Deeper Day 249: My Sheep Will Know My Voice

With so many loud voices upon the earth all the time, it can feel very confusing. It can sometimes be hard to discern the truth from a lie. It can be especially hard to discern a half-truth. Many moments lately have been covered with the sound of a half-truth…but you know the only way for it to be half-true, is if its other half is a lie.

I’m gonna let that little truth bomb lay on your heart for a minute and hopefully explode. As it explodes, I ask God to let it destroy any half-truths that you and/or I have been believing.

My husband has a really good analogy that he’s used with our children since they were very young. It’s a unique way to emphasize the power of a lie or half-truth.

He would say to the kids, when they lie or leave out part of the truth, etc. “Let me ask you a question. What if I go into the kitchen and make some brownies, would you eat them?” At this part of the story, the kids’ eyes would always light up with excitement. Then he would continue,” Now what if I put just a teaspoon of poop in them and mix it in really good. Would you still eat them?” Undoubtedly and without fail all the kids would moan in disgust and adamantly proclaim that of course they would not eat those.  “Well,” he continued, “that’s what a lie is like. Even if you tell mostly truth, if you add a little lie in it then it makes the whole thing bad.”

Now I admit I was taken aback the first time I heard him say this. There was such wisdom to it and even though it’s so obvious, I can tell you right now, most of us do not act so discriminately. In fact, recently I can’t tell you how many people have tried to force me to agree with large organizations or broad statements even though so much of what those groups or statements support is wrong. Not just wrong even, but detrimental to society and our way of life as a whole.

I won’t do it.

I won’t overlook a little poop just because of pressure. Poop is poop and I don’t want any of it.

What I do know however, is this, I belong to God and I know His voice. So, when faced with so much information all the time, when I begin to feel cloudy or confused, I will listen for His voice. When I hear it, that’s the way I will chose, and nobody will change my mind or guilt me out of it.

Prayer Moment: God, don’t ever let me get led astray by a half-truth. Keep my heart steady against the manipulations of this world. I will not bow down and cower to any man. I follow You, and You alone. Even if I am the only one left following You, give me strength to remain steady. Here I am standing for You and kneeling for no man. Guard me, Abba. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.  John 10:27-30