To whom are you listening; God or the devil? If you choose not to listen to one you are listening to the other. Simple. When you sit and worry about how bad things are, how pporly someone has treated you, how horrible you are feeling, your focus is not on God. When those things dominate your thoughts, you find yourself in a rut of believing the many lies the devil plants in your mind. You will believe that there is no hope, that you are worthless, that no good happens to you, only everyone else. You will talk yourself into believing the promotion you were denied wasn’t worth it anyway. You will tell the world that that what everyone else has is far better than that many great things you have.
Those are lies, thoughts and ideas that you will never find in the word of God. God will definitely tell you the truth about who you are, and what your life is about, but he does not beat you into submission by making you feel bad about yourself. Why would you follow someone who only makes you feel bad about your life? God’s words are designed to be truthful, and helpful; they were written to give hope, and healing.
Think about the thoughts you have. Are the depressing, frustrating, or anger provoking? If they are then those are not from God; he never whispers in your ear that you are going to fail, that people hate you and what you look like, wear, and represent. No! The Bible says, “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 8:37. God’s written word says “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit,” Romans 8:1. This means that no matter what your circumstance, you win! You will be able to conquer whatever it is because of Christ.
You don’t have to listen to the negative things that are being said. Someone told me long ago, that what I think about, I bring about. If I choose to believe I am worthless, attitudes, ideas, and actions that are worthless will manifest themselves in my life. If I think I cannot accomplish anything good, I will not be motivated, encouraged, or compelled to do anything good. The written Word of God says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” Proverbs 23:7. If you think about how depressed you are, you will only become more so. If you think someone to be a problem in your life, you will always see everything but the good in them. If you want to feel bad (or worse) keep talking about how bad you feel, or how angry you are. The more you tell people you want to forgive someone but just can’t, you never will.
Did you ever stop to think about how likely you are to believe a lie than the truth? We all do it, usually thinking we are being humble. We tell ourselves we don’t deserve compliments or nice things. We reject gifts saying, “I can’t accept that.” Why not? You deserve good in your life, good you didn’t work for. God blesses us through others so stop talking your way out of your blessings.
God wrote down his gifts, directions, and promises. That we know to be a truth in our world. If it is noteworthy and important, it is written. The devil never wrote a book filled with good things or created illustrations of overcoming adversity. He never wrote about choosing a way that brings abundant life. No one has ever said, let me go back to the devil’s diary and read about how worthless I am. You’ve never seen flyers that say, let’s get together every week to discuss our failures, heartbreaks, frustrations and find out how we can have more of that. The devil talks a lot, but he only talks and presents ideas of destruction, oppression, distraction, and confusion. Why would you want that to be the voice that rules you?
God wrote is word as a guide to redemption and salvation. The devil only runs his mouth, and as long as you keep listening, he will keep talking. Speak words of life into your situation, not words that will only make you feel bad. The written Word of God says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:5.
When you hear yourself say, this is too hard, this is never going to work, I’m not going to make it, I’m so mad, I’m never going to forgive that! Stop. Rethink your way into the next moment.
Boast in the Lord. I AM more than a conqueror, I CAN do this [Romans 8:37]. I HAVE NOT been given more than I can bear, this is not too hard for me,[1 Corinthians 10:13]. Christ has given me his peace, I WILL NOT be upset or angry [John 14:27]. I want God to forgive me, so I WILL choose to be forgiving, [Matthew 6:15].
To whom are you listening? You can stop the darkness of the devil with the word of God. Read your Bible daily. Get up earlier, read during break times, or buy Bible CDs for your commute. Make time for God and there will be no time to entertain the devil.
Be good, be careful, and be a blessing to someone today!
God bless you!