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Today I want to talk to you about silencing the voice of defeat. In the book of Nehemiah is a story about an Israelite who was cup bearer to the king of a nation that was ruling the land of Israel. The city of Jerusalem had been taken, and the walls of the city were fallen. When Nehemiah heard this he asked the king for permission and money to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls of the city. The king sent him. Nehemiah surveyed the wall privately, then gathered up the Israelites living there and gave an inspirational speech. Everyone was moved, but three different leaders from the area weren’t so excited. Nehemiah 2:19 (NKJV) says, “But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?” These men represent the voice of defeat.
There is a voice of defeat that speaks to you. Psychologists call this voice our inner critic. The Bible exposes this. And there are three main areas the voice will attack; our value, our authority, and our ability. Each of us has a voice within that reminds us of what’s wrong with us. And as we set out to rebuild the walls, we set out to grow, to win, to climb new mountains, to repair our marriage, or to succeed in this life, that voice of defeat is right there to try and tear us back down, to steal our joy, and keep us where we are. Whether this voice is fueled by Satan, or friends, or enemies, or wounds or our own insecurities, the voice poses as a friend, as an ally of sorts, and pretends to motivate, but hurts us, discourages us, shames us, tells us were not loved, not funny, we are ugly, you’re out of your league, you’re not a winner, you’re a sinner. Today we learn how to silence the voice of defeat, we learn to silence this inner critic.
Today is your day for a turn around. Mary Magdalene is standing at the site where Jesus was buried, His body is missing, and she is lost. Standing just behind her, though, is Jesus. And when she turns around, everything is about to get better. Whether you’re lost somewhere in life, lost in purpose, lost in destiny, lost your ambition, your drive, you may just be a turn around from being back on course. Or maybe you have been going the wrong direction in life, and sometimes we know it’s the wrong direction, we have intentionally moved away from the Lord’s path. Other times we are trying to go the right way, but we keep getting further from where God wants us.
Maybe it’s your economy, debt, or your marriage, or your emotions, your insecurities, maybe fear has been creeping back in, an old addiction has reared its ugly head, or hopelessness is trying to take root. Heavy is the load you are hauling, you’ve been balling, crawling, stalling and now you are free falling. Some places in your life are going great, job is awesome, business is booming, but still, we all have places in our lives that might seem off the path, not working. Well, I’m here to announce to you today, for those places in your life, today is your day for a turn around.
Today I want to talk to you about receiving God’s love. I call it, “You gotta get it before you can give it.” God has given His love to the whole world, but many are not receiving His love. In 2013 a car mechanic from El Monte, CA named Hung Nguyen walked into a store and purchased a lottery ticket. His numbers were selected and he won one million dollars. Problem was, he didn’t know it. There were 300 one million dollar winners who never collected, in 2013 alone. In fact, on average two billion in winnings go unclaimed every single year. What God has given us through His love is worth far more than one million dollars – eternal salvation, his Spirit, authority, His Name, the church, power, healing, favor, blessing, HIS LOVE, all of this “for God so Loved the world that he GAVE..”
God is giving but so many are not receiving, they let all this love go unclaimed. Marriages struggle, the kids don’t want to be around you, tension with the in-laws. Jesus said a new commandment I give unto you… People are all out of love, “I don’t like you, I don’t like that person, I don’t even like myself.” Hating on yourself people turn to addictions, to punish themselves, they sabotage any love they actually find. I leave before you have a chance to hurt me or find me out for the fraud I am, and I’m seeking love, starving for love, when I don’t have any love, I can’t give any love.
Today I want to talk to you about God’s love. God’s love is when we lay down our own lives to raise up others. It starts in our home, loving our spouse, our children, at our church, at our job. We find ourselves not chasing what we want, but helping others get what they want. We pursue God’s love, while He pursues our desires for us. We pursue the Kingdom, and He adds everything else. Jesus said, “A new command I give to you, love others as I have loved you.” I John 3:16 says, “By this we know love, because he laid down his life for us.” Jesus laid down His life to raise us up, and then God raised Him up.
You see, when you lay down your life, God raises you up. Jesus said in John 12 if we love our life, we lose it. And the problem is, everyone is busy loving their own life, or chasing their own wants, medicating their emotions… me, me, me, and this gets on us. But the more you chase after fulfilling yourself, the emptier you are. Why? Because Jesus is in you, and He wants to abide in you. He wants to love. And when you align with the Christ in you, life works. I John 4:11 (NKJV) says, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.”
Energy and enthusiasm in your life shows others how great God is. It affects people how you respond to life.