Who Am I Listening To (6/12/13)

Read: 1Kings 9:1-10:29, Acts 8:14-40, Psalm 130:1-8, Proverbs 17:2-3

I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word. (Psalm 130:5)

Steve Rogers

Relate: All he wanted to do was join the army and serve His country. All he got was discouragement. Over and over again he would go to a recruiting office only to be rejected.
You’re too young.
You’re too small.
Put on a little muscle, kid.
Your vision is terrible, we’d never take you.
You see the word, “good”? That’s what we’re looking for, a few good men. Not a few scrawny kids.CaptainAmericaAvengers
But someone saw something different. Dr Abraham Erskine saw something more in him. He accepted Steve as he was and offered him something greater. When Steve Rogers decided to listen to the Doctor rather than what the world said about him, he was changed from the inside out. From that day on he became something more. On that day Captain America was born.

React: What does the world say about me? What does God say about me? Which voice do I listen to? I’m too short, too tall, too skinny, too fat. I’m not smart enough. I’m too smart for my own good. I’m not talented enough. I cannot make a difference. I’m not rich enough. I don’t have the right connections. I’ve made too many mistakes. My past is riddled with too many failures. I’m overqualified. I need more experience. I’m too young. I’m too old. I need more education. I don’t have what it takes. I am a slave to my passions. I can never do it. Or…

I am His child. I am a new creation. I am a holy priesthood. I am royalty. I have been adopted by the King. I am a friend of God. I’ve been redeemed. I’ve been set free. I am not who I once was. I am an heir with Christ. I am holy. I am righteous. I am victorious. I am made alive in Christ, sealed by the Holy Spirit, and seated in the heavenlies with the Father. I am alive.

The thing is, all too often I am like Captain America still listening to and living under the criticisms thrown at Steve Rogers. God has changed me on the inside, but I’m still living under the restrictions placed on that old me. So many voices have told me no for so long that I cannot hear the divine yes shouting out from He who lives in me. It is time to tune in to His voice. It is time to get out of the closet of fear, to crawl out from under the bed, and get into the world He is calling me to change.

Respond: 

God, help me to listen to You. There are voices that clamor for my attention. There are words that have spoken to me, about me, that have chained me to a life of fear and doubt. Some of those words I have said about myself. But I know who You are. You are truth. You are love. And You have said I am more. Help me to truly believe that I am all You say I am.

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19 comments

  1. Reblogged this on JimMorrisonDreamDiaries and commented:
    These could have easily been Jim’s secret thoughts as he didn’t believe in wars hence dedicated to him from ME.

  2. Yes, it is time we stop listening to negative people and start listening to God!

  3. Pingback: Who Am I Listening To (6/12/13) | Gods group

  4. Yes, God has the true picture and we are what He says we are – to listen to naysayers is to let doubt and unbelief creep in. Good post.

  5. Awesome post! Just what I needed to hear today. And I am a Gateway member, so the music made it even better.

  6. This post is awesome! I LOVE all of the I AM’s!

  7. Loved Captian America for that very reason. Actually I love alot of stories about fighting the good fight and standing in faith for what we believe in. Sometimes we have to tell out own corrupted brains to shut up! Change our ungodly thinking to Godly thinking. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Great post! This is a subject I talk and write about a lot – it is dear to my heart. It is so easy to get off track from His reality of who we are. Too many times we listen to the external voices and get side tracked. When we fully focused on who God created us to be with all His gifts and talents and blessings, then we go about His business and don’t worry about all the ‘other’. You are right on- thanks for sharing.

  9. Bee

    Yes I have found listening to go you stay positive even when negative people are around you

  10. I love this response. :) Thank you!

  11. WOW !!!! What a great place! I am a man who appreciates good questions … to the point that sometimes the questions are more important than the answers: Who am I listening to? What do I believe about myself? About God? I’m following your blog, and I’ll be back.
    Take care.

  12. Too often we do listen to the world instead of our loving Heavenly Father who truly has our best interests at heart!

  13. Wow, that inspired me a lot. You have done an amazing job on writing this article. I agree that even I give in to these thoughts thrown at me and it does help to know that God loves me just the way I am. And that I shouldn’t change myself. Again I want to mention this, you did an outstanding job on this article.

  14. Reblogged this on Why Stay The Same When We Can Grow! and commented:
    I wanted to share this blog entry with you guys! He’s always got great stuff to share, but this one really spoke to me. I love the “I Am” portion of the devo. Enjoy!

  15. EBKanter

    Fabulous. You’re in my head, and knew what I needed to hear/read. Thank you!

  16. hats-off to you.. keep up

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