Saturday, March 17, 2012

Voices

I was talking with a woman recently who was struggling.  Struggling with voices.  I know it may sound strange, but we all struggle in this area, whether we realize it or not. 

She had done something wrong.  She knew it was wrong and had repented to the Lord, and to the other person to whom the offense was against.  But even though repentance had occurred, she still struggled with feeling condemned.  Voices kept whispering to her, "I am such a bad example of a christian", "I should have known better",  "I should be happy", etc, etc. 

We read, beginning in 2 Samuel 11, about King David taking Uriah's wife Bathsheba to lie with her.  Bathsheba became pregnant and now David knew he had to cover up his mistake, so he had Uriah killed.  Later on down the line the Lord sent the prophet Nathan to David to tell him a story: 

"There were two men in a city. One man was rich, but the other was poor.  The rich man had very many sheep and cattle.  But the poor man had nothing except one little female lamb he had bought. The poor man fed the lamb. It grew up with him and his children. It shared his food and drank from his cup. It slept in his arms. The lamb was like a daughter to him.  Then a traveler stopped to visit the rich man. The rich man wanted to give food to the traveler. But he didn't want to take one of his own sheep or cattle to feed the traveler. Instead, he took the lamb from the poor man. The rich man killed the lamb and cooked it for his visitor."  David became very angry at the rich man. He said to Nathan, "As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this should die!  He must pay for the lamb four times for doing such a thing. He had no mercy!  Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 'I appointed you king of Israel. I saved you from Saul.  I gave you his kingdom and his wives. And I made you king of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you even more.  So why did you ignore the Lord's command? Why did you do what he says is wrong? You killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites! And you took his wife to become your wife!"  (2 Samuel 12:1-9)

I can only imagine how David must have felt.  I bet those same thoughts went through his mind, "what a bad example of a christian I am."  "I should have known better!"  But, did he listen to those voices and agree with them?  What did he do?  He immediately replied to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord."  We read that David cried out to God, "create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me."  Notice that David was convicted by God, but he did not allow himself to be condemned by the voices that come from the devil!  And God says, "I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart."  (Acts 13:22)  Brethren, always remember, condemnation always drives us away from the cross.  Conviction draws us to it!

The bible says that the devil is the "father of lies."  Did you know that when he speaks to us that he always speaks in the first person?  Instead of saying, "You should have known better", he says, "I should have known better."  According to Genesis 3:1 "the serpent (devil) is more subtle than any other beast of the field."  He is smart enough to know that if he were to speak to us using "you" instead of "I" that we would be much more apt to recognize him.  So he subtly uses "I" and makes us think that it is our own thoughts and feelings telling us those things.  "I am such a bad example of a christian."

During my quiet time with the Lord today, I was praying for this woman and about these struggles she is battling.  The Lord brought to my mind the passage from John 10:2-5, "But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.  And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.  And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers."  The scripture doesn't say they can't follow, it says they just simply wont!

Brethren, that is the key that will win the war of the voices!  We hear the Lord's voice and we hear the devil's voice.  But we must choose to follow the Lord (his voice and his written word) and refuse to listen to the father of lies.  We must flee from him.  James 4:7 says, "resist the devil and he will flee from you." 

Just imagine for a moment the devil fleeing from you.  Wow!  But the truth is we do have that power within us, by the Holy Spirit of God, to put the devil on the run!  If we listen only to the voice of the Lord and no other voices, the father of lies will flee from us! 

Let us seek the Lord to take our thoughts into captivity (2 Cor 10:5) and we will be free!

2 comments:

  1. This is really good! I have a devotional that has a devotion that talks about the story of david. my devotion is for girls that are trying to become the woman God wasnts them to be, and they always bring bible stories back to the girls who are reading it! Its really good, I can email it to you if you want!

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    1. Thanks for your comments Hannah. I would love to read the devotional you mentioned! ♥

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