Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Many Kinds of Voices in the World

"Paul said, “There are … so many kinds of voices in the world” (1 Cor. 14:10) that compete with the voice of the Spirit. Such is the situation in the world. The Spirit’s voice is ever present, but it is calm. Said Isaiah, “And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever” (Isa. 32:17).

The adversary tries to smother this voice with a multitude of loud, persistent, persuasive, and appealing voices: murmuring voices that conjure up perceived injustices, whining voices that abhor challenge and work, seductive voices offering sensual enticements, soothing voices that lull us into carnal security, intellectual voices that profess sophistication and superiority, proud voices that urge us to rely on the arm of the flesh, flattering voices that puff us up with pride, cynical voices that destroy hope, entertaining voices that promote pleasure seeking, commercial voices that tempt us to “spend money for that which is of no worth” and our “labor for that which cannot satisfy” (2 Ne. 9:51), and delirious voices that spawn the desire for a “high.” James E. Faust, “The Voice of the Spirit,” Liahona, Sep 1995, 17

My husband shared this quote in his talk last Sunday and it really stuck out to me. I think I can definitely do better at ignoring the many voices that try to sneak their evil ideas into my head.

How do you keep the voice of the Spirit stronger than the other voices in your life?


Raymond Teodo a.k.a. was_bedeutet_jemanden said...

I think the times when I am hearing the Spirit stronger is when I am taking the time to "be still." Sometimes we are caught up with work, study, family life, and even church commitments, that we don't stop to take the time to "listen" to what the Spirit is telling us.

Personal scripture study is usually the time when I am feeling the Spirit at its strongest. Because I am focusing on the words of Christ, and not on my school work, I tend to get a clearer focus on what the Lord wants me to do.

But that's just my suggestion...

Janis said...

Hello! It's been a while since I've been on here. I was wondering since I am so much more of a Facebook person now verses a blogger, if you have thought of taking your blog to FB. I think it is pretty easy to set up, and then when you make a post you can link it on to your FB page, and your followers will see it. I know you could probably get a ton more followers too being on FB.
Thanks, and I hope you are doing well.