41. R you Listening to the Word or to the World?
Whose voice are you listening to? Is it the voice of your boss? Perhaps the loudest, the strongest or the most threatening person in your life? A parent or a spouse? Perhaps your child or a sibling? Or is it your own voice that commands attention? When the voices are loud and demanding around you, it is often difficult to feel you have a choice. You might react or feel lost with all the expectations around you. I understand and I have been there.
There is a catch to feeling lost when your agree to the demanding voices. They try change you from who you are becoming. When voices become threatening, you can shrink in fear or retaliate. There is importance in watching and hearing the gentle and loving voice of God. Christine Kaine, Elijah list, stated "we cannot shrink back in fear and go forward in faith at the same time." Isaiah 41:10 states "Fear not, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. ..." The reality is you are given countless choices in your life. Those choices may get even more difficult when you are judged because of your nationality, accent, color, behavior, actions, or age as they might be different from what the standards are like in this country. Has this ever happened to you? Have you felt left out because of it?
There is an absolute guarantee in the word of the Lord, in Luke 21:33 "Heaven and earth will pass away but My words will by no means pass away." The voice of the word is there to help you. The guidance you receive through the Bible or the Holy Spirit are there. Ephesians 4:2-3 "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." It is asking you to remain calm in Him. You are asked to pay attention to the word. It's possible through Him. It takes effort to pay attention to the word.
There is also a prize to hearing and listening to the word. I Peter 5:8 states "be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." That means you will be criticized by non-believers for your faith. Judgment hurts. Just imagine what Jesus went through on the cross! Choose to trust in the word instead, for His words will by 'no means pass away.'
So, go forward in absolute trust and confidence of the word of God, for His words will be the one, true gift given to you. When you trust, you then are ready to help others who struggle and have questions, just like you once were.
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