“Good morning,” I said to the gentleman walking his dog as I jogged by. I didn’t hear him respond. Maybe he did, but I couldn’t remember hearing him.
The only voice I remembered was mine.
A few yards later, a lady walking her dog said “good morning” to me. She spoke first and as I jogged away, I knew I replied to her, but I found myself doubting whether or not I had.
“Did I say ‘good morning’ back to her?” I wondered. “I don’t remember saying so.”
The only voice I remembered was hers.
It was a most uncanny conversation that I couldn’t ever remember having with myself.
“Interesting,” I thought. “Why could I not remember the different voices?”
You may or may not have heard that if you are not used to hearing your voice on a tape recorder, it may not sound like yours when you first hear it. That’s because you are accustomed to hearing your voice with your inner ears, not your outer ears.
I’ve read that your own voice is the most important voice that you can hear, since your subconscious most readily receives from it. In other words, no matter how many negative words or reports you’ve heard, you can override them with the most important voice–your own.
The Bible mentions over 300 references to the word “voice.” Many of them refer to the voice of the Lord.
Despite its power, the Lord’s voice can be a gentle whisper.
Hebrews 3:15 cautions us not to harden our hearts and reject His voice when we hear it.
While the Bible refers to the voice of God many times, I was surprised to see that more references referred to the voice of others more than the Lord’s.
In the Bible, a donkey spoke with a human voice when God was trying to get a message to a stubborn man named Balaam.
Our voices are very important, so much so that the Lord is also waiting to hear your voice, and answer you when you call.
Psalm 34:17 says that when the righteous cry out to the Lord, He hears us, and delivers us from all our troubles. David said in Psalm 5:3 that he lifted his voice before the Lord and waited in expectation.
I recently had to silence some voices of anxiety that were causing me to worry. Here are the Scriptures I said out loud several times:
- Matthew 6:31-34 “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
- 2 Corinthians 2:14a NKJV “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ…”
- 1 Peter 5:7 NIV “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
- Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
I am very pleased to say that those anxious voices are no longer speaking to me!
What voices of discouragement, confusion or anxiety are swirling around in your head, constantly berating you and defying the promises of the Lord?
Perhaps you’re hearing or have heard some negative voices in your life, whether externally or internally. Don’t just sit there and listen to them. Nullify them with your own voice. Go on a walk and speak the promises of the Lord out loud. Remember, your subconscious is waiting to hear your voice–the most important voice of all.
What do you say when negative internal or external voices try to discourage you? I’d love to hear from you. Thank you for reading!