“You’re familiar with the command to the ancients, ‘Do not murder.’ I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother ‘idiot!’ and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell ‘stupid!’ at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill.” Matthew 5: 21-22
Words are very powerful and the bible testifies that words can destroy just as they can build; kind words spoken in due season is like medicine to the soul and one ill word spoken whether in and out of season is enough to ‘murder’. So who you listen to and allow their words have influence in your life is important. You don’t need to keep hanging around someone who says nothing good about you and what you believe in or who leads you astray with words. The voice you listen to is crucial to your happiness and the fulfilment of your purpose in life.
This is exactly what happened in Gen 22:17-18. God told Abraham, that he would bless him and his generation because he heard and obeyed His voice. It was an instruction to sacrifice his only son and could have listened to any other contrary voice. This was not the case for Adam earlier-on in Genesis 3:17, To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.”
God cursed Adam because he listened to his wife over God. Really, there’s nothing wrong in heeding the counsel of one’s spouse but when it comes to such sensitive decisions one must also check with God if the spouse is speaking the mind of God. Remember this same unfortunate thing almost happened to Job when his wife admonished him to “curse God and die”. Imagine if Job had truly cursed God just to end his physical suffering, the eternal punishment is worse.
What voices are you listening and obeying? Are the voices of your unfortunate circumstance louder the voice of God? Whose report would you believe? Is your health screaming, “This is a terminal disease you can’t be healed”? These voices may keep yelling but you need to make the decision to shut them out, not believe them and not obey what they are saying. He died that you may have life and enjoy that life.
Gen16:2 again, “so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said.” Abraham listened to his wife Sarai, when she pressured him to sleep with Haggai so they could have a child, it could have been interpreted as a noble move to ‘assist’ God but just like Adam, Abraham did not check with God if that was a right move to make. Although Abraham did not receive the kind of punishment Adam got but that child, Ishmael, God still did not crown him as the child of promise.
Waiting on God for His promises to come to manifestation is not easy, but thank God for grace! Whenever we become desperate in our waiting we are likely to hear many voices and not be able to discern which is His. At the end of the day we are likely to opt for the one the seemed right without checking with God.
The voice you listened to is likely to influence your decisions and ultimately your life. I encourage you to listen to the Voice of Truth, which is the voice of the Holy Spirit. He can never lead you astray no matter how ‘bumpy’ the road may be. Do not give chance to the voices of your past, failure, mistakes, failing health, delays or any negative thing situation the enemy tries to shove in your face. The voice of Truth says you are healed! You are blessed! You are free! You have been redeemed!