Have you ever been around someone who seemed to be their own worst enemy? They constantly put themselves down. Their negative self-talk is overwhelming. They are their own worst critic.
Listening to them say out loud what is going through their head is like listening to radio station that plays the same songs over and over or discovering that somehow your iTunes got stuck on “repeat one”.
Maybe that person is you. Maybe you sabotage yourself with destructive thoughts. Maybe you collude with the Devil who feeds you lies like I eat Peanut Butter M&Ms.
I believe what God would say to you (or your friend) is eject that CD. Stop that tape. Skip that track. Pick a new station.
If you think you have screwed up too much for God to love you, eject that CD and listen to this. In Romans 8:35-37, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, ‘For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.’) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” Paul is right; you have not moved beyond God’s love. Stop thinking you’ve screwed up too much; start realizing God’s love sent his Son into the world so that you could be redeemed and reconciled with Him.
If you feel like God has condemned you for compromising your faith, skip that track and begin this one. In Romans 8:1, Paul also wrote, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” If you are a follower of Jesu, that is true for you. Stop feeling like someone who has been condemned; start recognizing that God has set you free and you can live in that freedom.
If you believe that God can’t use you, throw that tape out the window and throw this one in. In Numbers 22, God spoke to the prophet, Balaam, through his donkey. In Exodus 3, Moses heard God through a burning bush. In Matthew 1, the genealogy includes a man who sold his brother into slavery, a woman who seduces her father-in-law (the one who sold his brother) into fathering twins with her, a Canaanite prostitute, and a murder/adulterer/horrible father who would have kept Dr. Phil busy for a long time. Stop believing your useless; start telling God you are ready and available today.
The voices you listen to and the messages you internalize shape how you view yourself, God and the world. Many of us have listened to destructive tracks for far too long, giving our Enemy a chance to distract us from who we are and what we are called to do. If you recognize the track you’ve been playing for far too long, I urge you to not only stop hitting the play button but also start playing another track – a life-giving one – in its place.
When have you listened to a destructive track in your head? What did the track say?