Farm Wife Devotions: Whispers
Some of the most dangerous things that we say to ourselves or others say to us are just quiet whispers. Things we wouldn't say out loud or to other people. Yet, we say those things to ourselves.
This is negative self-talk. It can be as simple as "why can't I have just one easy day?" or "I can't do anything right."
The Bible says that there is nothing we experience in our lives that Jesus didn't experience during his time on earth. Of course, He experienced it, but didn't fall into the sin of it, because He is God and is perfect.
Before Jesus began His ministry, Mark 4:1-2 says, that Jesus was in the desert and the devil tempted Him. I think its interesting that the devil didn't tempt Him when He was with people or when He was with His disciples. The devil waited till Jesus was "alone" and hungry.
I know temptation is a little bit different than negative self-talk but neither temptation or negative self-talk is truth. In a way, negative self-talk is temptation, because they tempt us to turn away from the truth and wallow in our sinful nature. To take the easy road and not strive for better.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says, "...bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." To me this means that we need to consciously measure our thoughts against what we know to be true about ourselves, because of what God believes about us.
It's so easy to begin to believe those lies that we're not good enough or we're not worthy enough or that only bad things happen to us.
Those are lies straight from the devil himself.
God says that we are created in his image. Genesis 1:27 God sees us as worthy enough to receive his love that he sent his own son to die on the cross for our sins so that we could then receive the ultimate gift of eternal life and life with Him. John 3:16 God also says that "greater is He that is in you then he that is in the world". 1 John 4:4
God is great. His belief in us is much greater and has way more truth then any lie that the devil could tell us.
I hope that you will go away from reading this and stand on God's promises. When you find yourself believing lies or telling yourself things that simply don't stand up against God's truth, take captive those thoughts and stand on His promises. You might have to do this over and over all day, every day. We aren't going to achieve perfection. Only God is perfect. But, He does expect us to "press towards the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14
You can find last week's Farm Wife Devotional here!