The ten spies that brought an evil report of their search and the land did so because of lack of faith. Unbelief filled their hearts and this caused Israel to spend and waste 40 years in the wilderness. Their voices and evil report sealed Israel’s destiny (Numbers 13:27-33; 14:1-45).
Saul told David that he cannot be able to face Goliath (1 Samuel 17:33). Because such doubters are not able to face the challenge, they will tell others that they are not able. Don’t let them transfer their doubt unto you. Refuse to be infected with their unbelief and doubt.
The economic adviser to the King of Israel was so full of unbelief that he jettisoned the word of Prophet Elisha. He died an untimely death because of his unbelief. To listen to such voices and follow is to experience defeat and death (2 Kings 7:1- 20).
The sons of the prophet did not believe that Elijah truly went to heaven. They asserted that the chariot of fire must have crashed. The testimony of their mouth and the state of their heart did not agree (2 Kings 2:3,5,16-18).
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A heart full of faith will result in the language of faith. Those who believe always speak in faith (2 Corinthians 4:13; Psalm 116:10).
DEVIL’S MESSENGERS AND SATAN
Genesis 3:1-15; Genesis 4:1-9; John 8:44; 13:2,27; 1 John 3:12; Matthew 4:1-13; 16:23; Luke 4:1-13; Acts 13:6-13; 1 Kings 22:13-28; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Jeremiah 23:32; 29:31
Eve listened to and followed the Devil’s voice and landed humanity in an eternal mess (Genesis 3:1-15). This forever altered the destiny of man.
Cain’s action was motivated by Satan (Genesis 4:1-9; John 8:44; 1 John 3:12).
Judas Iscariot listened to and followed Satan’s voice and perished eternally (John 13:2,27).
Satan’s voice came to Jesus at His temptation but He refused to follow that voice (Matthew 4:1-13; Luke 4:1-13).
Satan can disguise his voice to look like the compassion of a loving friend. Get thee behind me Satan is the correct response to such (Matthew 16:23).
Satan’s messengers can come in the form of Bar Jesus, Ahab’s 400 false prophets. They steal God’s word from people so that they will not be saved. They pervert the way of righteousness. They tell lies and prophesy falsely. They disguise themselves as God’s ministers just like Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (Acts 13:6-13; 1 Kings 22:13-28; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Jeremiah 23:25-40; 29:31).
The old prophet presented himself as a mentor to the young prophet. He told him lies. The young prophet’s was eternally altered because he listened to the voice of a deceitful mentor (1 Kings 13:1-32).
Job’s wife was meant to be his companion and counsellor, “curse God and die” is a voice that can only lead to a ruined destiny (Job 2:9).
Job refused to heed the voices of his friends who he termed miserable counsellors (Job 16:1).
Amnon died an untimely death because he listened to the voice of Jonadab who taught him how to strategise immorality (2 Samuel 13:1-20,32,33).
Rehoboam listened to the voices of empty headed youths instead of experienced old men and lost the kingdom as a result (1 Kings 12:3-17).
To listen to the voices of seducers is to perish. To listen to the voices of Potipha’s wife or Jezebel in the New Testament is to destroy your destiny (Genesis 39:1-23; Revelation 2:20-23; Proverbs 7:5-27).