“If she really loved me, she wouldn’t…”
“I’m not worth…”
“No one cares. I’m alone in this.”
Often people have messages or tapes repeating in their mind. These messages keep people stuck. Stuck in negative thinking about themselves, their marriage, their parenting, or their job.
The first time I was aware of the tapes in my mind was after leading a small group of women in a Bible study. After the group was finished, I was beating myself up with my thoughts, “Why did I ask the question that way?” “How could I have ignored the woman who wasn’t sharing?” “I really shouldn’t be leading a group of Bible study women.” “If they knew how I spoke to my children this morning, I would be kicked out!”
Feeling discouraged, I called a godly friend and shared my thoughts with her. I’ll never forget her response. “That doesn’t sound like the voice of our Savior,” she matter of factly stated.
She was so right. We have a God of truth. We can see over and over in the Bible how the enemy uses lies to keep us stuck believing things will never change and we are not valuable. He is the master of lies. He even uses a little bit of truth and twists it so it sounds more believable.
Where do we go to hear the voice of truth? “For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does” (Psalm 33:4).
The question to be asking when the tapes start playing is, “What does the Bible say about…?”
Truth from God’s Word
- “Who does the Bible say that I am?” I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
- “What is true in my marriage today?” I can do everything through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
- “What is true about me as a parent?” Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion. Philippians 1:6
Separate out the truth from the lies or tapes that are keeping you stuck. Listen to voice of truth today. Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Philippians 4:8).
What are the verses that remind you of what is true? Listen to the voice of you Savior! He loves you and has good things for you. You are not alone!
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Wife to Peter
Mom of three
1 Corinthians 13 Team Member
Associate Director of 10 Great Dates