evil beings who are thieves and robbers, with intentions to deceive; to steal , to kill and to destroy those who hear and obey their voices. John 10:10.
The Word of God ,the Bible says we should not follow Satan and his agents who are strangers, thieves and robbers ; we should not listen to their voices ; but we should recognise their voices and FLEE from them!
Beloved reader, who are your trusted counsellors ?
In our quest for guidance through voices of counsel ; caution is imperative.
There is folly and danger in trusting solely on the understanding of human beings, even on counsel based on your own personal past experience.
Check each counsel and each spirit whether they are of God.
There have been instances of trusted and experienced counselors in the guise of aides, advisers mentors , elders , "gurus" or "oracles" and so on ,even with good intentions ; but who have innocently and inadvertently given the wrong counsel to others.
Some "trusted counselors ", intentionally, have misled others by giving them the wrong information and advice.
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Many people, today, have made it their life-style to seek their advice and solutions by regularly , visiting psychics, palm- readers, cultists, mediums, spiritualists, fortune- tellers ,astrologers and other diverse occultic agents, against whom the Bible has expressed warned.
“I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritualists to prostitute himself ( or herself) by following them ; and I will cut him off from his people.” Leviticus 20:6
Are you one of those people who are on the path to destruction by attending church, even preaching to others; but, regularly , you still go and consult Satan's agents calling themselves "seers and prophets" to seek for fake their prophecies , visions, sacrifices and evil prayers?
Why do you go about wasting your money for such demonic agents?
What is your problem which God cannot solve , if you diligently listen to and obey His Word? What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?
Receiving good counsel and not obeying it to the letter could be as lethal as receiving and obeying evil counsel.
Everyone, has heard both audible and inaudible voices in their heads or mind at some point in their lives, instructing them to do or say evil or good things.
These voices or thoughts, could either be obeyed or rebuked and shunned , depending on the quality of the human spirit.
Choosing which voices to obey is our God-given freewill for decision-making.
When the human spirit yields to God , the Holy Spirit would quicken that person to obey the voice of God. God will not force His will on any human being.
The impact of our decision-making , underscores the reason why we must watch the doors to our minds and soul. For what goes into the mind , the voices we listen to and obey; would determine the products or the outpouring of the Human mind.
"Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?"
Would you decide to be enslaved to Satan and his agents by listening to their voices from the pit of hell?
Or would you listen to and obey the voice of the Spirit of God?
CHOOSE , now, to listen to the Voice of He who loves you , who sees and knows the end from the beginning ; listen to the voice which leads you towards the paths of life, peace, joy and victory.
God bless you as you do so , always. Amen.