“My sheep recognize my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. So no one can take them from me. The Father and I are one.” John 10:27-30, NLT
As most of you know, it is a great passion of mine to encourage others to fulfill their destiny in Christ. Yet recently I have battled feelings of inadequacy in that particular area. I began to wonder if I am truly impacting others for eternity and I even considered stopping Tuesday’s with Tracy.
But before I made any rash decisions, I decided to take my questions and concerns to God. I needed to hear His thoughts for my life. Within twenty-four hours of running to God, He showed me that I had been listening to the accuser of the brethren (the devil) rather than Him. God also pointed out that the discouragement I was battling was due to the fact that I had entertained a pack of lies from the enemy. The Bible clearly states in John 10:10 that, “The devil has come to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came to bring life and life more abundantly.”
With this revelation from God, I immediately rebuked the devil and his pack of lies. I ran to the truth of God’s Word and my spirit lifted as I encouraged myself through scripture. God even provided encouragement for me through an email to stay the course with all that God has called me to do at this time.
Now you have a choice to make: whose voice will you honor today? It is a choice that no one else can make for you. If you listen to a pack of lies from the devil you will feel overwhelmed, defeated, depressed and discouraged, but if you listen to the Truth from your heavenly Father, you will rest in His peace, love and encouragement, as you trust in Him.
“Lord, I take authority over the voice of the enemy this day. I want to hear only Your thoughts concerning the direction of my life. I bind confusion and call forth clarity in its place. Thank you for leading me in Your peace that passes all understanding today and forevermore. Amen.”