Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Devil's been talkin'

My favorite band, NEEDTOBREATHE, has recently been singing a new song called "Devil's been talkin", and since I first heard it, that phrase has been a theme in my life, serving as a reminder.

I remember when I first began really having a relationship with God. I was overwhelmed by His grace, and felt like all the things I had done wrong were completely washed away. And they were. But somewhere in between then and now, as God began to show me the deeper issues of my heart so I could deal with them and move closer to being like Him, I began to lose sight of grace. Instead of seeing an opportunity for more healing and transformation, I began to see through eyes of condemnation and shame. Because I keep sinning and messing up, it feels worse because I "shouldn't" be that way. "Shouldn't" I be more like Jesus?

This morning, God spoke to my heart. He showed me that the things He's showing me now about my flaws and character issues are things I couldn't handle or understand when I first came to Him for forgiveness. Rather, He is peeling off the layers of who I've been so that He can show me how to be more like Him. So instead of kicking myself for being such a "terrible" person, I just need to bring those areas to Him so He can forgive and show me where to go from here. How often I choose to kick myself instead! It says in Romans 8:1-2 "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death." But oh how the Devil would like us to live in condemnation! He talks and talks and talks, showing us our sin all while trying to convince us that we should know better and be better. That because we are such horrible sinners parading around as Christians, we don't have the right to live in grace. And if we agree, we become weighted by shame and unable to move in a world where we know the truth but don't live in it.

The truth---Christ has set me FREE! Yes, I still mess up, and yes, I have a long way to go to become more like Jesus...but because of His sacrifice, I am free. No condemnation. No kicking myself. Pretty amazing. I just need to live in the truth and stop listening to that ol' Devil!


Hannah Collins said...

AHA, LOVE that song!!! Thank you for posting this, Christina. Tonight at our church, we were focused all on God's grace to us and His plan for our lives, and your message here fits right in, and is so encouraging! Thank you SO much!
And thanks for commenting on my blog, it's great hearing from you! I hope to see more in the future! :D

Anonymous said...

About a year ago now, laid out on the floor praying feeling very much the same as you did, God told me to listen to this song. An about 1 minuet into it i kept hearing in my head "we are co heirs wit Christ". A year later still struggling with exactly what you are talking about its is so awesome to see that the Holy Spirit was working in that song and in the same verse for us and i am sure many more. Thanks so very much for sharing may many of us hear and remember the devil may be talking, But Christ has spoken.

Anonymous said...

I am teaching about lies young woman believe and the truth that sets them free to middle school girls in my church tomorrow. I chose Devil's been talking but I had a hard time trying to find the exact meaning of the song. Thank you. I understand now!!