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Whose Voice Are You Listening to?

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8).

The voice is an agency through which another’s purpose or opinion is communicated. God has a purpose for our lives and he communicates his purpose to us. Voices have a direct bearing and influence on the way we behave and on our outlook on life, the decisions that we make, on which direction we take and the way we respond to God. Many young people are committing suicide and joining gangs because they are listening to the wrong voices. We have to pray for our children and our Children’s children. Someone prophesied to my grandfather when I was young, that one day I would become a preacher. There are two major voices sounding in the earth today, the voice of God and the voice of satan. These voices speak through the media outlets such as the newspaper. Satan is the god of this world and the prince of the power of the air.

Each voice is actively seeking an audience from us and when we fail to respond to the voice of God, through his word, we will respond to the voice of the devil. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8). There are many voices in the world including despair, despondency, fear and other voices. We have to consider what voices we are hearing and listening to. We are ambassadors for Jesus, who have been called to tell the good news and to win people for God. Jesus gives us what we need to be effective witnesses for him. Jesus’s voice brings healing, deliverance, heals marriages, heals families, Beale children and breaks the cedars of Lebanon. Moses heard the voice of God through the burning bush and before that, God spoke to Abraham to leave his people and his country.

Some people are being spoken to by God and have not been obedient. In Acts 9, Saul was threatening the church and got letters from the synagogue in order to arrest anyone proclaiming Jesus. While he was on his way, he saw a light out of heaven. “Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me””(Acts 9:4)? Saul heard the voice of God speaking to him and that set him on his mission.

In Acts 10, Cornelius who was a God fearing man, had a vision where an angel appeared to him. “And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, Lord?” So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God” (Acts 10:4). He was commanded to send men to Joppa to call Peter to come and minister to his family. God also spoke to Peter and gave him the commission to go and minister to Cornelius. In John 10, Jesus said that he is the good shepherd of the sheep. “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out”(John 10:3). We have to be careful about the lies of the devil which tries to whisper doubts and fears into our minds.

Whatever God says will come to pass and we have to speak life over ourselves and not death or doubt, which comes from the devil. There are voices that will tell you that your church may not be going anywhere and so you should leave. We have to fight the good fight of faith and tune out the voice of fear. God has a future for us, for our marriage and our children. The woman with the issue of blood pressed through the crowds in order to touch the garment of Jesus and received healing. This was after suffering for twelve years and was not helped by the Physicians. We are called to serve in the church and to have a servant’s heart to help build our church. The world is in chaos, but the stage is set for us to be seen by the world. We all have a platform to be seen by the world and we have to let our light shine in the world. People are dying daily and there is a lot of bad news circulating, but we have the good news. Many believers are too busy to read their bibles and are busy chasing the wind. As children of God, we are not called to chase the world, but to chase God.

Guest Minister -Reverend Nat Mantey – Eagle House Ministries

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