Evangeline, my daughter, came home from school one day and nuzzled into my side and said in a small voice… this was the worst day ever…
I held her close for a moment and then asked, honey, what happened.
They made fun of my name Mum, they called me Evil Eva…
Words can crush can’t they?
I got her to look up at me, into my eyes.
Remember sweetheart, when you were one day old, when God said YOU ARE DELIGHTFUL…?
Yes, I remember
That is who you are Evangeline. You are not evil. You are delightful. Your name means giver of life, messenger of good news.
I know Mum. They kept on saying it. It was hard but I kept on ignoring them.
Whose voice do you need to listen to sweetheart?
God’s voice and your voice Mum.
Such truth from my youngest. A fearless young one, learning courage and wisdom in the classroom of life.
Often we have an internal dialogue which is ripping us off and defeating us… we have an inner voice – our soul, our mind, that can depreciate our assets, rationalize a situation or just plain speaks with unbelief in our own abilities and more importantly the God we serve and that empowers us.
This voice can be like the voices of my daughters classmates, telling us we are worthless when the truth is that we are very precious and God delights in us and loves us so much that He gave His only son to ransom, rescue and save us.
What shapes this voice we listen to?
- our past
- our parents
- our peer groups
- the media
- the enemy
Our voice can often tell us that we won’t ever be able to do anything to help or be very god at anything – but God calls us his partners and calls all of us to work with Him and promises to work through us.
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. ~Winston Churchill
My voices says:
- who do you think you are?
- no one will listen to you
- no one wants to listen to you
- you’re just a …
- nothing is going to change – why bother?
- you’re a proven failure
- you’re not good enough
- you’ll never be good enough
The voices in my head tell me everything that I don’t like about myself, the remind me of my flaws and failings. They however are silent when it comes to reminding me what God says about me and His promises and unfailing faithfulness.
“Regardless of what you want to do or who you are, fear will always see you as wholly unqualified for anything you ever dream or attempt.” Jon Acuff
Fear is going to tell you you cant. It’s going to lie to you and make excuses so you stop in your tracks.
Fear and insecurity partner with the enemy to limit us and restrict us. To kill the dream.
But God is great. He is good.
He wants us to rip that negative self talk out of our heads, to change the cd so to speak and to hear HIS voice of hope and faith and truth.
God qualifies us for anything we dream and attempt.
What does the Bible say?
Let the weak say “I am strong”
Greater is God in me that the enemy in the world
Those that know their God will be strong and do exploits
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
This is why God tells us to renew our mind, to be transformed and to fix our eyes (and ears!) upon Himself. To listen to His voice. We need to listen to the truth that God speaks. We need to listen to HIS voice in our head and hearts and let the voices in the playground fall away into silence.
There is an enemy who wants us to think we are defenceless, useless, hopeless weaklings. If he can shut us down he shuts us up.
Can we see beyond what people say about our limitations to the fact that we serve a God who doesn’t even have that word in His vocabulary? To the God whose capability doesn’t rise and fall with our own inability? Can we see beyond what people say about our dreams and plans to the God who has actually given them to us and is fully competent to bring them to pass? Steven Furtick
Become master of your own voice – take every wrong thought captive. Don’t just think and believe every thought you have. Not every thought we have is correct. This is why I think it is important to read the Bible – to learn what God says about us.
Then we can reprogram our heart and override any untruth (from the enemy or ourselves) with the truth of God.
Remember, we are loved with an everlasting love. We are children of God. Servants of God. Strong. Mighty. We carry the living God within us – a great powerful treasure in jars of mere clay. God calls us and anoints us and uses us. He works in us and through us. Despite our flaws and failings He is great and great in and through us for His glory. He chooses the weak and the foolish, the ordinary, to demonstrate His extraordinariness.
“Don’t underestimate what God can do through your life. God has a very long, proven, and consistent history of using foolish and broken things for His glory.” ~ Eugene Cho
He is our great healer, our great strength, the one who saves us.
“The best way to get rid of the negative thoughts is to crowd them out with something else bigger and more beautiful: worship of the One who holds everything in His powerful and capable hands.” ― Jocelyn Green
So how do we change the voices in our head?
Read the Word of God and transform the way you think (Romans 12:2)
Take control of the thoughts – when the lies and doubt come, change your mind, change the topic. Stop passively agreeing with the negative voices.
Replace the negative thought with a positive one. Change the tone of your thoughts.
Don’t play the victim, take control and make some changes if changes need to be made.
Find someone to encourage you, share your fear and ask for intentional help.
Analyze what you’re thinking. Is this really true?
Line a new truth up against the lie.
Give yourself grace. Remind you that God’s grace is sufficient.
“I’ve tucked those negative thoughts in a drawer, and for the most part, though I know the drawer still exists, it never gets opened.” ― K. Martin Beckner
What else do you do to stop the voices in your head dragging you down?
Who are you listening to?