The Voices That Shape Our Lives
BY PASTOR ERNEST KEPLIN | BEULAH CAMPUS YOUTH PASTOR
Let me share a quick story from the life of the prophet Elijah from 1 Kings 19:11-12:
“Elijah was waiting for an audience with God on Mt. Sinai when suddenly a mighty windstorm hit. = Huge rocks were torn loose from the mountains; but the Lord was not in the wind. Nor in the earthquake after that, nor in the fire that blazed after that. Finally, the Lord came in the sound of a gentle whisper.”
Elijah had a lot of voices in his life clamoring for attention, but the most important was the quietest of all.
We all have voices that surround us at every moment of every day. We get to choose whose voice to listen to with every choice and every action we take.
Parents, Teachers, and Mentors
These are the voices of maturity and experience. They give advice with the end game in mind. My best advice in this area is to pick a mentor that you want to be like.
Proverbs 19:20 says, “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.”
Friends and Peers
It has often been said, “show me your friends and I will show you your future.”
Proverbs 13:20 says, “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
Society and Media
These are the loudest voices of all. They demand that you listen and fall in line with everyone else. These voices have a definite agenda, and it’s not a godly one. But as Christians, we are a new creation and are called to pursue holiness- we are called to throw off the bondages of sin.
Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”
John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.”
He tries to peck at your soul, find your weaknesses, make you feel worthless, afraid, and lonely.
John 8:44, “He is a liar and the father of lies.- he will try and twist the things your friends, your mentors, media says to push you away from God, and closer to death.”
And Finally, God
John 10:27-28, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
Get to know God’s voice. Get to know what God says about you. Stop focusing on what others think of you and focus on what God thinks of you.
You are not alone. God made you for a purpose, and YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. You have the potential to make a difference in your friends, your community, your world.
Here’s my Challenge to you- Take note of the voices you let influence your decisions. Pray, and encourage someone this week. Be an encouraging voice in someone’s life.