As a kid, when I heard my father’s voice, 2 reactions were usual. Having done something good, I was excited to hear his comments or what my “reward” would be. If I had done something wrong, I was nervous or afraid to hear his voice… especially if I got the “wait till your father gets home” warning by mom. You see, we are quick “learners” of human behavior and we are always trying to apply those lessons to future similar situations to ease or avoid pain and suffering. So, many are afraid to hear the voice of God…we expect the worst. Because of our sinful past we believe all we’ll get is judgment, then scolding and punishment…or instructions to “do more.” If you really listen, what you will hear are soothing words of peace, words assuring you of His love, and giving His yoke to you to ease your burden. The Holy Spirit convicts cleanly, without words of shame. Do not be afraid to listen for and hear His holy voice. Don’t superimpose misinformation from your earthy father onto God…this pushes you from true comfort and peace.
Today, identify the distortion you are carrying from the past that sound like the voices of ridicule, shame, or condemnation, for they are not from God. Listen for the voice of God that comes in love-tones. Let the Holy Spirit take control of your mind and your ears – combing out the tangles of deception. Be transformed by knowing the truth…that He loves you and lives within you. Click here to share with the Stepping Stone community what allows or blocks you from hearing God’s soothing words when we do wrong.
Dear Father God, I pray that You inhabit all my moments…gracing my thoughts, words and behaviors. I pray Father that I do hear You speak to me from the depths of my very being. I sit hear quietly Lord in the light of your presence. Let me hear Your voice through others as I go throughout my day. Help others hear You through me today. I pray Lord that You let Your light shine so brightly through me. I fear that I dim Your light through my worries and fears. I pray in the name of my ultimate yoke-bearer, Christ Jesus, and all God’s children said, – AMEN!
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.