Are You Listening to the Voice of Truth?

What is Truth?

How do we listen to the Voice of Truth? Well, when people hear the word Truth, some might mistake truth for a “little white lie”; while some might say that Truth is what we make of it. But both answers are incorrect, in the Bible; there is Truth. Jesus himself describes the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Truth and the source of truth; the one who will guide us towards the truth. In John 16:13; it gives us a clear indication as to what Truth is.

The Holy Spirit is the Voice of Truth.

John 16:13
“… when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth…”

If the Holy Spirit is the source of truth and is God; then why do, we still doubt God’s Word? For me, this is a very personal topic because there have been and still are times where I question and doubt God’s Word; even though what He says is true. Although questioning and doubting what God says is a part of human nature, I felt that what God was saying about me wasn’t true and that my self-worth didn’t qualify me to be His servant. But then I remembered reading John 14:6 and realizing that what I was saying was a lie and that Jesus is the Truth and I should only listen to Him.

But the thing is; I’m not the first nor will I be the last to question and doubt God. Even one of Jesus’s most trusted disciples; Peter doubted for a moment and in my opinion; it ultimately shows how we as people and Christians should have faith and listen and keep our eyes on Jesus. Peter was willing to listen to Jesus and come out onto the waters, but it was his fear of his surroundings that caused him to start drowning. Matthew 14:28-31 gives us the familiar scripture of Jesus walking on water.

Matthew 14:28-31
“And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You; command me to come to You on the water.”
“So, He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
“And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”, Jesus is saying to us.

Because of our lack of faith, we often sink below the waves because we don’t listen to His voice. We are so focused on our circumstances and the situation at hand that we don’t even look at Jesus; who is on the waves, reaching out towards you. God wants us to only listen to His voice and His voice alone.

Christian band Casting Crowns has a song called, “Voice of Truth” and the title references to Jesus being the Voice of Truth, but it also talks about how there are “giants” in our lives who constantly say, “You’ll never win” but Jesus is saying to listen to Him.

Chorus
“And the Voice of Truth tells me a different story.
And the Voice of Truth says Do Not be Afraid.
And the Voice of truth says this is for My glory.
Out of all the voices calling out to me.
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth.”

Christian high school football Coach Mitchell says, “In God’s Word, he said 365 times ‘Do Not Fear’. One time for each day” – 2006 Facing the Giants.

But sometimes we don’t look straight ahead because we are distracted by Fear. In my opinion, the enemy of Truth; besides lies are Fear and Doubt. Doubt is a by-product of fear because we don’t have the truth in our hearts and don’t allow the Holy Spirit to show us the truth. In the 2017 movie The Shack, Mac; the main character is told by Jesus to row into the middle of the lake; when the boat suddenly starts to rock from what appears to be an increasing level of black “ink”. In this clip below, it shows us how if we, as Christians and people allow our fear and unforgiveness to fester; we lose our focus on Jesus; who is saying, “Look at Me. Not at the situation”.

This scene, in my opinion; shows how we oftentimes let our fear take over and we listen to the “Giants” of Fear, Doubt, or Unforgiveness when we should be listening to the only voice that matters; Jesus. Home Economics teacher Danni Andrews wrote an article in CBN, entitled, “Deep Waters” which focuses on this topic.

In her article, she said, “…You can get your feet a little bit wet, maybe up to your ankles and there is no real fear of being swept under… It is only when you dive head first into the water that you are able to move freely within it.”

I feel that this is a true statement about how if we just listen to Jesus’s Voice and not those of the enemy, then we will be able to dive “walk on water” with Jesus, but only if we focus and keep our eyes on Him. Escrow Manager and blogger Kari Bodine wrote a blog post entitled, “The Voice of Truth” which talks about how she would often listen to the lies of the “giants” in her life, but it wasn’t until she realized that God was always watching out for her. In her blog post, one of the statements that she said in the post was:

“I had finally listened to the voice of truth.  I had finally accepted that I am loved and full of worth and a woman who is valued.  No longer was I chained by the thought of being “damaged goods.” The voice of truth told me a different story.  And I finally listened” – Kari Bodine, The Voice of Truth.

Home Economics teacher Danni Andrews wrote an article in CBN, entitled, “Deep Waters” which focuses on this topic. In her article, she said, “…You can get your feet a little bit wet, maybe up to your ankles and there is no real fear of being swept under It is only when you dive head first into the water that you are able to move freely within it.” I feel that this is a true statement about how if we just listen to Jesus’s Voice and not those of the enemy, then we will be able to dive “walk on water” with Jesus, but only if we focus and keep our eyes on Him.

Kari Bodine’s blog on the Voice of Truth has a statement that I feel that I feel each of us should be asking ourselves when we are questioning who we are listening too.

  • She said, “What voice are you listening to? The one that says you’re washed up, used up, damaged? Or are you willing to hear THE Voice that says, “You’re worth it.”

Danni Andrews’s article, “Deep Waters” sheds light on we need to not only have faith in Jesus, but also to listen to His voice when He is telling us to “Come!”. Her article also has several statements that I think everyone should ponder as we go throughout our lives.

  • “It is not until I dive in head first and say, “Lord, take me where you want me to go”, that I am able to be at peace.”
  • “It is the deep water where faith and trust reside.”
  • “When I dive into the deep water, totally giving over my life to Him, my life begins to make sense, and I no longer feel that I am drowning.”
  • “So long as I keep my eyes on Jesus I am not afraid of the water. When I take my eyes off of Jesus, I begin to sink.”
    • “When I dive into the deep water, I am putting my faith in Jesus and letting Him take me where He wants me to go.”
    • “So long as I keep my eyes on Him, I will not sink.”

At the end of the day, the only question you should be asking yourself is: Will I listen to the Voice of Truth? Even when you feel that listening to the “giants” in your life, remember that there is always another voice calling you. While subtle, Jesus’s voice is louder and the only one that truly cares about who you.

So, the next time you see the giants in your life start to tear you down and keep you from doing God’s Chosen plan for your life; What will you do?

Will you listen to the lies and the giants of your life?

Or are will you said, “Enough is Enough. I am no longer listening to your lies. I will only listen to the Voice of Truth.”

Has there been a point in your life that you didn’t keep your eyes on Jesus and you started to sink?

 

Please comment below and join the discussion.

God’s Blessings,
Joshua Reid

 

References

Andrew, Danni. “Deep Waters” CBN, http://www1.cbn.com/devotions/deep-water . Accessed 17 July 2017.

Bodine, Kari. “The Voice of Truth”. Kari Bodine, 1 Nov 2015, http://www.karibodine.com/2015/11/06/the-voice-of-truth/ . Accessed 19 July 2017.

“Facing the Giants” Vimeo, uploaded by jmhz911, 3 years ago. https://vimeo.com/97359763 . Accessed 19 July 2017.

“The Shack”. YouTube, uploaded by Cole, 3 weeks ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1OHyINxuRQ . Accessed 19 July 2017.

“Voice of Truth – Casting Crowns”. YouTube, uploaded by Joshua Geerts, 3 years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7JTx1ScD-w . Accessed 19 July 2017.

 

Picture References

Perry, Mike. “Save Me!”, https://fruitlandcommunity.com/sermons/save-me/ . Accessed 19 July 2017.

Sparks, Nathanial. “Inspiration of the Bible“, http://slideplayer.com/slide/4249021/ . modified over 3 years ago, Accessed 31 May 2018.

Wright, Stephanie. “Jesus walking on water”. http://hisvoiceministry.blogspot.com/2013/01/why-do-we-doubt.html . Accessed 19 July 2017.

 

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8 thoughts on “Are You Listening to the Voice of Truth?

      • Many! My giants are “catastrophizing” and ruminating. It’s a daily choice to listen to truth and stop my mind from going over and over what could happen or what I did wrong.

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      • That awesome and you are right. Everyday, it is a battle; not just of the physical, but in the mind as well. As long as we listen to the Voice of Jesus, we will never be swept away by the lies of our “giants”.

        Whenever you feel that you are starting to listen to your “giants”; remember John 10:27.

        John 10:27
        “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

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  1. If you want to listen to Jesus, here is His message –

    The message of The 11 (“The narrow gate”)

    “The eleven disciples went to Galilee”
    “Where Jesus had told them to go”
    They heard His voice and obeyed His will
    Despite uncertainty down below

    Jesus spoke to them at length
    He wasn’t really a Tweeter
    Only 3 of them wrote Scripture
    Matthew John and Peter

    “Feed my sheep” said Jesus, for though
    “Heaven and earth will pass away”
    I have the words of eternal life and
    “My words will never pass away”

    “Enter through the narrow gate”
    The voice of Jesus through the eleven
    Believe in Jesus “through their message”
    And “eat from the tree of life” in heaven

    Jesus commissioned the eleven
    With “everything I have commanded you”
    “Teaching THEM to obey” Jesus
    And “THEM” means me and you !

    “The command given by our Lord and Savior”
    Is not a Pharisee speaking alone
    It came rather “through your apostles”
    Matthew Peter and John

    If a Pharisee boasts proudly
    Those men added nothing to my message
    He doesn’t speak for Jesus
    His words are nothing more than garbage

    Bibliography
    All “quotes” in “quotation marks” are from the writings of the Apostles Matthew John and Peter in the Bible, mostly the “Red Letter” words of Jesus. [Matthew, John, Revelation, 2 Peter – NIV]

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    • Interesting scriptures to chose from Matthew. Although we, as Christians are commissioned to go out into the world and make disciples, we also must be a disciple of Christ; obedient and humble.

      In 1 John 4:1-6, John tells us not to believe every spirit but to test the spirit; whether they are of God because there are false prophets that go out into the world.

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      • Dear God’s Warrior,
        Jesus commission the 11, to teach people everything He commanded THEM, the 11. Only 3 of the 11 wrote Scripture. That was the point of that last poem. We need to be obedient to JESUS, and His words given through the witnesses He appointed – not obedient to a Pharisee.

        Poem – What is love?

        Two men came to Jesus
        With different motivations
        They asked Him the same question
        Relevant to all the nations:

        Which is the Most Important?
        The answer was the same.
        Jesus did not manipulate
        He was not there to play a game.

        “Love the Lord your God” said Jesus
        as He quoted from The Law –
        To fulfill and not abolish
        was His purpose, full of awe.

        Jesus did not make all Scripture
        Into one new great commandment
        He summarized The Law and Prophets
        “First and Greatest” and “The Second.”

        The Love of God is higher
        Than the love of any man.
        Receive from God, give back to God-
        Then to others, that’s His plan.

        The Love of God involves much more
        Than simply “love your fellow man.”
        Worship, trust, and pray to God,
        and obey Him – that’s His plan

        To worship and pray to neighbors,
        Whoever they may be,
        Or trust and obey our enemies
        Would be idolatry.

        The love of God is first and greatest,
        And the love of man is second.
        “All we need is love” are words
        of dead Beetles on the pavement.

        “The entire law is summed up in a single command”
        are not the words of Jesus our Salvation.
        It’s false teaching of Paul the Pharisee
        an “accuser of our brethren.”

        “Love” without God is Satan’s word through Paul
        in his chapter to the Corinthians.
        “I will show you the most excellent way”
        is the road to eternal perdition.

        Where is God in Paul’s chapter on love?
        Nowhere in view of the eye.
        Paul sings about himself like a Mexican Mariachi
        “I, I, I, I.”

        Jesus is The Most Excellent Way
        Not the words of a Pharisee.
        The words of Jesus are very clear.
        Jesus said, “You must follow ME.”

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