“What makes you think you can do this?”
“You will never be good enough to succeed at this.”
“She is so much better at this.”
We all hear those voices that plant doubt. Some of the voices come from those who are just being funny or sarcastic. Some may even come from those love us. Most, though, come from the enemy, planted in our minds to keep us from living out the purpose God has given us. No matter where the voices come from they are used by the enemy.
And it is incredibly easy to believe those voices. They may be whispers, but they are loud.
“The voices that whisper to us are telling lies. They have to whisper because they have no confidence.” – Stephen Brewster
Why do those voices have no confidence?
They are not Elohim. Those voices are not the voice of the Creator. They are not spoken from the Voice who calls even the stars by name.
“He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” Psalms 147:4
They are not Yahweh Yireh. They are not the voice of the One who cares for even the flowers in the fields. They are not the voice of our provider.
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith?” – Matthew 6:28-30
They are not the voice of Yahweh Ropha. They are not the voice of the One who heals.
‘For I will restore you to health And I will heal you of your wounds,’ declares the LORD, – Jeremiah 30:17a
I’m learning (well at least most of the time) to stop those voices that pepper my thoughts with lies. It takes time to train your mind to recognize the lies of the enemy when they begin. But when you train your mind to recognize the lies, those voices will retreat. When the enemy sends a voice telling you that you are not good enough, push it back with truth. Take captive those thoughts that seek to destroy your confidence in the One who made you.
Your Creator will not give you words of despair. He will only give you words of life. He will only give words that lead you to the purpose for which He has created you.
What lies are you struggling not to believe?