Wednesday, March 7, 2012
When a Strange Voice Beckons
This blog post is the fruit of a conversation I was having with my mom the other day. As my mom has been a Christian longer than I've been alive, she has wonderful Godly wisdom and spiritual maturity to share...and that's just what she did as I was having a meltdown/pity party/frustration session/hormonal bonanza (yes, I still have them! ha ha ha!).
But as she listened to my tantrum, which was filled with phrases like, "it's never going to work out, it's hopeless, I should just give up, I think my prayers are bouncing off the ceiling and landing back on the floor." She interrupted me and said, "Don't listen to the strange voice, honey." I stopped immediately and said "WHAT?"
She went on to say that the words that I was saying were not of God, but of a strange voice, satan's words and sentiment that he tries to convince us ALL of.
Things like, "God doesn't love you, He doesn't care because if He did you wouldn't be struggling, He doesn't hear your cries."
My mom's spiritual discernment was right on the money, I HAD been listening to those lies of satan that were swarming around my head like flies on a pile of fresh poop! Ha ha ha! I had been soaking in the strange words of stranger, rather than the familiar and loving voice of my God and Father. No wonder I was feeling like I was in the pits! I had followed the stranger right out of my Father's House, and into the PIT!
Think of this, a dog won't respond to a stranger's voice, but rather waits to hear the familiar voice of his master before following a command.
Sometimes we aren't particularly bright, and a dog shows more intelligence! This is one of those times for me! Ha ha ha!
So when you begin to hear that strange voice, grab your Bible and start claiming the Word of God out loud, these are the FAMILIAR, FATHERLY and HOPE filled words that are good and true for our lives! God will never lie to us, but satan is actually referred to as "the father of lies." Just another reason to avoid listening to that strange voice that breeds depression, hatred of life itself, confusion and hopelessness.
John 8:44 "...He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies." (This is referring to satan).
So we know who the strange voice belongs to...now we need to focus on the guiding, loving and nurturing voice of God.
These are a few of the verses I hold dear to my heart which remind me of who my Father is:
Deuteronomy 7:13 He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land--your grain, new wine and oil--the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land that he swore to your forefathers to give you.
Psalm 107:9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Psalm 147:11 the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
(Jesus speaking here) John 10:27 "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me."
I pray that you are inspired to hid God's word in your heart, aka memorize it, so that the voice of God will be the familiar voice in your life, not the lies from a strange voice who only seeks your destruction.
We need to remember that God can make a way where there is none. Remember in Exodus, when the Hebrews where being pursued by the Egyptian army and where stopped at the edge of the Red Sea? It did LOOK bad. But God made a way...straight through the water! This is our God, He is the same then as He is now. He hasn't lost His hearing or love for us! Know this deep in your heart, make it sink in so that when you need to know this...the truth will be anchored there!
For all of my beloved friends, grace and peace to you from God our Father,
Posted by Tiffany at 11:31 PM