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Satan is in the Self-Talk
It takes wisdom . . . to recognize wisdom
"For behold, at that day shall Satan rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good. . . . and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell. And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none -- and thus he whispereth in their ears . . ." (2 Nephi 28:20-22).
Satan's best lies . . . are the lies that we don't know are lies . . . yet! What better deception could Satan design, than a deception that we don't define as deception?
I'm exposing the lie! The devil's cover is finally blown. For truth be told: Satan is in the Self-Talk!
For all these many years, you may have passed off countless moments of mental chatter as routine thinking. The devil delights in this assumption!
But there is a predictable emotional pattern to the type of Self-Talk that Satan helps coauthor, and that pattern is consistently entangled in the BRIAR. Dr Matt likes to say . . . and so he does:
"You can lie with your MOUTH or EMOTION: "When you're in the BRIAR, . . . you're a LIAR."
B = Bothered Blaming or Bitter
"While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal" (2 Cor. 4:18).
From this broad perspective that sees beyond our tangible with with an eye of Faith, Paul taught that we wage war with an unseen enemy:
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but . . . against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Eph. 6:12).
If we would win our "wrestle" with powers of darkness, it would be wise to know the tendencies of our opponent, . . . especially one of his most subtle seductions: Satan is in the Self-Talk!
The Evil One has managed to cloak "Self-Talk" with credibility. Talking to yourself is encouraged and sustained by the New Age Movement, as well as the concerns of psychology.
Self-Talk is widely advocated by therapists and counselors as a means for fixing yourself via Mental Programming and Self-Affirmations. But here's the problem with trying to FIX yourself with Self Talk: As you trying to re-program your Brain to think more productively ... exactly what Brain will you be using ... to re-program your Brain? You'll be using the Brain that needs fixing, ... to fix your Brain.
You might be asking yourself, "What's so bad about Self-Talk as Therapy . . . it has it's place, right?" Positive Self-Affirmations are good . . . aren't they?
Remembering that Satan's best deceptions are so subtle that we don't suspect that the devil is even involved. During his mortal ministry, Jesus cautioned:
"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be
To the Nephites, the Savior warned:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and pray always, lest
The Principle of Praying Always is not given as simply a nice thing to do, . . . so you might feel warm and fuzzy; rather, Praying Always IS what we must do for the direct purpose of resisting and "escaping" the wiles of the devil—it is our first line of defense in an invisible war.
The devil wants you to think that praying "always" is poetic hyperbole; it's overstated and not to be taken literally. Logical Self-Talk runs this rebuttal: "Come on, . . . get real, . . . you can't pray all day, . . . that's impractical!" Nephi answers this issue:
In support of prayer that is both ongoing and all-inclusive, Amulek adds:
When "Satan is in the Self-Talk" . . . the ultimate result of our mental machinations will always be unenlightened and unproductive. Because Satan "seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself" (2 Nephi 2:27), . . . anything coauthored by the Evil One is ever . . . useless!
REPETITIVE & RECYCLED CUD CHEWING
Think about the word Ruminate for a moment. In the figurative sense, the dictionary defines the word as "to consider again and again; to turn over in the mind," but the primary definition paints a more graphic picture:
LACED WITH LOGIC AND FACTS
Because satanic Self-Talk is the regurgitated Cud of yesterday's Useless Cares, Satan has got a real public relations dilemma: How is he going to get you to chew on something so unsavory? Answer: He must make the issues appear important, . . . even though they're really just pathetic! To pull off this deception, Satan's Ad Campaign includes lining his lies with Facts. It's the old "Facts disguised as Truth" ploy!
"I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6).
Self-Talk degenerates from the wholeness of Truth to the narrowness of Facts, as we logically gather evidence in our head and mentally arrange arguments as if preparing for a court case. And as the Facts smolder and churn in our heads, . . . as we try to spin Useless Cares into important issues, our mental churning will likely play one of Self-Talk's greatest hits:
FOOLED BY THE FACTS
Logical Facts are Satan's anemic imitation of Truth.
"But I say unto you, Love your enemies,
Even though "accurate facts" are enticing you to Chew the Cud of judgment, resentment, retaliation, and revenge, . . . to follow the admonitions of Jesus—especially when grossly mistreated—is to align oneself to the Way of Truth; a Truth that exists in Wholeness and Integrity: Thoughts, Words, Deeds, Motives and Emotions.
GETTING OUT OF THE SELF-TALK TRAP
First, look for the Tell-Tale Signs:
"You and Satan in the Self-Talk" or it's
(Changing Your Stripes, The Manual, page 8-25)
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The journey to Being True will not happen by applying the techniques taught by traditional Psychology; the prevailing paradigm of "It's-Not-Your-Fault Psychology" is fatally flawed from its foundations. This popular paradigm tends to deprive people of the very thing that essential to Being True:
To fully and wholly accept Response-Ability for what comes out of you!
Owning your Response-Ability is a first step in Being True and increasing your strength of Character:
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