1 John 4:1 (NLT), ”Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.”
This verse is a reminder of the importance of knowing God for ourselves. Developing our relationship with Him allows us to better understand His heart and the desires He has for our individual lives and the world around us. When we have an intimate relationship with Him, it will keep us from being deceived by the many voices that attempt to speak into our lives, claiming to know the truth and have a prophecy from God. Jesus said my sheep know my voice, and the voice of strangers they do not obey (John 10:4-5). Everything we hear and do should be in line with God’s Word, our final authority.
Knowing God for yourself, and living by His Holy Spirit, not by the voice of man, is what will bring peace and order to our lives. God is not the author of confusion, but of peace; love and faithfulness are shown in all He does (1 Corinthians 14:33; Psalm 89:14).
I pray the Lord will give us discernment to know His voice and recognize His truth as we surrender our lives to Him daily.