What voices do you hear when you fail?

Everyone has a voice track that plays in their mind.  It runs as a commentary on life giving us opinion about what the things we say and do.  The track has been running for so long that we accept it as part of who we are.  We listen to it, interact with it, and believe what it tells us.  There are even times when the track seems to speak louder.  Times when it seems to shout with bold authority demanding that we listen and fall to its declaration.  One of those times that it shouts the loudest is when we fail.

You know the moment.  That awareness that you’ve just done something you shouldn’t have.  That moment you realize you’ve hurt someone or you’ve done the very thing you said you would not do again.

What do you hear in that moment?

What you hear and what you say to yourself in that moment are critical.  The line of commentary that you allow to play will determine your future.  It will either rescue you or take you further as hostage to your failure and sin.  What you listen to will determine if you will you become a hostage and addict.

The typical commentary that runs in the minds of most people goes something like this:

  • What a loser.
  • You’re such an idiot.
  • You can’t do anything right.
  • Who could ever love anyone like you.
  • This is why your life is such a mess.
  • This is what will keep you from ever getting anywhere with God.
  • And you call yourself a Christian.

This commentary is common to the experience of being human. It doesn’t just happen the minds of people who don’t know God.  Christians hear these voices too! To make matters worse, many think these voices are from God.  They assume this is what He is saying to them.  So they cower in fear, guilt, shame, and a determination to do better only to find themselves failing again and again and again.  The voice they think that should free them only leads them to greater pain, inability, weakness, and failure.

These are not the voice patterns of God!

No matter what you’ve been told, these are not the voice inflections, thoughts, and intentions of God to you.  Jesus expressed the heart of God to man and made it clear what His intentions were toward man:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.  Luke 4:18-19

This is the tone of voice of God.  He speaks with passion, compassion, desire to rescue, and shouts of love favor!  Jesus demonstrated the reality of God’s heart when He endured the suffering of the cross.  He showed the depth of His love as He became the One to take upon Himself the guilt, condemnation, and weight of our failures.  He allowed Himself to take the direct hit of the voices of that accuse and destroy.  He absorbed them all.  And He did it so that we could be free from them.  With great confidence the apostle Paul would say that as a result of what Jesus did:

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus  Romans 8:1

The penalty, punishment, weight, and guilt are gone.  We no longer have to listen to the voices!

This doesn’t mean that the voices stop.  They have played for so long in our minds, that it is often difficult to not listen to them.  What has happened however is that a new voice track has begun to play.  This track is completely different than anything we have ever heard before.  It is the opposite of the old voice track.  This track is the voice of God.  When we accept what Jesus did on the cross personally and intimately into our hearts this new voice track speaks over us.  And like the other voice track it speaks at times more loudly than others.  It speaks out when we fail.  But what it says is completely different than the old track.

But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more  Romans 5:20

This new voice track speaks with the tone of grace.  When you fail it now sounds like this:

  • I love you.
  • I have already forgiven that sin.
  • I have already made you righteous.
  • I have accepted you and called you My own.
  • There is no blame and fault against you.
  • Rest in the peace, love, and joy I have for you.

Wow.  This is the new voice line that speaks to us from within us, where God is!  He has cleansed, freed, and released us from our guilt.  To those who will hear and accept His Words there is life!  To those who continue to think He speaks with heavy condemnation, guilt, and demands to toe the line, there is only more discouragement and determination to do better.

With great humility and gratefulness hear the new voice track of your heart.  You are free!  You are loved!  You are forgiven!  You are Mine!


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