Voice: Why are you writing a blog?
Me: Because I know people struggle with their relationship with God and I want to help.
Voice: Yeah, I get that. But why you? What makes you think you can write? I mean, who would want to read what you have to say?
Me: Well, I’ve gotten some positive feedback on the early posts I wrote.
Voice: Yeah, and those are your friends. People who would feel obligated to read your stuff. They would naturally tell you what you want to hear. Would anybody REALLY want to hear from you?
Me: I have written books and they were received well.
Voice: But those were books for students. You’re in the big leagues now. You’re writing for adults. You know, people who can actually tell the difference between excellence and crap. They have the choice to read ANYONE. Given the choice between you and them, who would want to listen to you?
Voice: You know them. Real writers. Women whose faces are in bookstore windows and whose names stay at the top of best-seller lists. Them. You know you’re a nobody, right? You don’t have a huge following on Twitter. You don’t have a thousand people reading your blog. You don’t even have a thousand people who like you on Facebook. You. Are. Nobody.
Me: You’re right.
And for the past two months, this blog has remained stagnant.
It’s amazing how powerful the voices in your head can be. I don’t think I’m alone. If you were to be honest, you’d admit that you have your own particular voice, whispering lies that if listened to for too long, will threaten to undo you, discourage you, and ultimately destroy you.
The voice is easy to recognize if you’ll listen closely. The voice sounds like this:
“She’s such a good mom. If only you could be like her.”
“You can’t teach that class.”
“How could God love you after what you’ve done?”
“Why try to study the Bible? You know you don’t understand half of it.”
You know that voice—the words of discouragement, defeat, despair. The words that say “I can’t” and “God won’t” and “you’ll never” and “nobody cares” and “you’re all alone.” Words of desolation.
When you hear words like this, you can be sure of one thing: they come straight from the pit of hell. The enemy has been whispering those words since Genesis (“Did God really say….”) and he will continue to spout them until he is finally vanquished in the Revelation days.
Until then, remember this one thing:
Don’t believe everything you hear—especially in your thoughts.
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5).
What negative voice do you hear in your head?