You know when we experience the Lord’s sweet grace and calm, it is pleasant however sometimes it only lasts for a moment. Why? Because we live in a fallen world that really is over ran by the kingdom of darkness and there is no way the adversary is going to allow you a moments peace if he can help it. So God allows him to come, why? Because the testing of our faith develops perseverance. Today’s theme is pressing in and trusting God. When we learn the sound of his voice, then we should take it a step further, and we should and submit. In the past I’ve been confused about the sound of his voice, is this because I’m not his? No, it is because there has been a bully voice that is loud and very similar to his, but the spirit is different booming in the background trying to get me to follow it instead. What had made me vulnerable to this other voice is a lack of confidence in God’s good will toward me. Satan’s voice is laced with temptation to not do God’s expressed will to us, and it is also laced with spiritual things that confuse us like anger. Anger is a very common distraction he has used on me in the past. If he wants to steal some joy from a believer, then all he has to do is come to them in the form of a human being whether it is our spouse, friend, enemy, family or co-worker and they’ll be guided by him with agitation and do something to you that is not fair and stirs up anger. Another tactic he’ll use and which has been very effective in my life to throw me off rails is to condemn, judge, accuse and scare you. He will whisper lies into your ear saying “God is not happy with you, You are going to suffer shame and embarrassment, you are going to fail, God has abandoned you, ” and he’ll even try to misuse scripture. Man when I first began walking in the spirit years ago, Satan would come along and tell me a contrary story. So I was confused because I was not only holy spirit lead, but I also had other spirits trying to lead me too. I imagine this might be common prophets because they are extra sensitive to the spiritual realm. This made little sense to me because I followed the spirit whole heartedly. I eventually started to distrust and doubt myself. Even up until this past year have I been confused, because the enemy presents himself as an Angel of light and he sounds so much like the real deal. I didn’t understand how I could hear God’s voice so clearly, yet at times the voice was something that lead me to confusion and fear. I thought “well, maybe I have a spirit of divination” and that thought scared me a lot too, no believing prophet wants to have a demon of divination. Yet God’s anointing was still there, he still spoke to me. Asking beginning to ask other prophets about this experience have I begun to understand that what God is really trying to teach me is discernment, but his way of doing it the way he’s been doing it is so that I can get to know Satan’s voice really really well. It is still a training in progress. God has had to teach me about his character and his good will towards us. When the Lord corrects, it is often gentle and it might provoke some serious remorse, it could be stern however it will leave you seeing clearly what you’ve done wrong and you will know how you can fix it. When our loving father corrects us, there will still be a sense of peace about it. Jesus said, “come to me all you who are burdened and I will give you rest, for my yoke is easy, my burden is light”, he said “take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart”, so if you see it you will see that part of entering into peace is learning of Jesus, learning his character and learning about his heart. First John also tells us that perfect love casts out all fear, and those who fear have not been made perfect in love. We have not because we ask not, well what do we ask for? Are we asking for stuff that he already knows we need and he’s already instructed us to not worry about? Or are we using our requests to ask him to teach us more about him and ask him how much we please him and to show us how much he really loves us? Because verse after verse after verse teaches us the secrets to have peace and success, and number one is to ask for revelation knowledge about how high and deep and wide is his love for us. At some point in our Christian walk we stop being spoon fed. This is because he has already taught us at some point in time what we need to do, and this is so we will draw close to him and press in until we hear him on a matter because he does not want us to try to do anything by ourselves. Apart from him we can do nothing. That is my lesson today, a reminder to press into him, pray and seek his face about every little thing. And when I hear his voice, I will follow. That is my plan. Amen.