What Happens When You Listen To The Voice In Your Head Instead Of The Voice From God?

That’s a loaded question. In the three previous posts, we’ve been examining the premise that the devil steals souls by placing thoughts in the heads of children – suggesting they are flawed. We’ve seen that this leads to a tendency for them to believe they are subsequently unacceptable and / or unlovable to both God and other people. We then followed how that mindset was unconsciously passed down from parent to child first, (because their parents passed it down to them) and then from the public schools, government, and media.

Finally we looked at how children (like yourself) create a defense mechanism against the potential pain of rejection (for their imaginary flaws), which consists of a mental construct called ego. This ego also has a voice that the host eventually believes is their own. It begins showing up as a ‘protector,’ but then this mental blight (Dark Mind) batters its creator relentlessly until it becomes the taskmaster.

Of course God could impose His voice at any time, but that isn’t’ how He works. He allows you to exercise your free will. If you choose to listen to that voice in your head, He has no options. He will not violate His covenant. The other side of that is when ego has its way with you, you’re so busy trying to survive that you can’t hear God’s voice anyway…

If you’re trying to make sense of this, and you’re here for the first time, I strongly urge you to read those preceding posts.

Now let’s examine what your life looks like when that voice in your head is running the show:

That Dark Mind combs through every snippet of your thoughts in order to mimic you, so that you become blind to its presence as it being something distinct and separate. When you hear it, you believe it’s you thinking out loud. So you take everything it says at face value as the absolute truth.

This leads to continual confusion because we cannot look to darkness for clarity. We search for the things that make us suffer but never realize that the darkness we harbor is suffering itself.

Suffering serves no purpose because it has nothing to teach us. Most of our suffering comes from our attachment to our past, or more accurately, ego’s embellished (false) version of it – our ‘Life Story.’ In essence then, we are living the life of the upset child within us who is lonely, scared, and feeling unacceptable. Worse, we are wasting our lives trying to fix that child’s non-existent (they are in the past after all) problems.

Remember! You can’t solve problems that aren’t real.

You become a victim of a false reality where you exist as a perception of smallness, ineptness and as one who is surrounded by problems.

You act on the solutions presented to you from the voice in your head. Your actions unfortunately consist of those that justify your Life Story – making it more real and you more self-righteous, so your actions don’t impact your real world. You begin to judge others whom you feel are at the root of your problems, as well as yourself. In other words, you are joining the voice in your head, helping it punish you. Suffering results.

Suffering comes at the hands of our self-rejection, not accepting our true selves or the reality of the world around us, preferring to cling to our illusions. It’s our preferences that lead to our unhappiness; and ‘unhappy’ is where the voice in our head wants us. It keeps us distracted and compliant.

This all runs contrary to God’s plan:

My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. Pr. 1:10 NKJV

The voice in your head is a sinner of the worst kind; indeed, it was fashioned from the author of sin. But God is always waiting if you’ll meet Him halfway:

Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD! Let us lift up our hearts and hands to heaven: “We have transgressed and rebelled….” Lam. 3:40 – 42. ESV

You came near when I called you; you said, ‘Do not fear!’ You have taken up my cause, O Lord; you have redeemed my life. Lam. 3:57, 58. ESV

However, if you don’t reach out to God, how does this dark life like this look?

1. It’s a life lived in fear of false problems animated by knee-jerk reactions of self-defense.

2. It’s a life without love because no one gets a chance to meet the real you that is hidden behind the mask – that false persona you present, hoping others will accept. Thus you modify your behavior to bring pleasure to others, neglecting the things that matter most to you. Should someone fall in love with your mask, it brings no satisfaction because your primary need is to be loved for who your really are. It is no life, because your mask isn’t real.

As our lives progress beyond childhood, we encounter major events and interactions with others whom we thought that were bigger-than-life and more powerful than us. In other words, we assigned (mostly false) meanings to these experiences. It is these meanings that are the root of our problems. We attach meanings where there were none.

You avoid any event or person whom you have judged to have the potential to bring a repeat of your past sufferings. You avoid events, so you live a life void of challenges that can bring growth and you avoid people, so you get to be lonely as well.

What is that? It’s a life of mediocrity, false security and loveless-ness.

Furthermore, our obsession over our past colors our present with these false meanings, so that our now and our tomorrows become self-fulfilling prophecies of our yesterdays. What you think is what you see. *

*For as he thinks within himself, so he is. Pr. 23:7 NASB

But the life we see is not the one we want; so we live a life of resistance – choosing to resist reality and to resist taking responsibility for how our lives are turning out. We resist by distracting ourselves from life, either through entertainment, busyness or addictions.

And the Dark Mind continues its incessant demonic-based chatter in the background, never saying anything uplifting – telling you that you are incomplete unless you remove your flaws, change yourself, or acquire some physical bauble so that you can keep up with the Joneses.

Guess what? Should you be so fortunate to meet any of these goals, it will continue to come up with more ‘required’ challenges as it let’s you know that you still have not arrived…

You know you’re suffer this way when you pepper yourself with questions such as ‘Why does this happen to me?’ ‘Why am I this way?’ ‘What is wrong with my life?’ These are questions designed by the voice in your head to perpetuate your suffering.

The bottom line is that stuff happens to us in life. We (with a little Dark help) made a decision about it or about ourselves and it altered the way we felt about ourselves, others or about life itself. And our lives changed as a result.

I was not immune to this dismal cycle either. At the tender age of seven, I got into a altercation with the neighbor boy and he was getting the upper hand. My father came home at the moment the boy had me pinned to the ground. All he did was walk into the house. He thought that was the right thing to do, to teach me how to be tough. (I wouldn’t learn that until years later.)

I made a decision that he didn’t love me and it altered our relationship until the day he died. I made the further assumption that if the person I loved the most didn’t love me, I must be unlovable. My life was one of suffering for decades after that event – all due to a misunderstanding.

But it’s what we do. It’s such a unnecessary, devastating way of living. That’s why I’m dedicating this present series (from painstaking experience, research, and prayer) to everyone so that we can break free of these chains, reconnect with God, and have the lives we desire.

Whatever we did in the past we did because we were afraid. I was afraid to ask my dad if he loved me. I was afraid he’d say ‘no.”

No one deserves condemnation for being afraid; but it is our responsibility to get past our fears by invalidating their roots so that we can be free of our reactionary responses to them. We need to do this because the lies that we’ve woven around people and events are far more damaging that the people and events themselves.

You’re about to go on the hunt to spot the darkness whenever it’s present. Then we’ll learn (with God’s help) how to eliminate it.

And behold, I am with you and will keep (watch over you with care, take notice of) you wherever you may go… Gn. 28:15 AMP

Stay with me…
Goodnight and God bless.

What Did God Put In Your Head?

He put a brain in your head – a magnificently designed organ serving two major functions: 1) to initiate and oversee all of the other functions of the body, making any corrections necessary, and 2) to be your seat of reason, processing information so that you can learn (this also includes memory and emotions).

However, as we saw in our last post, The Devil May Get His Hooks In Your Children, this wonderful organ finds itself under assault by a false mental construct (ego) that you created as a child, (a false persona fabricated as a self-defense mechanism against imaginary dangers), a ‘Dark Mind’ if you will. It contaminates your brain with a jumble of lies in order to modify your mindset, by filtering your senses – resulting in altered meanings to all the incoming information your brain processes to suit its own agenda.

This Dark Mind is a personification of the man-made rules that were handed down to you in order to force you into a conformed behavior that it says will garnish love and acceptance from others. You don’t question the Dark Mind when it speaks because you believe that voice is your own. And every lie you accept as truth increases its stranglehold over you.

The result is that you think it is you who is thinking, but it is the Dark Mind. It is a distortion of your consciousness – a whirlwind of endless mental chatter that rails against the world and those who live in it and will eventually make you its prime target. It does so to keep you off balance, because it is driven by self-preservation, (which it accomplishes by controlling you) rooted in its fear that one day you might wake up and threaten its existence.

When you first created this ‘ego,’ your real mind wasn’t threatened. It was content to have this ego baby sit you while it was off solving your problems. Your brain could not recognize it for the monster it would become.

So the Dark Mind is not your real mind. It works within your mind but exists outside of it. It only exists because of your faith in its reality and in ts declared role as your ‘great protector.’ If you allow it to thrive, your true mind (your soul) goes into hibernation.

In reality, you’ve now inadvertently and unconsciously broken God’s First Commandment:

You shall have no other gods before or besides Me. Ex. 20:3 AMP

Again, this new voice in your head takes in the neutral information your brain receives, and distorts it – giving you altered feedback that the voice says is vital for your survival. You live in a continuous stream of corrupted thoughts with regards to what is real and what actions are required for survival, acceptance and love.

As I said, eventually this voice comes after you. It brainwashes you to believe what I call the ‘Big Lie,’ which says, ‘THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU.’

Here’s how that works: it tells you that you are flawed so that you begin to condemn yourself. Then it tells you that you need to hide those flaws (that you don’t really have) in order to avoid rejection. Furthermore, it tells you how to fix those ‘bad parts’ you have, by giving you tasks to perform that do not work. (Why? You can’t fix a problem that doesn’t exist!)

Thus, it keeps you running blindly on a mission with no chance of success.

Why does it do that? It wants to keep you anxiety-ridden so that you’re too frantic to manage your life, to get you to defer to it’s plans to help you survive, so it gets to call the shots. How does that manifest in your life? It shows up as continual, nonsensical, worrisome assessments regarding every decision you make, such as ‘Will this make me lovable?’ ‘Am I doing the right thing? ‘Will this make me acceptable?’ ‘Will this hide my bad parts?’ ‘What will others think of me?’

In other words, you make yourself suffer, worrying over problems that you do not have. Worse, that voice in your head ‘helps out’ with comments such as ‘You’re ugly, fat, skinny, uncoordinated, stupid, undesirable, etc.’ That protector of yours now spends all of its time calling you a loser.

When you engage with your Dark Mind, you become drained of mental energy, suffer from confusion, lose yourself in daydreams, and you punish yourself with criticism over your non-existent defects.

(When you’re like this, you are separated from God – either ignorant of or forgetting that God’s help is always available:

Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, our God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God, He will come and save you.” Is. 35:4 NKJV

The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:5 – 7. ESV)

Moreover, the voice in your head is not content with corrupting your thinking about your present-time concerns; it also reaches into your psyche and distorts your memories – making them bigger, darker and more shameful. Your Dark Mind weaves a tale of what it says your history consists of (your ‘Life Story’) and relentlessly beats you up with it. It tells you that you had a terrible life, you were to blame, and nobody understands what you went through, but it. Equally as bad, the voice tells you that your future will look the same. More lies.

But what does God say?

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Jer. 29;11 AMP

However, instead of relying on God’s promise, you run with your Life Story, dragging it around like a ball and chain and blaming every disagreeable circumstance on it.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, the voice in your head is not your friend. It judges you – finding fault with everything you do, think and are. Because you identify with the voice, you judge yourself mercilessly. And when you can no longer contain your self-inflicted pain, you project it outwards.

Life is found wanting as you suffer and wait for ‘something’ to bring you happiness (even though you don’t know what that something is).

Even if you should somehow grasp a moment of happiness, the Dark Mind will tell you things like, ‘This isn’t quite it.’ ‘You’re not quite there.’ ‘This will never last.’

Okay, so what’s the bottom line? We made up this malevolent voice in our head that says the world sucks, other people suck and that we suck. That same voice works to keep us in a perpetual state of emergency so we cannot stop and see what is real.

We create our own suffering, but that is too painful to admit, so we lay the blame on others, the world, or on God Himself – all the while denying our responsibility for how our lives are turning out. We put more faith in the Dark Mind than in God.

Let’s look at all this from a God point of view:

I firmly believe that we cannot rise above this mess of our own making without God’s help. If we could, we already would have.

God has told us over and over that if we lived by His rules, love and acceptance would always follow. (Gn.4:7) He painstakingly laid those rules before us in His word. If we wanted to encapsulate their meaning in their totality, we could say that it boils down to loving God, loving ourselves, and loving everybody else. (Mt. 22:27 – 39.)

We suffer when we reject God because we are rejecting the very Source of complete love and acceptance.

Satan has a plan. It’s to get you to believe that there is something is wrong with you. Then everything else he wants will fall into place. The Big Liar is the source of the Big Lie.

The devil knows you that were created in the image of love and made for love. His desire is to separate you from that love. He does so by giving teeth to that voice in your head, and when you are running because of the sting of its bite, you cannot hear the voice of God.

But if you reach out for God, and place your faith in Him, His voice will become quite clear, as He simultaneously delivers you from your head. (Ps. 18:48 & 37:24; Jer. 33:3.)

The Big Liar is no match for Him… (1 Jn. 3:8 & 4:4.)

We’re still laying the groundwork of the enemy’s curse. (A problem defined is a problem half solved.)

Stay tuned.
Goodnight and God bless.