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Earworms and Life With Christ - by Molly Dutina

They call a song that is stuck in your head an Earworm. I would dare say that there are other, equally annoying and potentially more destructive, type of earworms that Christians can suffer with.

 

At times negative talk and accusations seem to hound and haunt me; evil messages that I have difficulty turning off or tuning out. For example, my mother died just two weeks before my first child was born. As I recovered from a difficult labor and C-section delivery, I kept hearing this awful voice taunt me, “How can you be a mother without a mother?” This continued periodically for years until I decided to try to replace the recording with God’s help.

Let me illustrate for you how I went about this. In the not so distant past, there were recording devices that used audio cassette tapes. These were used to distribute music or for home use to record radio programs or copy music. The cassettes had two circles that the tape wound around. Our particular cassette player also had a feature where we could play the tape continuously without having to physically remove it from the player and turn it to the other side. A spiritual earworm could potentially be the same as an audio cassette on that machine, playing relentlessly.

Removal

Now the removal of an audio earworm has several stages. The first one is to actually become aware of what is being said over and over and over again. Some of us play these tapes for so many years in our heads that the enemy of our souls has very little labor involved in tormenting us. We just believe the negative ideas and do the tormenting ourselves. So once you become aware of the message such as “How can you be a mother without a mother,” what then?

The local grocery chain Kroger ran a campaign for a long time about “Cost Cutter Savings.” Inside each store, a huge pair of cardboard scissors hung from the ceiling.  I am a very visual person. Sometimes it takes the Lord a while to explain to me what obedience He requires of me. Seeking His heart about getting rid of this spiritual earworm involved using these scissors in the spirit realm against the constant ugly tape. In Ephesians 6:10 and 13 Paul wrote, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”

My instructions were “Cut the tape.” Now that was not all. Matthew 5:25 reads, “Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.” This kind of earworm is similar to prison! First, I asked God for help in parenting my child. I had to confess to the adversary of my soul that no, I could not be a mother without a mother; HOWEVER, I had asked the Lord Jesus Christ to be in charge of my parenting. Then I told the accuser that if he did not like the way I was doing things, he should take it up with Jesus.

You see, cassette tapes can be repaired! So I not only had to cut the tape in little pieces, I had to also replace it with another, speaking better messages. If you are earnestly seeking God it does not take long to find encouraging messages in the Bible. In fact, there are entire books on the market listing His promises and encouragement. So I needed to learn some of those promises, commit them to memory and use them if ever the old tape began to try to play again. The torment did not end immediately. I had to choose the better voice of the Word planted in my heart.

Romans 10:6,8 says, “But the righteousness that is by faith says:  … But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim.” So taking the Word of the Lord I took up the scissors to cut the negative tape. I determined to replace the message with God’s Word.  

In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis writes, “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them” Trust me, I have no interest in them, just the desire to yield to Christ and be rid of the devil’s torment. I do know the devil does not like when I humbly yield to Jesus Christ. So this work demands my yielded obedience to the Savior of my soul. He is in charge of my parenting, then and now. If you are being tormented by a spiritual earworm, start by listening carefully to the bottom line of the message. Take that to the Lord and ask Him how to replace the message with His Word. Then go about using your spiritual scissors to cut the tape and get on with relying upon Christ in all things, even what repeats in your head. 

If you are being tormented by a spiritual earworm, start by listening carefully to the bottom line of the message. Take that to the Lord and ask Him how to replace the message with His Word. Then go about using your spiritual scissors to cut the tape and get on with relying upon Christ in all things, even what repeats in your head. 


Molly Dutina and her husband, Bob, call The Crossing home. She is a writer and a member of a number of teams at The Crossing including The Crossing Blog Team.

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