Morning Encouragement – Listening to the Still Small Voice

Morning Encouragement
The Still Small Voice
Good morning,
The continuing saga of the political circus is in full swing and we are hearing all kinds of rhetoric and promises all of which tend to leave us bewildered as to what to believe. To me, the noise sounds like finger nails on the backside of a chalkboard; it is meaningless, irritating, and its only purpose is to divide the nation. What precedes the confusion is always the rantings of a few? Consider the day Jesus stood before Pilot, the people were thrown into confusion by the voices of a few which compelled others to join in (John 19:6-11 and Luke 23). Similarly, the events that unfolded in Ephesus (Acts 19:23-41). The enemy of our soul puts on the circus to get us caught up in the confusion in order to draw our eyes away from the truth so that we cannot hear God’s call upon our life. Notice that everything the enemy sells us is supposed to meet a need in our life and it is always presented as “truth”. In the case of Elijah on the mountain of God, he was sent to the entrance of the cave in which three powerful things happened but, it was the fourth thing he witnessed that caused him to cower – the still small voice of God (1 Kings 19:11-13). It is that same still small voice that we need to listen today because, the noise of the world is the catalyst for marriages breaking up, ministries ending abruptly, and war. Unfortunately, all Elijah could hear was the rantings of his fearful heart. Elijah’s removal from the earth and the rise of Elisha need never have happened. If we are to hear the voice of God, we need to tell our fearful heart to be quiet (Psalms 46:10) with the same tenacity of Jesus when he told the demons to put a sock in it (Luke 4:33-35).
My heart breaks for my nation as I see the enemy compelling people to do the unbelievable not knowing how much they are being played or, how deeply he lies to us. If we learn nothing from history, it should be the results of violence leading to revolt and how quickly we will find ourselves in traps we cannot possibly hope to get out of. My encouragement for you today is that you will quiet your fearful heart and listen purposefully for the still small voice of God. If we refuse to listen to the noise and draw closer to hear the voice of God, He will draw near to us (James 4:8).

“To you, O men, I call,
And my voice is directed to the sons of men. 
“Oh you naive or inexperienced [who are easily misled], understand prudence and seek astute common sense; And, O you [closed-minded, self-confident] fools, understand wisdom [seek the insight and self-discipline that leads to godly living].
“Listen, for I will speak excellent and noble things;
And the opening of my lips will reveal right things.

“For my mouth will utter truth, and wickedness is repulsive and loathsome to my lips. (Proverbs 8:4-7 AMP).

  Please be with my friends, family, and FB friends in all they go through today. With our world in turmoil, help us to listen ever so carefully for your voice in our life. It is so easy to get caught up in the noise of the world and to align ourselves with one side or the other. If we can take a page from the words you spoke to Joshua, you are not on our side, we are in your camp listening to you (Joshua 5:13-15).  When our ears are attuned to you, the still small voice speaks wisdom and light into our dark world and the threats of the enemy cease to hold power over us.
In His Name

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