Voice Recognition — “Into the Word” Week 8

   Step up to the microphone if you dare!  Apparently, Anthony Evans, Jr. decided to do just that.  This past week, he survived the blind auditions on NBC’s talent competition, The Voice.  Belting out a soulful version of “What’s Going On,” Evans dreams currently reside in the hands of the judges, who must discriminate between all the voices in the running.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I feel as if there are a lot of voices vying for my attention as well.  How do I recognize the One whose voice is Truth in the midst of all the competition?

This week as I was digging “Into the Word,” I discovered that at first the voice of  the Risen Christ was unrecognizable to Mary as she wept outside the empty tomb.  Mary was blinded by circumstances — until Jesus spoke her name.  I love these verses from John 10:

“…He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out

When He has brought out all His own, He goes on ahead of them,

and His sheep follow him because they know His voice” (vs. 3-4, NIV).

This week, I am praying that God helps me to recognize the voice of my Shepherd, the One who knows my name and speaks kindly to me.  The Shepherd’s voice will lead me to safe pasture and nourishment.  No other voice is worthy of my attention.

How do you recognize the Shepherd in the midst of all the noisy voices competing for your attention?  I would love to chat with you about how you intentionally stay connected to Him.  Feel free to leave a comment below to get the discussion started.

Every Monday we will be working our way through Anne Graham Lotz’s 52-week study “Into the Word.”    Hop on over to the 3dLessons4Life Blog Facebook Page to join us as we dig into God’s Word together.

Linking up with a like-minded sisters at Good Morning Girls, “Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday!” and Soli Deo Gloria @ Finding Heaven.

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10 responses

  1. I have found that the more I stay connected to Him through prayer and Bible reading, the more clearly I can hear Him when He is speaking to me. Even when I’m confused about something, I feel as though my foundation is much stronger — I can test the voices much more easily.

    • Me, Jen. Part of my problem is slowing down enough and being still and really focused during my quiet time so that I am really connecting with Him rather than just “going through the routine.” I find that I can be reading my Bible, but not very present sometimes.

  2. I like your analogy. One idea I learned from one of our pastors was not to say “Amen” at the end of the prayer. This kept him in an attitude of prayer throughout the day. I’ve adopted that practice.

    I’ve also twice intentionally taken an hour to be still and know that He is God. Those 2 hours have been amazing!

    God Bless You! – as you listen more you’ll hear more! Welcome to SDG. 🙂

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