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Determining Voice

About 4 years ago, a sophomore in high school asked me what was so bad about him wanting to drink alcohol, especially if he can be responsible. I knew that he was expecting me to talk about the negative reasons why not to, but I asked him one simple question, “Who is your final authority?” He didn’t have to think long about the question and answered, “God!’ I asked him what God says and pointed him to Romans 13, where Paul tells us to obey the law of the land.

This is a question I have been asking a lot lately of our students and it’s one that I’d like to ask you. Who is your final authority? Another way to put it is, who is the determining or deciding voice in your life that drives you to make the decisions that you make?


All our life we have been making decisions that directly effect the path we are taking and the outcome of situations that we find ourselves. John write in chapter 16:13 of his gospel, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.” The Holy Spirit is our guide. He is to be the determining voice in our lives. The Lord speaks to us through His word, the church, prayer, and the Holy Spirit.

If we allow the media, social networking, books, friends and family be the determining voice in our life, we will drift away from the truths of God.  We walk on wide paths that lead to destruction and effect those around us. Look no further than Genesis 2 when God gave the command to Adam, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” (NLT) Yet, the voice that Adam chose to listen to was the voice of deception and he chose the path that was easy and desirable, and ultimately lead to death (Genesis 3). And who did his decision effect? All of us!

So who is the determining voice in your life?  Who influences you?  Who are you allowing to lead you?  “The gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” (Matthew 7:14, NLT)

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