Recognizing Voices of Deception

This may sound familiar to some of you and maybe to others it is a concept you haven’t considered.  The other day I was listening to Casting Crowns “Voice of Truth” and it really hit me that I am that person. I am that person who is torn by all these voices in my head telling me things that don’t align with Christ or Scripture and sometimes it is really hard to let the Voice of Truth win out. And if I’m honest it doesn’t always win. Those voices of deceit will come out in my words or my actions. Take a listen to the song to get a better understanding of what I am referring to.

Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns

I heard this song in a completely new light the other day and it has become in ways my theme song over the last month. Life is tough. Challenges come our way often and how we respond in those challenges speaks volumes about our hearts and our relationships with the Lord. The day I listened to this song I was hurting deeply. I wanted to lash out and declare that I was not going to stand for the pain any longer. I wasn’t going to endure what I was going thru because I have had enough. But in the moment of listening to this song, the Lord reminded me that how I was feeling did not line up with what scripture says. Not that I wasnt justified in my anger but as a wise friend pointed out, it’s not the anger that is the problem it is what we choose to do with it. Are we going to give it to the Lord or are we going to sin in our anger? I wanted to sin in my anger. I truly did but Christ tells us to forgive not seven times but seventy times seven times( or always). But that voice in my head said “You deserve better than this. You deserve to be respected. You deserve to be a priority above all else” But in truth, what I deserve is death for my own sins. However, the Lord showed his mercy and grace to me and has forgiven me more times than I can even count and that is how I should respond to those in my life that hurt me.

I’m sure you are thinking this seems pretty vague so let me point out, at least for me, what some of these voices of deception sound like. “You are not good enough. You will never be a good enough mom because you mess up every single day. You think your children love you when all you do is yell at them. You will never win this war against your anger” Or maybe “What you have to say doesn’t matter to anyone else so why are you wasting your time” Here are some others “You suck.”, “Does the Bible really say that?”, “Having a relationship with Christ is just a boring way to live. “, “You don’t have to worry about me(satan). I don’t have the power to hurt you”, “If you can be happy, nothing else matters. All you need is that bigger house or that better car or job or even spouse.”, “Church is not important”, “You can choose to obey God anytime you want. You have all the time in the world. Jesus hasn’t come back yet so just have a little more fun”, “You are alone. No one cares about you”, “You are the only person in the world with this problem so don’t bother sharing it with anyone else. They will never understand you”. These are truly just a few voices that I think many of us here struggle with regularly and it is really tough to not believe the lies. It is even tougher sometimes to want to believe the truth because believing these lies about ourselves, satan, or God can be the easy way out.

Recognizing the Voice of Truth

I want to talk with you briefly about ways that we are able to recognize the truth and combat the lies. The biggest way to recognize the lies is to know the truth. This sounds simple but can be difficult even for Christians who have been walking with Christ for years. I am the first to admit that at times I can’t recognize truth, Gods Words,or  Scripture because I have been distant. Although the Lord has been faithful to recall those truths to my mind when I am struggling to find way through the darkness, it seems that it is much harder than it should be. Being in the Word daily is very important. We know where to go when we struggle with something. If we already know that scripture speaks to this very thing, we can locate those truths and hide those in our hearts and minds instead of lies.

So part of knowing the truth is the renewing of our minds. We need to be willing to not only read the truth but allow it to penetrate us to our deepest fibers. It is then when we are able to replace wrong thought patterns or beliefs with what Christ says to be true and accurate. I have seen a visual before that says that renewing our minds with scripture and the truth of Christ is like taking a wash rag to our brains. Sounds weird but its the truth. We can’t get the dirtiness or lies out of our minds on our own. We fail every time we try but Christ washes us from all our sins and looks at us like a treasure, a thing to be valued above all other things.

Another method that I use to recognize the lies I am believing is to talk it over with people who hold me accountable. We have talked about this before in Being Authentic In A World of “I’m Fine” but you have to find people in your life who will keep you in line. People who you trust to share your deepest fears and secrets to and that will not use them against you. Instead they will use what they know about you to whip you in line with the truth of Christ. They point out discrepancies in your way of thinking and the contradictions to scripture. For me this is a crucial part. If I am struggling with something about my husband, he is not necessarily the best one to help me point out my errors. If I don’t talk my feelings over with my accountability partner, I am likely to say things that will not honor God and may disrespect or hurt my husband in the process. I have people who help me recognize the thoughts of deceit and help me correct them before I speak them out to who they are intended for. My husband is that person for me in most areas of my life because we are one and he is my greatest partner, friend, and confidant. Also, when I am willing to share with the Lord out loud how he already knows I am feeling on the inside he can calm me and point me back to His truth, His sovereignty and His supremeness.

Which leads me to prayer. Praying to God for clarity, understanding, and discernment are excellent ways to recognize the voices of deceit. Again, the Lord knows already what is in my heart and mind so being willing to be authentic with Him verbally and saying things like “I am really just ticked off right now” allows Him to be able to move so deeply in our hearts.

I want to leave you as always with a challenge to start recognizing the voices of deceit in your own life. Recognize them and start putting these tools into practice so that Voices of Truth can win out more often than the voices of deceit and so that we can err on the side of grace with those in our lives. I also want to share my second example of this concept in song. I have a vast love of music  and listen to all kinds. Those of you who know me at all know I have a love for hip hop music and Andy Mineo is my favorite hip hop artist that speaks truth. Tug of War by Andy Mineo is another song that talks about that inner struggle we have, that constant pull in the direction of truth and of lies. I hope you will take the time to listen to this one as well. And as Casting Crowns stated, remember that no matter what you are going thru remember that the Lord intends to use it for his glory. We can’t always see every step but the next is out of the dark. (That is totally a line from Tug of War). 🙂