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 those old tapes lying around? Those you use to put in a cassette player? I don't. But I remember them like yesterday. Quiet Riot. Twisted Sister. Wham. Talking Heads. Maybe even some Beastie Boys and Clint Black. Does this bring back a memory or two? For some of you, it does. Even thinking about them transports me back to memories of my middle and high school years. But what about those other tapes, the bad ones. The ones playing in your mind about you—and your identity in Christ. 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.

PRAYER: God, in my moments of inadequacy help me to see, know, and live in my new identity in Christ.

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