by Tammy Phillips
October 29, 2020
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. (John 10:27 NKJV)
The Lord planted these thoughts and words in my spirit. “Not only do I hear you, I know your voice. Your voice matters to me. Whether you are alone, in a crowd of a thousand, ten thousand or a hundred thousand, I recognize your singular voice. I hear what you are saying, and it matters to me.” He loves us! He knows our voice!
Jesus said: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27 NKJV). In following Him, we are instructed to imitate Him. “Therefore, be imitators of God as dear children.”(Ephesians 5:1 NKJV). Since we are to imitate him, aren’t we supposed to say the same thing as him?
When we raise our voice, God hears and knows exactly what we say. Are we imitating His voice? Are we speaking His truth or are we speaking our own “voice?” Our voice matters, but it should align with His word alone. Proverbs 18:21 states: “Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” Our words whether written or spoken are containers of power.
- Our voice builds up or breaks down.
- Our voice speaks unity or division.
- Our voice speaks selflessness or selfishness.
- Our voice speaks life or death.
- Our voice speaks love or hate.
- Our voice speaks good or evil.
- Our voice speaks hope or despair.
- Our voice speaks faith or fear
- Our voice speaks truth or deceit.
- Our voice speaks Prince of Peace of or Prince of the Air.
What are we speaking into our own life? What are we speaking into the lives of others? What are we saying to our spouses? What are our voices speaking to family and friends?
I enCOURAGE you to proceed prayerfully and carefully. Consider what you voice is speaking? It speaks loudly. It can mean life or destruction. It can honor God or not. Be kind to yourself and others. Imitate God. Know that what you voice matters to God.
I cried to Him with my mouth, And He was extolled with my tongue. If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. [But] certainly God has heard [me]; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. 20 Blessed [be] God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me! (Psalm 66:17-20 NKJV)