One of the most difficult lessons of my life has been following the voice of the Lord which my heart confirms to be true.
It’s difficult because my personality is to be a people pleaser/or needs affirmation – caretaker. (If you are familiar with the Enneagram, I am a 2. If you aren’t familiar, look it up. Extremely accurate personality assessment.)
The tension has stretched me painfully beyond my control. What people think of me has mattered so deeply to me that I’ve allowed the thoughts and opinions of others overrule what I’ve heard from God or where I thought He was leading Nick and I – Until lately.
We’ve been learning to implement healthy boundaries and have narrowed in who we will give audience to when it comes to our lives and ministry. Do I think pastors need a pastor? Absolutely. We need people to speak into our lives as deeply as we want to speak into the lives of others. We have simply readjusted our listening. It’s heightened our ability to hear God and to know truth from another person who has earned the right to speak into our lives. Earning the right to speak is key. A trusted source. Someone who has shown honor or respect.
Why am I sharing this? Because there are so many voices in this world. Many of which are not Gods voice or are not close to Godly. Much of what is released in the media is spun in a direction with specific agendas. We must narrow in our field of listening and become so familiar with what is absolute truth so we also know counterfeit when we hear it. No more will I allow the voices of others who would like to influence my life away from Gods will or plan, control my thinking or emotions.
2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”
JESUS has my full attention
John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
If someone wants to speak into your life, make sure you know they are speaking of God and not of themselves.
2 Peter 1:20-21 “Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Much love to you all. PMel.