Voices to Avoid

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Genesis 16:2 “And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.”

There are many voices in our lives like never before. Social media platforms, digital media, 24-hour news and television programming, and access to all types of music have added so many voices to our lives that it often silences the good voices that are in our lives. I believe every person has some good voices in their lives, but those good voices are often silenced by the plethora of bad voices that one allows in their life.

If you desire to serve the LORD your entire life, you will have to learn how to avoid certain voices in your life. In the verse above, Abram did wrong because he hearkened to the wrong voice. In the Garden of Eden, Eve disobeyed God because she hearkened to the wrong voice. Amnon did wrong because he had a wrong voice in his life that silenced the good voices. Every person who has ever done wrong has always allowed the wrong voice in their life. Because there are wrong voices in life, we must learn which voices to avoid. Let me share several voices you need to avoid in life. 

First, avoid subtil voices. Eve listened to a subtil voice, and the subtil voice led her to sin. Just because something sounds good does not mean it is good. Voices that appeal to your flesh are voices you need to avoid. Just because a voice says what you want them to say does not mean it is good.

Second, avoid negative voices. Your spirit cannot take an onslaught of negative voices and stay on topside. If you want your spirit to be positive, you must silence the negative voices that feed negativity. Israel didn't silence the ten negative voices that said to go back to Egypt, and it cost them forty years of missing out on God’s perfect will for their lives. You cannot listen to negative voices and stay in God’s will for your life.

Third, avoid fear voices. Voices of fear will always pull you away from the life of faith. You cannot listen to fear and act in faith. Whenever faith speaks, you will always find that fear will bring a choir of voices to scare you into retreating instead of charging. I have learned in life that you cannot live the life of Christ in fear of “what might happen.” Yes, we can be wise by setting up protections, but you cannot live in fear and perform the life of faith.

Fourth, avoid straying voices. If you are going to serve God and stand positionally where you are supposed to stand, you must remove any voice in your life that would cause you to stray. Just because the straying voice sounds smart does not mean they are smart. Many believers have stopped believing what they should believe because they listened to a voice that lured them away from what they should believe. Any voice that does not believe what you have been taught from God’s Word must be put away.

My friend, the voices to which you listen will be the voice to which you hearken. Minimize the voices in your life by surrounding yourself with voices that point you in the right direction. Always remember that all it takes to pull you away from what you are supposed to be doing is one wrong voice. If you don't let one wrong voice in your life, you are guaranteed never to listen to that voice. If you get rid of the wrong voices, you will only hear the voices of right.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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