Yes, I think it is is a power tactic that many use who make such statements about God telling them what to do. If God is truly talking to them as they claim, then no once can gainsay God. I am always suspicious of those who make these claims. I ask them, “HOW did God talk to you? Did you hear an audible voice?” One of them that frequently made the claim actually answered, “Yes, I did.” But I didn’t believe him.
However, there was one person whom I did believe. Charlie was the husband of one of my cousins. I used to stay at their house for awhile. They were fine people. It was easy to see that they still loved each other deeply after years of marriage. My cousin began attending the church that I attended, and after awhile she became a Christian. Charlie and his siblings were raised to be atheists. One day when Charlie’s brother and he went into a pub, they had just sat down when Charlie heard a voice. “Charlie, what are you doing? You shouldn’t even be here.” Charlie thought his brother had spoken to him, but he couldn’t believe his brother would say that. He must not have heard him correctly. “What did you say?” he asked his brother.
“I didn’t say anything,” his brother replied.
Then Charlie said, “I thought I heard somebody say something.” The brothers hadn’t even begun to drink, but when Charlie lifted up his eyes, to his astonishment all the people sitting there looked like skeletons! Instantly, Charlie knew!
“I’m getting out of here!” shouted Charlie.
“Why?” asked his brother.
“God has spoken to me!”
"WHAT! Are you crazy? Well, I’m not going anywhere.
“I am!” declared Charlie. And he got up and walked out. His brother thought something had gone wrong with his mind, and so he went with him to make sure he got home safely.
That evening at home, after telling his wife (my cousin) what had happened, she talked to him about the Lord Jesus and what it meant to entrust oneself to Him. Then Charlie himself became a disciple of Jesus the Anointed One.
I had heard this account from someone else, but I wanted to hear it from Charlie’s own lips, and so asked him about it one time when they were visiting us. Charlie told it exactly as I had heard it. I remarked to him, “That must have been amazing to hear God speak in an audible voice. I have never heard the audible voice of God.”
Charlie replied, “Don, you don’t need it. But in my case, I would NEVER have become a Christian if God hadn’t spoken to me. In fact, before I heard the voice of God, if someone had told me that he had heard God speak, I would have called him a liar to his face!” Charlie was always very straightforward and honest.
Well, Charlie knew, since he heard God speak audibly. But in general, it’s not always easy to know what God wants. We don’t always know whether what comes into our minds has been planted by God, or whether it was merely our own thoughts. Sometimes, when we act on it, the results may indicate whether or not it was God.