The Still, Small Voice

Those of us who have been blessed with a clean bill of health most likely are in tune with our five senses. They assist us in connecting to the physical world and have become guides that we rely upon for direction. But then there is an intangible sense that we all possess; the kind that desires to lead us, but that we often ignore. I’m sure you’ve heard people say things like, “I should’ve followed my first mind,” or “Something told me that was gonna happen” and what about “I can’t really explain it, but I just have a gut feeling.” Some label it as intuition; others refer to it as the subconscious at work. I know it as the still, small Voice.

It is the most reliable source of advice, mainly because it has our best interests at heart. And when we follow It, the outcome is always right. The problem is, life is sometimes too loud, so it hinders our ability to hear the Voice clearly. Think about it: everybody’s in your ear – your friends, co-workers, television, the devil… So when it is time to make important decisions, it’s hard to know which voice to follow, when in all actuality, the answer is quite simple. Follow the still, small Voice.

I know this because I now follow it. I follow it because it is the Voice of God. But in order to get acquainted with this Voice, there are some things that we must do. First, we have to block out all of the other voices. So find a quiet place to go. As a matter of fact, try turning off the TV or better yet, put your cell phone on silent for a few hours so that you can focus. Once you tune into the Voice, you next have to tap into the instruction that It gives. This may be challenging at first, especially if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like being told what to do. But just trust that the Voice will never lead you astray. Lastly, you must be obedient, even if you don’t agree. This is a fundamental principle because once you make the decision to follow Christ, you give up the right to do life on your own terms.

Once you make the decision to follow Christ, you give up the right to do life on your own terms.

Now you have a shepherd who has promised to lead you and protect you from the adversary who works tirelessly seeking to consume you. John 10:27 says, “My sheep listen to My voice; I knew them, and they follow Me.” The more you get accustomed to hearing His voice, the more you learn to trust It, and the less likely you will have trouble identifying Who It is.

Today, if you will hear His voice: “Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion…” (Psalm 95:7-8)

Michael Winans Jr is a 3rd generation member of the world renowned Winans family. Mike began his music career at the age of 16 singing alongside his cousins in the Gospel group, Winans Phase II. Soon after, Mike initiated a career in songwriting/production and formed his own company, Baby Mike Music. In 2006, he signed a co publishing deal with EMI Music and began working with many renowned artists. His music career spawned him millions of album sales and a Grammy nomination. But in 2013, Mike’s life took an unexpected turn when he was sentenced to nearly 14 years in Federal Prison. However, Mike has taken a position of strength by redirecting his attention to his foundation, Christ. Mike is now a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, teaching nightly bible studies and ushering fellow inmates into the revelation of Christ.

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