If you don't know where the voice of God is, you will become a victim of doubt and fall into the traps of Satan.
The voice of God. Where is the voice of God? It is a tough question. Let's look at some of the characteristics of the voice of God. Who is it? Where does it come from? To a Christian, the voice of God is the Scripture, the entire book, from Genesis to Revelation.1 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. The voice of God was spoken through His prophets, from Moses all the way through the disciples. Each of them, whether they brought the law or the prophecy, spoke with authority and claimed to be the voice of God. Jesus himself said, "The Kingdom of God is within you."2 Luke 17:21 "nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you." Don't look too far, don't go out in the desert. Some say, "He's over here!" But don't go over there.3 Matthew 24:23,26 "Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'There!' do not believe it. Therefore if they say to you, 'Look, He is in the desert!' do not go out; or 'Look, He is in the inner rooms!' do not believe it." Because He is within you.
It is an interesting concept, the voice of God within you. You shall know God, and He shall be within you. You don't have to go very far. In other words, you don't need mediators to show you where God is. If there is no mediator, the mediator can't charge you to go there. It is a free gift. If God is within you, you don't have to travel anywhere. You don't have to spend any money, you don't have to labor, you don't have to walk, you don't have to run. You just simply sit down and be quiet.4 Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Listen, because the voice of God is within you.
It brings up some peculiar problems, though. If God is within you, are you the sole owner of God? Does everybody have to come to you to talk with God? Do you have a monopoly on God because God is within you? "I claim God is within me. I want you to give me everything you have so that you can speak to God." Some men have claimed that. Many churches have claimed that. "You must go to a priest and call him 'father,' and have him become your mediator because he claims that God is within him, or that he and God are one."5 Matthew 23:9 "Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven."
Now if a man could convince you that God is within him and the only way you can reach God is to go talk with him - and he charges for his services - he has pulled off a pretty neat deal hasn't he? Imagine the power you could amass if you could convince people that God is within you and they must come to you to talk to God. You would be their mediator. And yet Jesus also makes a very similar claim. He says He is the mediator, He is the Way, He is the Light.6 John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." And yet the way He approaches it is quite different from what others have done in the world. He doesn't charge us, it is a free gift.7 Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. He says, "Follow My example, listen to what I have to say, practice My teachings, obey My commands."8 John 14:15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments." He is our mediator, our only mediator.9 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.
What can that possibly mean? Where is the voice of God? God is not limited to being in a single place. God is not in a single person. He is not in a single priest who claims to be 'father.' He is not in that church building down the road. God is in many places at the same time. In other words, the voice of God is within me and within you. He is in both places. You don't have to come over to talk to God within me. God is also within you. He is with you. I don't have to say, "Know the Lord," because you know the Lord, and He is within you.10 Jeremiah 31:34 "No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." Now that God is within you and He is within me, there is a dilemma when the God within you says one thing and the God within me says another. If they are in conflict, is God divided?11 1 Corinthians 1:13 Is Christ divided? That is a difficult situation. Let's see what the world has done with this power.