Memory Verse: “There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification“- 1 Cor. 14:10.
Bible Passage: Ps. 29:3-9.
- 1 INTRODUCTION
- 2 OUTLINES
- 3 THE IMPACT OF VOICES
- 4 THE VALUE OF LISTENING TO GOD 1. A fulfilling life and destiny. The most important choice you will have to make in life are choices that will require God to assist you to have a fulfilled life. For example, the choice of who to marry (Prov. 18:22), the business career to pursue (Jer. 1:5), the place to live or settle (Gen. 26:1-3) etc. These are decisions that will require God’s assistance as you put your trust in Him (Prov. 3:5-6).
- 5 CONCLUSION
- 6 QUESTIONS
- 7 ASSIGNMENT
- 8 Fact Check Policy
We live in a world of voices (1 Cor. 14:10): demonic voices, the voices of friends, the voices of enemies, the voices of those who love us, the voices of those who hate us, the voices of God etc. Also, different voices come with different impacts. 1 Cor. 14:10b says there is not one of those voices without meaning. It is, therefore, expedient for all believers to learn about the impact of those voices they listen to and the value of listening to God.
1. THE IMPACT OF VOICES
2. THE VALUE OF LISTENING TO GOD.
THE IMPACT OF VOICES
The voice you listen to affects your outcome. Eve listened to the serpent (Gen. 3:1-7), Samson listened to Delilah (Judges 16:6.7), Amnon listened to Jonadab (2 Samuel 13:4-14), Saul of Tarsus listened to Jesus Christ (Acts 9:1-6). Therefore, who you give your ears to effects:
1. Your mindset and invariably your thought pattern (Prov. 23:7).
2. Your choices and decision-making (1 Kings 12:6-14).
3. Your emotion, feelings, and psychological well-being (Num. 13:32-33; 14:1-4).
4. Your lifestyle and the steps you take (John 4:25-29).
5. Your life’s outcome and fulfilment of destiny (Acts 26:13-16; Jer. 1:4-5).
THE VALUE OF LISTENING TO GOD
1. A fulfilling life and destiny. The most important choice you will have to make in life are choices that will require God to assist you to have a fulfilled life. For example, the choice of who to marry (Prov. 18:22), the business career to pursue (Jer. 1:5), the place to live or settle (Gen. 26:1-3) etc. These are decisions that will require God’s assistance as you put your trust in Him (Prov. 3:5-6).
2. The fulfilment of life’s purpose and vision. This is the reason for living as a whole. It seemed God was telling Jeremiah, “I planned for you, I prepared for you, I organised what you should do with your life before you come (Jer. 1:5). In Acts 26;12-19, Paul narrates the details of his assignment in life.
3. Supernatural supply or divine provision. As long as God is the one leading, you do not need to struggle for “pasture” (Ps. 23:1-2). God knows where your supply is, and He will direct you to the right place (1 Kings 17:27; Luke 5:4-7).
4. Supernatural power and authority. The voice of God comes with power (Ps. 29:4). When God speaks to you, power rushes into you (Ex. 37:1-10). There is a boldness that is backed up by the voice of the Lord (Ex. 3:1-10). You can face the future without fear (Gen. 12:1-4).
5. Victory over enemy forces including afflictions, battles, or conspiracies (Is. 30:31, 1 Sam. 30:1-8,18-19; 2 Sam. 5:17-21). Many people are victims of battles, only because they do not know what God is saying, and what they ought to do.
6. Escape from danger and disaster (Prov. 22:3; 1 Sam. 23:7-13).
7. The impartation of divine wisdom. When God guides you cannot be foolish (Prov. 1:5) If you hear from God, your wisdom is not contestable (Luke 21:15). You need divine wisdom to handle the affair of life successfully (Eccl. 10:10).
The voice you listen to determines your direction and destination. To end well, always listen to the voice of God.
1. Mention four (4) ways the voices we listen to affect our lives.
2. Mention three (3) benefits of listening to the voice of God.
Mention five (5) definite things you will do to control the voices you hear apart from God’s voice (2×5=10 Marks).