I recently finished the book, Crashing the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick. It’s a great book with a lot of powerful insights on hearing God’s voice above all others. I definitely recommend it.
The chatterbox is essentially the voice inside our head and our heart that tells us lies about who we are and what we’re worth. The chatter might sound like this, “I’m never going to be good enough” or “I’ve done it now, God can never forgive this sin”. Ultimately, this chatter is keeping us from recognizing our full potential in Christ and the calling he has on our lives.
As I read this book I would start a chapter believing that I couldn’t really relate, that I didn’t struggle with “that” problem. However, upon reflection God began to reveal the true reality. The truth is that we are all constantly at war with the enemy and the lies he’s feeding us. The chatterbox may look different for each of us, but it exists for all of us.
My first challenge was to simply recognize the chatter in my life and stop living in denial. Here’s what I learned.
We will continue to let chatter rule our lives and steal our joy until we know Jesus well enough to hear His voice. The truth is, I began this book thinking that I didn’t really struggle with this so-called “chatterbox”, but in reality I simply didn’t recognize it’s voice.
There are so many lies that we believe about this life and about ourselves but we live as if they are truth. In order to hear and recognize God’s still, small voice we must first know His truth by studying scripture. It’s through His word that we learn about His character, and when we truly know His character we will be able to distinguish His truth from all of the noise.
Also, we absolutely must be persistent in our relationship with Christ and that persistence must include moments of stillness and quiet. We can’t know Him if we never stop long enough to hear Him. To live a significant life we must be able to detect deception and we will never be able to do that without truly knowing him. A life of significance must always start in stillness, with ears open, at His feet.
Once I began to recognize the chatter for what it is I became overwhelmed with how often I continue to give into it. But what I do know is this, every time the chatterbox is rolling, God will be faithful to keep talking. He’s not going to leave us, not ever! There’s so much freedom in that truth! He will never give up on us. He will never give us over to the voices in our heads.
As we fight the chatterbox, let’s rest in this truth. “Being confident of this that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
He’s not going to leave us to fight this battle on our own and He is bigger than any lie the enemy tells us. He is always faithful.
What’s the chatterbox saying to you right now? What lies are you believing? I’m praying for you friends, that you have the confidence and strength to fight back.