The voices haunt me sometimes. Oh no, not that kind of voices. Voices that mock me, reminding me that I am a mess, an idiot, worthless. Anyone else struggle with the voices?
When you hear them day after day, it wears on your soul. Many of them originated from people near and dear to me in the past, speaking carelessly and harshly. Be oh so careful of the words that you speak! They truly hold life and death! Others come from my own self.
Have you been damaged by hurtful, perhaps even verbally and emotionally abusive people? Do you hear the voices telling you the lies — yes, they ARE lies — that you are of less value than others? Did you know that those lies are from the pits of hell itself?
Those voices are really, truly lies. Those are not facts about you or me. And they certainly are not matching up with what God says about us in His word!
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them…
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” ~ Genesis 1:27, 31
God created you and me in His own image. He fashioned us in His likeness, to be just like Him. When we think we are junk, we are calling God junk! God didn’t make junk. He made everything perfect, with a purpose and a plan.
God looked at everything He made, and indeed it was “very good”. The Hebrew words used here are m@’od towb, meaning “exceedingly, much, abundance, muchness” “good, pleasant, agreeable, glad, good understanding, right, excellent, of benefit”. It was exceedingly abundant muchness of goodness, excellence, and benefit. YOU and I are exceedingly abundant muchness of goodness, excellence, and benefit!
Now, most of us know that after God created everything good and perfect and right, Satan came along and tempted Adam and Eve, and they willingly chose to rebel against God. Sin and death entered the picture and separated us from a relationship with God (Romans 3:23, 6:23) UNTIL Jesus came along, defeated Satan and death on the cross, paid the death penalty for the whole world’s sin — for all of history’s sin — and made a way for us to once again be restored to a right relationship with God the Creator (John 3:16) and have the hope and promise of eternal life with Him (John 14:1-3).
While the Bible tells us that sin caused sickness, death, and wickedness to affect Creation, it doesn’t say that what God created became any less exceedingly abundant muchness of goodness, excellence, and benefit. You see, we were created from the beginning with a free will, to follow or walk away, to believe or scoff, to love or hate, to embrace or reject. God knew many would not choose to have a relationship with Him. Yet He declared everything that He had made exceedingly abundant muchness of goodness, excellence, and benefit.
God doesn’t think WE are awful and wicked. He thinks our SIN is awful and wicked. And God cannot tolerate sin. He is perfect, just, righteous, and holy. Apart from Jesus, we are stained by our imperfection and unjust, unrighteous, and unholy. But when we are redeemed by God’s grace — unearned, undeserved mercy and love and forgiveness and kindness — through faith in Jesus, we are washed whiter than snow (Psalm 51:7), clothed in robes of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10; Revelation 7:9), and stand clean, justified (Romans 3:24, 5:1, 9), and sanctified (1 Corinthians 6:1, 11; Hebrews 10:10) before God.
So listen closely, the next time the voices pipe up. Are the words pointing you to an area of sin, perhaps showing you something you need to work on, with God’s help? Then those are from the Holy Spirit, teaching and prodding and encouraging us in our walk with God. But if the words are shaming, degrading, harsh, deadly, and hopeless, they are not from God. Catch that voice, stop it with prayer, and replace it with the words of life and hope God gives us from His Word.
~ I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
~ I am not a mistake. From the moment I was conceived, God fashioned me, made plans for me, and created me with purpose. (Psalm 139:15-18)
~ I am loved. (Jeremiah 31:3; John 3:16, 15:9; Romans 5:8; 1 John 3:1, 4:7-11)
~ I have hope. (Romans 5; 15:4, 13; Colossians 1:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:8; Titus 1:2, 2:13, 3:7)
~ I am valued. (Matthew 18:11-14; Luke 15:10)
~ I am protected. (Psalm 19:11)
~ I have a great source of joy. (John 15:11, 16:22, 24; 1 John 1:4)
Look through God’s Word and find your own truths to replace the lies. And remember:
“knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.” ~ 1 Peter 1:18-21
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;” ~ 1 Peter 3:15
Pray. Be ready to give a defense to everyone, including yourself and those voices. Study God’s Word, so that you can know the TRUTH and give the reason for the hope that is in you!
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free…
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.’ ” ~ John 8:31-32, 36