Thursday, November 17, 2016

Voice Recognition

In today's world, technology is taking over on many fronts.  Even in. . . our vehicles!  They now have this "voice recognition" feature in the newer vehicles where you say 10 sentences and your "vehicle" (or someone in it) is trained to recoginize YOUR voice!  What the auto industry didn't account for is the severe Texas Twang we have going on in our neck of the woods.  Even after 10 training sentences, it still doesn't quite get what I'm trying to say, but hey! It's a great start for hands-free driving, huh?

What about you?  Are you successful at recognizing people's voices?  I'll bet you are.  I watch Fox News, (too much) and can recognize many of the anchor's voices without even seeing who is talking. I easily recognize my favorite singers on the radio.  I, of course, know my family's voices, my children, my husband, my in-laws and certainly my friend's voices.  That seems incredibly easy, doesn't it?  In fact, that's no major feat at all.  I'd guess MOST people recognize their family and friend's voices without any hesitation.

What has been swirling around in my head for months on end, is this:  why can't I recognize God's voice as simply as I do everyone else in my life?  Why isn't His voice as easy to recognize with just one or two words?  I'M the one that needs the extra lines of training sentences!  There have been times in my life where I just KNEW that was God's voice telling me something.  I wish I could say that was the norm, but honestly, I've struggled recognizing God's voice at times.

That cunning devil is always telling us something that has just a morsel of truth tied to a bundle of lies, but somehow, we believe the whole bundle!  Why is that?  In my case, it was easier to believe the negative things about me and therefore, "hush" the ability to hear God's voice.

I'm learning (training) my heart to hear God's voice and one way that has made a huge difference is to learn and believe I am who He says I am.  When I KNOW that in my heart, not just my head, I can defend myself from the bundle of lies the enemy throws at me.  The best way for me to know who I am in Him, is to read His word, which tells me EXACTLY who I am.  He is my creator; He knows better than anyone who I REALLY am and what my purpose is.  He never lies.

I love what my "Jesus Calling" devotional says:

 "Be content to be a simple sheep, listening for My Voice and following Me.  I will lead you into restful green pastures and guide you along paths of righteousness."

Simple sheep . . . Listen for His Voice  . . . Follow Him . . .

I want to become so good at recognizing His Voice, that it overcomes all the other voices in my head.  I pray you will too.

"My sheep listen to My Voice; I know them, and they follow Me."  -John 10:27

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