Everyday, there are voices in our head, evaluating what we see going on around us, discussing our plans for the day, warning us of dangers that may lie in the “path” we take, and a whole host of other commentary. It’s not something we can normally just turn off and on at will.
But I do not want to talk to you about the dialog you carry on with yourself. No, I want to talk to you about the voices that come from the outside, often times disguising themselves as your own thoughts and ideas.
These voices tell you about yourself: how you talk; about your looks; about your worthiness in any given situation; about conversations you’ve had with others. The voices tell you about your relationships: about your performance at your work; about what your friends and co-workers think about you. The voices tell you about what God thinks of you: about why God can’t possibly forgive you; about why he surely won’t ever love you, especially after all the horrible things you’ve thought and all “those” things you’ve said to people … not to mention all the things you’ve done!
You think these words and ideas are just you, taking a truthful and objective look at yourself. After years of listening to them and falling deeper into self-loathing and depression you believe them. The result is that you are trudging instead of walking. You might be bent over, looking only at the pavement in front of you with a perpetually drawn face that hasn’t smiled in years – and I’m not talking about the polite smile that you might flash to people on an exceptionally good day of your life, but a true, ear-to-ear smile that just exudes joy.
Is this you?
The Battleground of the Mind
Well, I’m telling you now, these are lies and they do not originate with you nor do they originate from our Father in heaven who loves us. They come straight from Satan and his cohort of demons and they have only one goal: to keep you from being a happy and productive child of God. Period. If you are a child of God, then you are then you are under God’s protection and Satan has lost his battle to keep you out of heaven. And if you are not a believer, guess what: God is still willing to help you.
Even Jesus had to fight this same voice – Satan’s voice – that you are hearing:
“Then Jesus was led up into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tempted by the devil, and after he had fasted forty days and forty nights, then he was hungry. And the tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, order that these stones become bread.” But he answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man will not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes out of the mouth of God.” Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the highest point of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down! For it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will lift you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'” Jesus said to him, “On the other hand it is written, ‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.”‘ Again the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, and he said to him, “I will give to you all these things, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go away, Satan, for it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve only him.'” Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and began ministering to him.”Matthew 4:1-11, LEB
I underlined and made boldface the reply that Jesus made to each of the challenges of Satan. If you look at them carefully, Jesus’ reply in each of these rebuttals is a quote from the Bible. He was recalling the truth that is written in the Bible and throwing it back in Satan’s face. Satan tempted Jesus on three different levels:
- appeal to the lust of the flesh: “turn these stones to bread”;
- appeal to the pride of life: “throw yourself down,” God will save you;
- appeal to the lust of the eyes: “I will give you all these things”.
This passage also illustrates Satan’s goal: to be worshiped. This is clearly stated in Satan’s third and final question, “if you will fall down and worship me.” The first two questions are seemingly benign and if Jesus had answered either in the affirmative, Satan’s goal would have been achieved, but Jesus rebuked him with quoting the proper passages from the Bible – a much stronger way to say “No.” It’s like a football team standing behind a 98-pound weakling when he makes his stand against the class bully.
This is the reason why we need to read the Bible and even memorize passages that we can recall and make a rebuttal to Satan when he comes whispering at our ear. The word is the weapon that is sharper than any two-edged sword and will silence Satan.
Are you being affected by the voices in your head and whispering in your ears? Ask the Lord to help. Pray something like this:
Heavenly Father, I ask for your help to silence these voices that keep pestering me day and night. They tell me lies about myself, my friends, strangers, and the world around me. It is to the point that sometimes I don’t know what to believe and what not to believe. I need your help. I am a sinner and so, I ask you to please forgive my sins. Remove them from me and break them away from me, never to be remembered again. These voices I am hearing are driving me crazy and confusing me. Please, I ask you, in the name of your Son, Jesus of Nazareth, to silence them. I also ask that any curses that are upon me that have been placed by other people or even, unwittingly, by myself that you would annul them and free me from their oppression. Please I need the peace that only you can give, Jesus. Thank you, Father. Amen.