Have you ever found yourself in a public place, in the grocery store, or at a coffee shop, irritated by the incessant ratatat of a blabbermouth?
Perhaps you’re in a bad mood, or needing space to get through some issue, and decided to go out to cool yourself in the mall. Overcome with hunger, you beelined to your favorite ramen shop, found an empty spot, and wait for the menu.
A few seconds in and you hear this loudmouth woman, seated at the adjacent table, going ra ra ra over nonsensical stuff. Sigh!
You’ve only asked for a few minutes of silence to think things through, but instead, you got caught in a whirlwind of negativity, entangled in a poisonous atmosphere of the pessimist, blaring words that weigh heavy to the hearer’s soul. You’re stuck.
Or are you?
This is an uncomfortable confession to make. I happen to be that woman. Or rather, the voice in my head happens to be that woman.
She taunts without warning, in times when you least expect her, in vulnerable moments when you need encouragement, love, and direction the most.
When a high-priority assignment drops on your plate, scheduled to be delivered in a week’s time, this voice jeers, “You don’t have what it takes to fulfill this task. Hand it over to someone else. Jeff is an expert at this, not you. You can never be as good.”
When you scream at your toddler, tired and exhausted for juggling multiple responsibilities at once, this voice chides, “You’re a bad parent!”
When you missed your goals: the business gone awry, denied a position in a company, or made wrong financial decisions with negative repercussions, this voice criticizes, “See, I told you so. What makes you think you can do this? What a shame!”
When you did or said something you’re not supposed to, this voice sneers, “You’re a sinner, deserving of hell.”
Deep down, you long for hope, but instead, the voice of accusation furnishes you with despairs.
How do you normally respond?
Do you cover the ears of your mind to shut her up? Ignore her? Or acquiescingly affirm the disparagements as truth?
Honestly, you don’t have to put up with this. Yes, you read that right! You don’t have to live with this derogatory voice in your head for the rest of your life. It’s unnecessary to sit there and endure the diatribes of this denigrate woman. You can shut her up by looking for another establishment to feed your famished soul.
Romans 8:1 says,
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.(ESV)
In and of ourselves, we couldn’t shut her up by our own diminutive devices, but the cross can.
When the fall happened at the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve’s disobedience opened the door for sin and death to come in. Judgment came in. Everyone is born under this curse due to our first parents’ rebellion. The good news is, Jesus, through His once and for all sacrifice at the cross, reversed the cursed.
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience, many will be made righteous.~Romans 5:19 NKJV
The only prerequisite is for you to acknowledge where you are and believe what the Lord Jesus has done for you.
“Yes, I’ve sinned. I’m a sinner. But Christ has already been judged in my place so I don’t have to. I will receive Jesus’ pardon for my sins and live life anew.”
“Yes, I’ve failed as a parent. But I will continuously look to God’s mercies, applying them to my failures. I will lean on grace as I parent my children.”
Yes, I’ll never be enough. But Christ is enough.”
Believe Jesus’ sacrifice for you, receive His forgiveness. Then your spirit can be at rest. You walk out completely free, unburdened.
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