As a child, I was quite shy and quiet. I remember when I was about 8 years old, my mother asked me to make a phone call to the pizzeria to order dinner. And, the tears started to roll as they simultaneously exited my little body along with fears! I was terrified. The outcome was not as painful as I thought it would be. Realizing it was my first time making such a call, my mother guided me through it. And, throughout my growing up into young adulthood, though improving, my quietness stuck with me for the most part. In the effort to avoid conflict, I often times (not “always”) suppressed what bothered me, or remained silent about what I thought I didn’t have the power to change. There’s nothing wrong with being reserved and quiet. But, there are times assertiveness serves a great advantage, pushing aside the anxiety of what we fear, to use our voice to say what needs to be said. Because when we surrender, in an untimely manor, unto silence in attempts to avoid conflict, it begins a wage of war within us, as we continue to watch the status quo flow. Understand that your voice matters because it is a gift. It is time to use your VIP status.
“There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.” 1 Corinthians 14:10 KJV
Paul is talking about spiritual gifts. Interestingly, the gift he encouraged the most was that of Prophecy, which is speaking or uttering of, as 1 Corinthians 14:3 KJV says “But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.” You think you don’t have it, think again after reading, Acts 2:17 NIV, “ ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” What have you been envisioning that could make a positive impact? What dreams has God given you that you have not yet brought into manifestation?
The story I shared about myself is extremely innocent and uninteresting, though such an experience can ultimately affect how one uses or suppresses their voice. But there are many others out there whose voices have been silenced by way of truncated thoughts, viced voices or stifled speech (by those who refuse to listen to reason), the minimizing “me” malady (by you, yourself, who don’t believe you have anything to offer), and failure freeze (by you, yourself, who are afraid you may make mistakes). What would happen if you reclaimed the power you think you don’t have? What would you do if you knew you could move mountains? How would it make you feel if you could be the voice of those whose voices were once taken away? You can discover this as you begin to use your VIP status.
The renowned actress, Gabrielle Union wrote a news article, in which she shares her own story about having been raped 24 years ago, and speaks of her more recent joining the cast of the movie “The Birth of a Nation”, she says, “I took this role because I related to the experience. I also wanted to give a voice to my character, who remains silent throughout the film. In her silence, she represents countless black women who have been and continue to be violated. Women without a voice, without power.” Or, so they perceive… because it simply takes a choice to use their voice, a decision to use their VIP status.
I’ve met fellas, blessed men, God has placed on earth to walk out their Kingdom inheritance, who won’t speak for themselves, allowing others to speak for them. Men of God, how would it shift your life to reposition and stir up the potential within you that’s in line with the Will of God? Another lady I’ve worked with in the past, who was unusually quiet in a context in which I knew she was equipped, empowered, and expected to voice what God placed on her heart, but come to find out later, she was filled with fear because she had been oppressed via forms of abuse as she grew up. So she was now too afraid to say much of anything. Let me tell you something… it doesn’t matter who tried to steal your voice, you can begin to use your VIP status anyway.
You probably have been asking, “what do you mean by VIP status, Lukeisha?” VIP is Voice Initiating Power, and you have it. One of the meanings of the word voice in Greek is to “make manifest”. In Hebrew the word voice can represent the “thing that is spoken even if it’s written down”; giving you benefits that enables you to, first, though not in order of importance, Shift the Atmosphere.
Shift the Atmosphere
Even if you aren’t called to church ministry, you as a child of God can still be a messenger of good for God in your home, community, city, state, country or abroad. Change comes by, according to God’s will, speaking against what is not right and speaking up for what’s going well to keep it going. Take Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for example; without his voice, many people would not allow themselves to have hope for what seemed impossible and to pursue dreams that were outside of the context of their reality. For, without a voice, innocent children in the womb would have no one to speak up for their little lives. Jesus, who is The Word, has been impacting the world before time with His Word as He spoke things into existence, and continuous love and salvation into our lives. A young lady, in her teenage years, Malala Yousafzai, is currently arising, encouraging others to make a ripple in world waters to begin to move what’s stale and stagnant and usher in that which is refreshed and renewed. Anyone who we’ve seen that have made significant differences in the world spoke those changes forth, they spoke words that “…calls into existence things that don’t yet exist” (Romans 4:17 ISV). Every time you use your voice, and your words align with the heart and the will of God, mountains can be moved, giving you the ability to Block and Unlock.
Block & Unlock
Per a portion of the definition of the Greek word, voice means “to be brought forth into light”. I was watching the movie In the Heart of the Sea, and heard a statement that stuck with me ever since; “The devil loves unspoken secrets; especially those that fester in one’s soul.” In my coaching sessions, I often encourage my clients to embrace God’s grace by releasing the guilt or shame that accompanies experiences that we often just don’t want to talk about. Revelation 12:11 shows that “…they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” This was referring to that which I jokingly call, Gospel Gossip, they Spread the Word, of what they had seen and experienced, and the wonders Jesus did to give them breakthrough in the midst of the pains to be delivered, unlocking heavenly strength and blocking out worldly strife.
There is a time for everything, as said to us in Ecclesiastes 3:7 “…There is a time to be silent and a time to speak.” In those times to speak, however, many do not. In those times, it is a ploy of the enemy attempting to silence the truth, telling you “shut up, you have nothing to say, no one wants to listen to you, etc.”; and why? Because the truth will set you free, and you’ll no longer be under misguided and ungodly control, nor will you be bound by the perceived limitations of experiences and circumstances. Though we must be cautious who we tell what to and how, James 5:16 says “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Take this moment to consider that prayer is… voiced, whether it is written or spoken. Prayerlessness is the enemy’s attempt to silence you, to remove you from your power. Your VIP status provides the ability to block him, his assignments, and unlock your freedom, enabling you to Stand in Significance.
Stand in Significance
You don’t have to be a professional speaker to have significance. Your significance resides in the fact that God didn’t create you to shelve you, but to use you. As you invoke your VIP status, you can begin to call forth your significance as you voice initiative that will begin to close the gap between you and your next opportunity at your job. At home, you will be able to silence the bellows that scream at you to silence of your expression as you begin to voice initiative to be all you’re created to be. You can call forth your significance as you voice initiative over your secret inner critic, allowing you to block the self-doubt, and unlock healthy levels of self-clout. For, your voice is not without significance, but a conduit of moving into more that God has in store.
Where was the last place you truly heard your voice? When was the last time you were geared up to call forth a long overdue nourishment and cultivation of the environment you’re in? When was the last time you felt your voice mattered? Using your God given, Holy Spirit induced, Voice Initiating Power (VIP), the purpose you have been looking for can be revealed as you call forth the importance of your existence, which is to add flavor to your assigned parts of this tasteless world, as in Matthew 5:15 as Jesus says “You are the salt of the earth…” For,
One vision, one dream, one voice… can initiate freedom.
One vision, one dream, one voice… can initiate hope.
One vision, one dream, one voice… can initiate comfort.
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Love you with the Love of God!
Lukeisha Carr, BCACLC
Your Biblical Life Coach, Coaching you to Live Your Abundant Life in Christ!