Voices are everywhere, and theyre screaming at us: use me, buy me, believe me. Weve got voices all over our culture: chat rooms, commercials, billboards, and bumper stickers, and they all want our immediate attention.
And then there is that voice from the past or that voice in your head that says you messed up too many times. You cant do it. You cant do it on your own. Youre not smart enough. Youre not strong enough. Youre not stable enough. Youre not thin enough. And then theres the enemy. The father of lies that likes to get in there and say no way youll ever make anything of yourself.
I had this amazing conversation with my dad not too long ago. Hes a great man. I love him so much. And he told me about the first time that his father said something encouraging to him. My dad had just put a room onto his house. And my grandfather was a master carpenter and he was inspecting my dads work. And he got done and went to my dad, and said, Thats a good job Harry. And that was the first time my grandfather said something encouraging to my dad, and he was 38 years old.
Man, and without hearing that voice. Without hearing that, whether its the actually the physical audible voice of your father or mother, or the voice from God, you dont have any identity. You have no way to function. I think Jesus knew that. I think thats why, when He went through His ministry, touching people and healing people, and speaking to people. He never asked them to be anything that they werent. He tried to get them to understand who they were. Thats why he said, Youre my daughter, youre my son, youre my brother, youre my sheep. He wanted us to identify with Him and understand that were His creation; that we're worth something.
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