How can we be the light in a dark world, how can we make an eternal impact and transform lives? Over the last few weeks, I have been talking about the importance of re-discovering your voice over in my FB Group. Simply put, our voice is the truth of who we are.
Unfortunately, there are some things which stop us from re-discovering and embracing our voice namely: Shame and Fear.
- Shame leads us to believe that our voice is wrong, faulty or not good enough to be loved and accepted by others.
- Fear focuses on the potential consequences or “what ifs” of embracing our voice.
But our inability to embrace ourselves doesn’t just affect us but has a knock-on impact in the world. Why do you think there is so much war, pain, hate, violence, abuse towards ourselves and others? When we spend our time fighting against who we are, and denying it because of fear, shame and guilt we make space for sin to enter in.
Here is a huge truth, God created you in HIS image, that means everything that IS you is of and from God. There is nothing about who YOU ARE that is wrong, bad or not enough, all those things that I mentioned come out of pain and fear. It is the fruit of the flesh.
When we embrace that our Voice is really His Voice, and His Truth is our Truth we can overcome fear with love, and oh what a beautiful thing it must be to show God’s Truth in a World that so desperately needs to see Him.
Making an Impact
Today I woke up to messages of those in Manchester (UK) who were victims of a terrorist attack and I couldn’t help but reflect on today’s scripture passage:
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practise the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1: 5-10, ESVUK)
I also like how the AMP says it here.
Be The Light
How many times do you hear people saying “be the light”? It’s easy to say it but what does it even mean?
First of all we need to recognise it’s not our Light. Each one of us has darkness in us, none of us are fully perfect, fully right, and therefore fully light because we all sin. As the AMP says it, “if we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude ourselves and the truth is not in us. [His word does not live in our hearts.]”
God is fully Light and even more than that, He is “The Light”. He is ultimate truth and it is impossible for Him to sin. Anyone who relies on their own goodness, anyone who thinks they are truth, right or light is only deceiving themselves and allowing themselves to remain in the darkness.
Many of us are deluded and in denial to how we allow sin to play out in our lives through jealousy, envy, war, striving, bitching, betrayal, hatred and such like – these are the works of the flesh and come about through failure to see ourselves as God sees us. Failure to be who God has created us to be, we believe in the lie of who we are not instead of the truth of who we are.
We can only shine when we reflect Him and walk in His Light. This calls for our humility, acknowledging that all our goodness IS Him. Ultimately, we must desire to not only sparkle but to shine brightly. By learning to embrace ourselves in God we stop focusing on who we are not and start to focus on who is in us.
How might the world be a different place if we allowed YHWH to be seen in us?
(Catch the entire ‘Re-discovering your Voice’ series over in my FB group.
Florence Achama Ukpabi
Therapeutic Well-being Coach and Abundant Life Mentor