Embracing Accusations

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When we moved back to Iowa Josh accepted the worship & youth pastor position at his home church. Worship he knows. Youth, now that’s a whole different animal.  What I love is that we co-lead the group and we are learning, succeeding and even failing together.

The opportunity didn’t seem so overwhelming considering we were once a pre-teen and then teenager.  I knew for sure we were equipped for the task at hand.  A year later I can tell you that they have opened our eyes wider than we knew possible.

Each week I get to hang and chat with a group of Jr High or High School girls. Each week I love it. Each week I am amazed at how many of my beautiful, talented, passionate, youthful girls are struggling with depression. anxiety. self-loathing.  The list goes on.  Each week I remind them that they are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) I remind them that they are perfectly made.

We talk about turning off the voices in our heads. The voices that tell us we aren’t skinny enough, or smart enough, or pretty enough. The voices that validate the expectations of status and popularity. The voices of restlessness and expectancy.  The voices that remind us of our past, our failures, our wickedness. We talk, we listen, we pray.

The truth is, I’m no different from those precious girls. My voices don’t compare looks and weight anymore.  But they do compare parenting and social status.  They do lie about things within my marriage.  They do tell me I am failing as a mom. They are lies. From Hell. But I listen. Don’t we all?

Surprisingly enough when I share with Josh he tells me his young men go through the same thing. The subject of the deception may be different, but deceiving all the same.

The only thing left to do is decide what to do with those voices. To believe them, or believe in Jesus. Believe in freedom or believe in bondage. I say believe in Jesus. Sounds so easy. I know it’s a choice every day.

This song is lyrically packed with goodness.  That’s why I love it.  It starts slow, but listen closely to the words or read below. It is my go-to song when I am beating myself up.    A line I love ; “Oh the Devil’s singing over me an aged-old song that I am cursed and gone astray. “..seems odd but this is why I love it….

The Devil. That’s his name.  Sometimes in Christian culture we like to call him “The Enemy.” That phrase has always made me giggle- it reminds me of Voldermont in Harry Potter (yes I read all of them in college) – they call him “He Who Shall Not Be Named” out of fear of his return.  I wonder why we just don’t call Satan…Satan. Or the Devil.  I’m not afraid of him.

“the Devil is singing over us an aged-old song that we are cursed and gone astray“…..he’s been at it a long time. And he’s not relenting anytime soon.  If you find it odd to think of the Devil singing consider this- Lucifer was once an angel, and not just any angel- one BEAUTIFUL angel and one of three arch angels. He was established by God to be the angel of worship….the angel of song! If you have a sec read about how beautiful he was in Ezekiel 28. He may not be making a joyful noise unto the Lord anymore but he’s making noise. He makes my life extremely noisy.

It’s important to hang with this song till the end. It’s even more important to start telling yourself that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. That you are made perfect. That nothing about you is or was a mistake. It’s important to stop embracing the accusations we hang ourselves for. Turn off the voices in your head that are damning. Turn up Jesus. And when you have time, help someone else start turning off the lies they are embracing. You are deserving of everything God has for you. You just gotta believe it.

~what’s the little box below? press play~

Embracing Accusations~Shane and Shane

The father of lies
Coming to steal
Kill and destroy
All my hopes of being good enough
I hear him saying cursed are the ones
Who can’t abide
He’s right
Alleluia he’s right!

The devil is preaching
The song of the redeemed
That I am cursed and gone astray
I cannot gain salvation
Embracing accusation

Could the father of lies
Be telling the truth
Of God to me tonight?
If the penalty of sin is death
Then death is mine
I hear him saying cursed are the ones
Who can’t abide
He’s right
Alleluia he’s right!

The devil is preaching
The song of the redeemed
That I am cursed and gone astray
I cannot gain salvation

Oh the devil’s singing over me
An age old song
That I am cursed and gone astray
Singing the first verse so conveniently over me

He’s forgotten the refrain
Jesus saves!

He redeemed us from the curse of the law (repeat to end)

Something to Think About- Beckett is really into this super hero business. While writing this I was thinking about what super power I would have if I were a super hero. I was reminded that the Bible says to humble ourselves before God and resist the Devil then he will flee from us!  (James 4:7) That’s super hero super power!

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