Whispers, Dining With The Enemy, The Screwtape Letters

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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!” 

Silence.

Darkness.

The taunts begin.

Whispers. 


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20 thoughts on “Whispers, Dining With The Enemy, The Screwtape Letters

  1. This is a beautiful reality of the deception of our own voices in our heads and the corruption that the enemy uses against us. Sounds like an amazing book that I would love to read. (I’ll put it on the list 😉 ) Your monthly scripture is perfectly fitting!

    “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23
    “As a man thinks, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
    Take our thoughts captive, 1 Corinthians 10:4-5

    Wonderful post and reminders for me this morning. Thanks T.R.

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    1. The book is good but very heavy in material even though each letter is very short. Nothing like Narnia, this is definitely a fiction piece for adults. Some people struggle with it because of the darkness. Lewis almost didn’t finish writing it because of the darkness. I recommend not reading too many letters at once and remember not everything Screwtape says is true. 🙂

      You shared perfect scriptures for this ❤ thanks!!! May you have a lovely weekend! God be with you!

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  2. Everything’s not for everybody and what may seem beneficial to some, may lead to the demise of others! BibleBloggerGirl, be prayerful and be led to read it!

    “Everything is permissible for me, but not all things are beneficial. Everything is permissible for me, but I will not be enslaved by anything [and brought under its power, allowing it to control me]….1 Corinthians 6:12

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    1. Very true! I am reading The Screwtape letters along with A.W. Tozer’s Pursuit of God, and my friend and I just finsished Before Amen by Max Lucado, we are going to start Humility by Andrew Murray. I really do caution people with this book. Even Lewis himself warned people about this book before reading it. It is not one to read out of pure curiousness I feel.

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  3. Further, there are times that I see things that I contemplate reading, but the Lord says, nah, not that, or sometimes He says not yet. What I’ve learned is that He typically feeds me in the direction that He’s leading me!

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    1. Agreed. And I feel He has prepared me and helps me with this particular book. I am not reading it to read a story. That is why I only read 2 to 3 letters at a time and spread out a few days before going back into the book. I have a notebook in which I jot down notes and see what Lewis is saying. I think it is a complicated reading because the main character is negative and says lies. So it is important knowing the truth and being aware of the truth. The reality of the book is Lewis brings out so many ways people can be deceived through what Screwtape says. Letting emotions rule us. Being distracted with prayer. Letting our fear and worry of the future consume us. These are all true. Which is why I think the book is a good check with our heart, to be reminded if we are truly going to God or serving our flesh. However, it is certainly a book to be prepared for before reading. Lewis stated that those who were ready for the message of the book would receive it. And then there would be people who would not see the message. I’m only on letter 8 but I can see what he means. This is why I caution people too.

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