I recently wrote a post about recognizing the chatterbox and the lies we allow to play over and over in our head. If you haven’t already, go back and read it here. It talks about how we recognize the chatter and the power it can have over us.
Today I want to share a few things I learned about how we actually silence the chatter. Actively working to know the truth of our identity in Christ is so important and key to recognizing the lies of the enemy. In fact, being intentional about not giving into these lies is an act of obedience to the Lord. Here are three ideas that have motivated me toward this obedience. I hope they do the same for you.
1. We silence the chatterbox by shifting our perspective. We must be intentional about developing a heavenly, eternal perspective that is different from the one we innately develop when we assimilate with our culture. One practice that easily helps us shape our perspective is being thankful. Gratitude brings us into, and makes us aware of, God’s presence. It helps us see the blessings He’s given us and the unique ways He is at work in our lives. In Crashing the Chatterbox Steve Furtick says, “Nothing will bring us into a consciousness of God’s presence more quickly and deeply than praising Him and giving thanks to Him.” A practical step toward living a grateful life is keeping a “thankful journal”. This is simply a place where you write down every little thing you are thankful for as you notice them. The more you do this the more natural thankfulness will become.
2. Condemnation is different from conviction. What often starts as conviction can easily turn into condemnation when we hold onto the sins we’ve committed. When we don’t accept the forgiveness God has given us, when we don’t just let it go, we begin to condemn ourselves for our sin. Furtick says, “Condemnation reminds us of our wrongs by showing us our shame, but the Spirit convicts us of our sin by reminding us of our righteousness in Christ.” Let’s rest in that truth. God has no part in shame. Shame is coming straight from the chatterbox. Don’t let it win.
3. Christ died so that we would have freedom from the chatter. Sit and think about that for a moment. Jesus died. He gave up His life so that we could have our. Every time we give into the chatter we’re essentially trying to give God His freedom back. We’re basically saying, “Here you go, take this joy, peace and freedom. Worry, fear and my own sense of control are better.” How ridiculous is that! I just can’t stop thinking about how much we must hurt our savior every time we give up the freedom that He so freely gives. This idea should really motivate us toward working hard to stomp out the voice of the chatterbox.
Remember that God is for you. He is fighting for you and with Him we can win this war against the chatterbox. Rest in that truth and pray for wisdom to recognize the next time the chatterbox starts talking.