Some people call them “head trash.” We call them “lies.” Whatever you call them, they’re the little memos that enter your brain uninvited and keep chanting depressing messages at you. They are like an old-fashioned record with a bad scratch.
“No matter what I do, my spouse is never pleased with me.”
“Our financial situation will never get better.”
“I’ll never lose enough weight for him to think I’m pretty again.”
“I try to share my heart, but he/she never listens.”
“He/she doesn’t understand me.”
Have you given up hope?
Did you notice how many times the word “never” was used? That’s part of the problem. You’ve given up hope that your situation will ever change. If you knew the time pressure or the financial burden or the difficult situation would be over within a certain time frame, you’d probably buck up and keep trying. But the problem seems never-ending and the message keeps playing and you give up.
You get bogged down. No change or progress leads to a lack of trust and an assumption that God doesn’t care about you anymore. It seems logical that you must take the situation into your own hands. And then you start making stupid decisions:
“If I find someone else it will be better.”
“I might as well buy what we need and then we’ll declare bankruptcy.”
“Since I can’t lose the weight, I think I’ll have another milkshake.”
“Trying to communicate with a brick wall hurts too much. Why try?”
I’m sure there are a million more lies that rampage through your head, but if the title said, “1 Million Heart Messages,” you wouldn’t still be reading.
God has something to say to you.
“I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13 NIV)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NIV)
“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (Ephesians 6:16 NIV)
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (I Thessalonians 5:16 NIV)
What are the lies the devil has convinced you of? What is the bill of goods he’s sold you so you’ll stop trying—and trusting? What is the “head trash” you need to counter with God’s Word?