Who Said That? Where the Voices Inside your Head are Coming From!
Sometimes the voices we hear inside our heads can be quite confusing. They sound legitimate and they appear to be based on facts. But, there are times when thoughts are very disturbing and cause confusion and chaos for us. These voices may prompt us to become fearful. They may beat us down stirring depression and hopelessness. Other times, they instigate bad decisions or guide us down paths we will soon regret. Friends, we can’t allow thoughts to toss us into the air like leaves on a windy day. We need to determine where those thoughts are coming from. Then we need to consciously decide what to do with them.
Where Inner Voices Come From
Most of us get fooled into thinking that anything we think about is true. I can remember being in grade school and believing that everything I read was true. That worked for a while until I learned enough to realize that things in writing often contradict other written things. It’s also easy to believe everything you hear is true too. Once again, critical thinking blows that idea apart too. Take the political campaigns for example; it’s not possible to believe that the same candidate is both the best and the worst person for the job at the same time!
It is equally preposterous to believe that everything we think is true. Instead, we have to run it through our “truth meter” and determine where our thoughts are coming from and whether they are believable. Thoughts generally come from one of three places: the Lord God, the spiritual enemy, Satan, or ourselves. While all of these voices have a purpose in our life, the one that matters most are the thoughts that come directly from God!Run it through the truth meter and determine where the thoughts are coming from... Click To Tweet
If you’re not in the habit of communicating with God directly, this may sound a bit odd to you. The important thing to realize is that the Bible is filled with evidence of God speaking to His people. It’s not something new and it still happens today. Sometimes God speaks through physical things, such as with Moses and the burning bush (Exodus 3: 1-4). At times he uses angels to deliver important messages, as He did with the foretelling of Jesus’ birth (Luke 1: 26-28). On other occasions, there may be visions and dreams, such as God promises in Joel 2:28. Today we have the gift of the Holy Spirit, whom God uses to speak to us (John 16:13).
In a previous blog post and podcast, I spoke of my struggles with depression. At one point, I cried out to God and asked Him to prove to me that He was real by fixing my problem. Be careful what you ask for! One week later, He spoke to me while reading a book. It was simple message, “I heard you, and everything’s going to be alright.” Immediately I physically felt weights lift off my shoulders. I hadn’t been to church in years and the next Sunday I told my husband we were going. In church I grabbed the microphone during a sharing time and announced to everyone what had happened to me. I know that was the supernatural power of God at work in me.
The first thing we have to address is whether the devil has access to our minds. The answer is yes. Once again, going to Scripture for guidance on this, we are instructed to “put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Eph. 6:11 NIV). Why would God make a point to tell us to “armor up” if there wasn’t a battle going on requiring armor?
Satan doesn’t have the same powers that God has, but his power to influence is very strong. Several years ago, our church was involved in doing dramatic presentations to illustrate points. One skit involved a woman trying to make a decision with an angel on one side and a demon on the other. Every time the women thought about doing something, both of the extra voices would chime in. In one instance, the woman saw someone she knew in the grocery store. She pondered whether she should say hello or not. The angel suggested it was a good idea and prompted her to connect. The demon fed her lies that emphasized how bad of an idea it was.
Newsflash! This type of internal spiritual battle happens all the time. The next time you’re torn between two different courses of action, realize that you may be caught in the middle of an invisible war that requires the full armor of God! For more on how to determine if something is of God or the enemy, I recommend reading this article by Roger Barrier.
Uncontrolled Self Thoughts
In addition to the spiritual forces of good and evil, there’s also the voice in our own minds to worry about. In an ideal world, we would be able to rely on our own thoughts on a regular basis. Unfortunately, like new shoes stepping in doggie doo, our minds routinely get soiled as we live life. The way we think is shaped by our experiences and our personalities.
Each one of us has a tendency to go off track with our thinking from time to time. Some of us may think we’re greater than we really are, whereas, others may struggle with a poor self-image. Going down the rabbit hole in either direction is going to steer you away from the truth.
Now that we have established that our thoughts can come from three different places, the next thing we have to do is decide what to do with them. Here’s a quick reference for you to follow.
- God – believe it wholeheartedly!
- Devil – get your battle armor ready & ignore it!
- Self – Run it through the “truth meter” and determine if any further action is needed 🙂
- Do you communicate with God as much as you would like to? If not, make sure you’re putting time aside to listen to God, not only telling Him about all your troubles.
- Have you considered that there are evil forces working against you?
- Are self-thoughts getting in the way of you hearing and following the truth?
As always, if you would like to discuss this or any of the topics I have presented, please feel free to contact me and I would be honored to help you walk through some of the questions or problems you have.
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