Eject The Old Tapes
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.—2 Corinthians 10:5
Do you have any of those old tapes lying around? The ones you put in a cassette player? I don't. But I remember them like yesterday. If you are old enough, this should bring back a memory or two. For some of you, it does. Even thinking about them transports me back in time.
But what about those other tapes, the bad ones. The ones playing in your mind about you—and your identity. The self-defeating ones. The negative ones. The ones that call at you late at night as you have time to ruminate on your day, week, and life. They sing, "You are not good enough, not strong enough, not cool enough, not forgiven enough, and not loved enough." I don't care how old or young you are; these tapes never stop playing. Therefore we have to take them "captive" by ejecting the old tapes and playing the new one.
DO THIS: Eject the old tapes and pitch them—they are not true; the only thing that is true is what God says about you.
PRAY THIS: God, in my moments of inadequacy help me to see, know, and live in my new identity in Christ.