We all know that little voice deep inside our head. Sometimes, it is our conscience, our internal moral compass. It reminds us of the difference between right and wrong. Other times, it is our conviction when we sin. It moves us to seek forgiveness and humility when we know we are wrong.
But occasionally, we hear a different voice. A voice that can be more than critical, a voice of defeat. It can move beyond the internal struggle of conviction and into psychologically dangerous territory. It’s the voice that tells us we’re unworthy, unloved, and unwanted. It reminds us of our failures, of our deepest shames, and it can be unrelenting in its repetition.
Too often, we are our own biggest critic. We don’t even realize we feed that inner voice when we listen to it. Some of us even broadcast it through the speaker of our mouths, giving it the power of influence. It redefines our perceptions of ourselves, and the way others see us. As a result, it becomes ingrained into our very identities and we fall into the trap of negative thinking.
I will never be loved.
I will never be good enough.
I will never be successful.
I will never be…
In Philippians 4:8, we are reminded to think of things that are excellent and praiseworthy. In Romans 12:2, we are told “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-His good, pleasing, and perfect will.”
In Ephesians chapter 4, verses 22-32, we are given specific instructions for reinforcing positive self-thinking before the chapters on Spiritual warfare and how to use the armor of God. The Bible makes it very clear that positive mental health is vital when it comes to protecting ourselves against spiritual warfare because the enemy’s game is psychological. He messes with our heads because our hearts are already spoken for.The enemy messes with our heads because our hearts are already spoken for. @jennifer_cotney Click To Tweet
God is not Satan’s enemy, we are. Satan has already been judged and banished from the Kingdom to an eternal existence of nothing. As a result, he wants us to believe we can also be excluded, our Salvation has boundaries, and our rejections are as eternal as his are. We tend to forget our enemy is limited in the tricks he pulls against us, and our God is unlimited in His Mercy. The enemy tells us we are failures, but Jesus gives us Victory, and reinforces this Victory through scripture.
1 John 5:4-5 “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.”
Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Weapons Against Our Enemy
While God’s Word is the most powerful weapon, we have other weapons in our arsenal against psychological warfare. Before his judgement and the fall from heaven, Satan was known as the minister of music (Ezekiel 28:13 and Isaiah 14:11-14). One of the most powerful ways to overcome the enemy’s lies is with songs of praise and worship. King David understood music as a powerful weapon, which is evident in Psalm 28:7-8. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him and I am helped. Therefore, my heart exalts, and with my song I shall thank Him.” Joshua understood it too, and stood witness to the walls of Jericho collapsing at a single note from the priests’ trumpets. (Joshua 6). And music is still a powerful weapon against psychological warfare today.
When a Song Becomes a Weapon
You Say is the first single from the new album, Look Up Child by Lauren Daigle. The lyrics describe this internal psychological battle against the enemy’s lies and remind us that God has the final say. I believe it confirms the enemy’s game is psychological by acknowledging the repetitive voice of defeat we all hear ringing inside of us.
I love the way the song retracts the enemy’s power and returns it back to Jesus with the simplicity of Truth. The enemy says we are failures, that we are nothings unworthy to be loved. He makes us believe it because he knows all too well what it feels like to be separated from the love of God. In his jealousy, he wants us to feel that we, too, have been rejected.
What God Says About Us
Yet God has the final say.
He says we are loved.
He says we are worthy.
He says we are redeemed.
He says we are good enough.
No wonder our enemy is so jealous.
“But, because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead with transgressions, it is by Grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5.
Do you have a favorite song that makes you feel empowered? How do you overcome the inner voice of defeat? I would love to hear your story in the comments below.
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Jennifer Cotney, Contributing Writer
Jennifer Cotney is a graduate of Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia and lives in New Orleans with her family. She works as a freelance production technician in the concert industry. With a heart for rescue, animal and human, she is often found volunteering at a local animal shelter or serving as the Outreach Coordinator for Faith Movers Church, New Orleans.