CONTROLLING THE VOICES Jeremiah 30:5

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“For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.”

Your spirit’s condition will mostly be dictated by the voices that you allow to influence you in your life. If you let voices of fear and negative to influence your life, you will find yourself having a negative spirit towards everything in life. If you only let the positive voices of faith and truth to influence your life, you will find that those voices will challenge you to do more for God despite any circumstance that you may face.

One of the greatest battles I fight is the battle to keep the wrong voices from influencing my life. In the world of digital media, there are so many bad voices that can influence my spirit that I have to be sure that I am in control of what feeds my spirit. The verse above shows that every generation has the battle to control which voice they allow to influence their spirit. In the verse above, the people “heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.” Truly, this could be said about this generation with the onslaught of negative and fear being pumped to people through social media, news outlets, and radio talk shows. If you are going to have the right type of spirit for the LORD, you are going to have to control the voices that influence your spirit. Let me give you four thoughts concerning the voices allow in your life.

First, you should control the voices that speak to you in your life and not let the voices control you. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not to control which voices you allow in your life. Just because a voice is there, and just because a voice says it is good does not mean that you should let that voice in your life. When the voices start controlling your life is when they control your spirit instead of the Holy Spirit controlling your spirit. You must take control of the voices in your life if you want the Holy Spirit to be in control of your spirit.

Second, limit the voices that you allow to speak to you. The fewer voices you allow in your life, the easier it is to control what they say. When I was a boy, there were not the plethora of voices that could speak to me like we have today. If you find yourself constantly angry or depressed, you should consider limiting the voices that are in your life, especially those voices that feed the anger and depression.

Third, put away the voices that attack faith and truth. The news media is a fear media and a lying media. You cannot listen to it constantly and live a life of courage and faith. Social media is filled with voices that attack faith and truth; you cannot dwell in the social media world and find your spirit to be on topside. My friend, the wrong voices are all around you, but you are going to have to put them away if you want to stay in control of your own spirit. There are also people in your life that you must be careful about the negative they feed your spirit. There are some people who are negative feeders; put them away and limit your time and conversations with them so that they don't destroy your spirit for God.

Fourth, amplify the voices that embrace faith and truth. You will find that the voice that speak faith and truth will often be under the greatest attack, but you must amplify those voices in your life so that you can stay in control of your spirit so that you can stay on topside. When you amplify the voices of faith and truth is when you will find your faith is built and your spirit will be controlled by the Holy Spirit.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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