2. Which Voices Are Loudest In Your Life?
'The real question is this: Which voice are you listening to?'
Giving time to truth and deliberately choosing which voices we listen to in our lives means we must ACT, we must ARMOUR UP and we must STAND FIRM.
Take a pause and think about ALL the different voices that speak into your life in one single day.
There’s the voices of different people: our mum, dad, siblings, friends, teachers and colleagues. There’s even the interruptions: the announcements from the train signaler, the adverts on YouTube, the songs on the radio.
And then there’s the more subtle voices: the Instagram captions we read. The posters we walk past on the way to school. The branding and words on our beauty products. The narrative of magazines, TV programmes, and the voice of culture.
Multiply this one day of voices by 365, and you quickly realise just how many voices are speaking into our lives at any given point!
The real question is this: Which voice are you listening to?
Without even realising, we can absorb a lot of noise, and forget a lot of truth. It’s so easy to drift through each week, trying to keep up with all that’s going on – and in the middle of it all, forget who God says we are.
This is why Ephesians 6:14 is so key. It says:
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist. (Ephesians 6:14)
Wrapped tightly around the centre of us needs to be the belt of truth: a solid feedback loop that reminds us who we are and Whose we are.
We’ve put a whole list of truths at the bottom of this post which can be the beginnings of your ‘belt’ – and I’d encourage you to search for more of them in the Bible!
So, as we put on another piece of armour: let’s not only remember what truth looks like – but let’s be more deliberate about the voices we give time to in our lives. Do they match up to the truths that we know?
* When you tap through Instagram stories – are these the kinds of images and priorities you want to be at the front of your mind?
* When you pick up a magazine – are the words worth listening to? Are the topics truths, or are they actually lies? (You see some crazy headlines out there about where your worth is found. Don’t be swayed by it!)
* Think: when you watch TV/choose your next series on Netflix: is this the type of thing that’s going to be fun and entertaining (because we all need to relax!) or is the topic one that could potentially be distracting or damaging?
This is all part of ARMOURING UP with all that God gives us in order that we might stand firm and live life to the full.
We’re praying you would buckle up with the truths of Jesus, that you would know your identity and be free to live it out. Be blessed!
• I am a child of God (John 1:12)
• I am a friend of Jesus. (John 15:15)
• I have been justified and redeemed. (Romans 3:24)
• My old self was crucified with Christ, and I am no longer a slave to sin. (Romans 6:6)
• I will not be condemned by God. (Romans 8:1)
• I have been accepted by Christ. (Romans 15:7)
• I am no longer a slave, but a child and an heir. (Galatians 4:7)
• I have been set free in Christ. (Galatians 5:1)
• I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3)
• I am chosen, holy, and blameless before God. (Ephesians 1:4)
• I am redeemed and forgiven by the grace of Christ. (Ephesians 1:7)
• Because of God’s mercy and love, I have been made alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5)
• I am God’s workmanship created to produce good works. (Ephesians 2:10)
• I have been brought near to God by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13)
• I have boldness and confident access to God through faith in Christ. (Ephesians 3:12)
• The peace of God guards my heart and mind. (Philippians 4:7)
• God supplies all my needs. (Philippians 4:19).
• I have been made complete in Christ. (Colossians 2:10)
• I have been chosen of God, and I am holy and beloved. (Colossians 3:12).
• God loves me and has chosen me. (1 Thessalonians 1:4)