I’ve been covering the book, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis with a close sister in Christ. I am reminded over and over again how darkness truly tries to disguise itself so we turn against God and others. How deception will corrupt us from the inside masking anger, bitterness, and allow us to see ourselves always as the victim, and not the one at fault.
Last November, I started a writing project that is a cross between The Screwtape Letters and Pilgrim’s Progress (by John Bunyan). For clarity, I had NOT read at all anything of The Screwtape Letters when I started the project, and I’ve only gone about, maybe, halfway through Pilgrim’s Progress.
Ever since I began the project, there are some things God helped me write down that I cannot stop being aware of now.
Especially when it deals with whispers.
Whispers are rampant. In music, the books we read, in scripture, even in our minds and biting at our ears.
You may be familiar that God will come to us in a whisper sometimes.
So will darkness.
It brings an awareness to me of what a whisper is.
A whisper is meant to be between a select amount of individuals.
It is meant to be secretive or at least intimate and not (immediately) known to everyone.
It might feel like a privilege when someone whispers to us because we receive the information, attention, to be a listener to the speaker.
What God can use for good, Satan and darkness will use for evil.
Where do those first thoughts of, “You deserve to be treated better. See how hypocritical they are? How UNcaring they are to you?” come from?
Whispers…that justify our comparisons, jealousy, hatred, bitterness, and judgment of others.
We forget people are human. We put everyone on pedestals to be perfect when we are as weak as anyone else. I can’t tell you how often I see the hurt and pain of others who had a bad church experience and this then colors their readiness to point out the flaws of other Christians.
A hypocritical reaction we do not always catch because we like it. We like being validated. We like being the victim, in the sense, people comfort US. We like being justified in our reactions and pain. We like others being scorned for their hurtful actions. “You deserve better! You shouldn’t have been treated like that!” What whispers in our minds and hearts become a reality and we thrive on it.
It’s always about us.
And that is exactly what the whispers do.
Distract us from coming to Christ. Distract us from pointing out our own flaws and repenting of our judgments.
We sit at the enemy’s table, that’s right Screwtape turning your word against you, and when we dine and clink our glasses the door shuts behind us, locked with a key we do not have.
We walked in willingly.
We don’t see the burns on our body of bitterness, hatred, judgment, and sin. Until the cage walls begin to close over us tightly. Our oxygen gets sucked out of our lungs because what represented life is now gone from our body and soul. Gasping for air, we notice the “once” dining room was only an illusion.
One we fell hard for.
A smokey stench burns our eyes. Choking down the smallest gasp. Wondering when we will die, only to feel the burn of sin radiate hotter and hotter against us. Every movement takes centuries. Our flesh consumed we are bones, and still dying…forever.
“Why didn’t I turn to Him? Why did I believe the lies? Why did it always have to be about me? Why didn’t I encourage others with His truth? WHY DIDN’T I LISTEN!”
The taunts begin.
Monthly Scripture – (NLT) 1 Timothy 1:19, “Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their conscience and as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.”
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