Panic overwhelms me. My body wakes up from its slumber. I know that this is just the beginning of it…….
(Hitting the snooze button, I catch 5 more minutes of much needed sleep.)
Have you ever felt like this? I swear that I have this reaction EVERYDAY when my alarm clock on my iPhone starts blaring. The alarm gives me the same reaction I would get if an alarm went off warning us that Three Mile Island was ready to implode. The day is waiting for me.
Before I even climb out of bed, the voices begin.
You know the voices that I am talking about. Everyone encounters them whether they admit it or not. The voices are not telling you to do crazy things or harm yourself or others. These voices are subtle voices. You can barely hear them.
“Remember how much work you have to do today…...before you get to work.”
“Just give up. Do whatever you want. Be happy. Life is all about you.”
“Where is God? Oh, that’s right. He abandoned you!” (refer to my last blog post on this issue)
Have you heard these voices? They rush in on us on a daily basis but it usually seems to be first thing in the morning and right before we go to sleep at night. The voices are soft but they carry a powerful message. These voices are powerful because they are a crucial part of the larger story that we live in.
We often forget that in this life, people make good and bad choices. People are swayed to do good or evil. People can either bless others and set them free or we can curse them and hold them in bondage with our words and actions. The condition of our hearts and what we put into our hearts (and who we allow into our hearts) is key to whether we bless or curse others. Now….back to the voices we entertain……
The voices that you are hear are from the Enemy (Satan). You will not hear the mention of Satan much these days in the Church or in Christian-themed discussions. People are afraid to talk about Satan (aka the Prince of Darkness) because they think not talking about him will make him disappear. This is a foolish move on our part. The reality is that we live in a world of good versus evil. The voices of doubt and fear that we hear on a daily basis; it is not from God. The reason these voices rush in particularly at the beginning and the end of our days is because this is when our soul is most vulnerable. We are seeking purpose for the day (morning) or validation for how we handled our day (bedtime) and the Enemy pounces on that opportunity.
The voices that you hear telling you that you are worthless, incapable of everyday living, and to do whatever you want and that life is all about you = not from God. You do have worth and that comes from knowing your purpose in life. You are capable of conquering everyday living because God can give you peace that this world cannot possibly grant you. And…..this whole movement of “I do what I want and life is all about me and just my happiness”; this movement is crap. Life is not all about YOU. We are called to live in community. Unless you are the Unabomber and live in a shack in the woods, you will have to deal with other people’s crap. Lifewise, other people will have to learn to live with you too. Happiness is not all about feelings. It is about peace in God and in community with others.
This is where the Truth comes into play.
The Truth is God’s Word which became incarnate in Jesus. After Jesus died, we were given the power of the Holy Spirit to provide us with discernment and wisdom. The Holy Spirit illuminates situations with truth and provides light into darkness. When you feel doubt, question your feelings, or are seeking validation from every source possible (including social media), ask these couple of questions…..
1. Is it true? Remember, just because we feel a certain way does not mean it is true. There is a difference between perception versus reality. We perceive things to be a certain way and then we need to dig deeper for the truth. When the Enemy brings the heat, we must ask…..is it true? When people talk about you…...is it true?
2. Where am I seeking validation? It is vital to ask where you are seeking validation. Of course, if you post stuff on Facebook, people do not know the whole story because you cannot post the whole story on social media. Don’t seek validation on social media. Find a trusted friend or spiritual mentor who will push you to seek truth. This person should have your best interests at heart. Don’t get wisdom from immature people or people who will always agree with you.
3. What is the source of my doubt? The feeling of doubt usually points to other issues in our hearts and minds. Doubt may come from feeling unsure about another situation that is causing doubt in today’s situation. Pray that God would show you the uncertainty you have and then seek ways to address this uncertainity.