Mark Affleck

The Voice Villain Simply Turned Up His Amp

October 29, 2017
Spiritual Growth

Early in my faith walk I used to think that keeping the “right things” in my mind would chase the negative voices away. I thought it was possible ON MY OWN. I was wrong. Really wrong.

Looking back on it now, it’s clear that I was trying to make up for the multitude of “un-Christian” thoughts racing around my head and deal with the guilt they produced.
I had no time for parades or zoos or enjoying a peaceful meadow kissed by the soft wind of tranquility. I had no time for church. I had no time for prayer.
I was playing boss and trying furiously to manage the frightening voices pinging in my head…and I lost. Satan’s Voice Villain simply turned up his amp and drowned out any and all attempts I made to defeat my foe.
The sad thing is I never thought about asking God to turn down that amplifier and stop the cacophony of lies immediately, real time in that moment before they took up residence in my life.
I’m glad to know now that he will indeed intervene on our behalf. But we must ask!
To that end, I remember that there is no way I can quiet Satan’s voice on my own. Then I remind myself that he can. Finally, I ask God to give me foresight and strength to see the voices coming and give the challenge to him.
“Look straight ahead with honest confidence, do not hang your head in shame.” Proverbs 4:25
Do you ask God to turn off the amplifier that is powering Satan’s nefarious whispers in your ear? Why not try it the next time you hear the opening act play its first set?

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