#1: When God Speaks It Will Be Consistent With What The Bible Says!
"I the Lord do not change ..." Malachi 3:6
"God is not a man, that he should lie, nor the son of man, that he should change his mind. Doe he speak and then not act? Doe he promise and not fulfill?" Numbers 23:19 (NIV)
Because God does not change he is not going to do things that are contrary to the prinicples that he has already established in the Bible.
There are only 3 things that remain forever: 1) God; 2) The Word of God; 3) and the souls of men. Notice the first two: God and the Word of God. Both of these last forever and will never change.
If you are feeling guilty over a sin that you committed in the past and you've already sincerely asked forgiveness for it, but you still feel that God hasn't forgiven you that is not of God, it is of Satan, because God's word has already promised that if we confess our sins God will be faithful to forgive us of them (1 John 1:9).
So, if what you are hearing is not consistent with what God has already taught in the Bible it is not from God.
#2: When God Speaks It Will Conflict With Human Wisdom!
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,' says the Lord. 'For as the heavens are hight than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts." Is. 55:8
So, much of Jesus' teachings are contrary to everything we learn to be wisdom from the world. Jesus that if you lust in your heart you have already committed adultery.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5
Here God is telling us to trust in Him and in what He says how things should be done even when it doesn't make a bit of sense. Our human tendencies are to go back to what we know best and the way the world has trained us to respond. But here God is telling us to fight off those urges to go back to the old ways of doing things and trust him in his way of doing things. God know it doesn't make sense to us but he implores us to still trust him and do it.
#3: When God Speaks It Will Clash With Your Sinful Fleshly Desires!
"So, I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature ..." Galatians 5:16-17
Here are some things that I can wholeheartedly says and I know to be true. First, God is never going to tell you to have an affair with a married woman or man. Never! Second, God is never going to tell you to steal from your neighbor! Never! Third, God is never going to tell you to lust after your neighbors wife. He will never do it! How do I know it? First because God tells us in the Bible not to do it but secondly because God is never going to "feed you sinful flesh"
God is always going to ask you to take the "Higher Road", which is also the "Harder Road". He will always ask you to live to a "Higher Standard" not a "Lower Standard".
#4: When God Speaks It Will Challenge Your Faith!
"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who come to him must believer that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek him." Hebrews 11:6
- Noah: He was asked to build a boat big enough save himself, his wife, his 3 sons and their wives along with all the animals from a world wide flood.
- Moses: He was asked to deliver his people, 2,000,000 of them, from years of slavery under the rule of the most powerful kingdom of that time.
- The 12 Disciples: They were asked to leave everything and follow Jesus.
Each of these times when God spoke the people who heard it experienced a moment when their faith in God was challenged. Would they, by faith, do what God said, even though it looked impossible or would they ignore God and His calling on their life. YOUR FAITH WILL BE CHALLENGED!
#5: When God Speaks You Will Need Courage!
"Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land ... Only be strong and very courageous ... Have I not commanded you" Be strong and courageous, do not tremble or be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:6,7,9
PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS! The things that God calls you to do will not go uncontested and unchallenged but will require you to have courage and trust God to defend you, provide for you and accomplish through you what He said He would do.
We have an enemy and he is real! His name is Lucifer! He hates you, he hates God and he will do whatever God permits him to do to destroy you, your work and your faith. But be of good courage! If God is for us - who can be against us. Greater is He that lives in you than he that lives in the world.
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear but a Spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7