No, it is not my voice that needs to be heard.
We hear speeches, monologues, opinion editorials, sermons, lectures, tweets and Facebook rants ad nauseam. People push and shove, shout and madly march to be seen and heard. It has reached an alarming pitch. We all want to be heard. What does all this craving to “find our voice” really mean?
Could this widespread discontent finally resolve into peace and productivity or are we destined to violently erupt into social upheaval? Interestingly, the same behavior we witness on the news is consistent with the behavior of my alcoholic, drug addicted and incarcerated friends. We keep trying to educate and legislate the source of the problem out of people, but do we have the courage to admit that this approach is not working?
The Bible says...
From the sacred Scriptures, I hear the voice of God. Far from the rush, in the hush of my quiet place, I hear the Spirit whisper, “This is My word for you and those who will hear it…” “This is what the Lord says!” KJV has it, “Thus saith the Lord!” How I long to hear His voice and to know what is on His mind in times like these.
Often, He speaks comforting words. At other times, not-so-much. For example,
Thus says the Lord:
“Stand by the roads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way is; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
Jeremiah 6:16 ESV
During the month of November, Discovery Family Ministries dedicates its attention to prayer and meditation. Below are a few who recently participated in our Path to Serenity emphasis and Ministering Out of the Overflow of the Spirit Seminar.
During this special time, we pause to reflect and listen to the still small voice of God. Like the calming sound of many waters, Jesus whispers, “Follow Me.” In this I am hearing Him say, “Follow My voice as opposed to other beckoning voices. Follow Me beyond the traditions of men. Follow Me through your valleys. Follow Me even if others relapse into worldly ways!”
For people like us, it is critical to pause, to recalibrate our efforts, to review and renew the mission and most importantly to reconnect with the voice of Him Who called us out of the darkness of addiction and destruction to walk in newness of life. After returning to the Lord, His voice said to us in 1992, “Go where I send you and speak what I tell you.” Isaiah 6 For these last 25 years, we have done so.
David Wilkerson spoke with a prophetic voice. He heard God’s voice for a select population, but his message turned out to be a prophetic word for the nation. What I am hearing and trying to communicate with your support is atypical to the traditional approach to recovery. America does not have an addiction problem; we have a moral, spiritual problem! Our only hope to reverse the demoralizing drift in our country is to hear God’s voice once again. This is personal. It cannot come to us second hand. It will not come down the line from institutional headquarters. God’s voice is available to each one of us and hearing His voice leads us together into the unity of the Spirit.
Thank each of you for continuing to be part of our journey. Your prayers and support result in thousands being positively affected and radically changed for the glory of God! We pray that you will hear His voice during this Christmas time as never before! We remember, He is the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. John 1:14
Join us in January, 2017 as we commit ourselves to periods of prayer and fasting. The mission is yet before us…