[A note from Gaye: Thank you for the guest post, Kelli Wommack! Kelli and I are both speaking at The Refine Conference in September in Bloomington, MN.]
I couldn’t do anything about it. I was in front of the room being interviewed with the rest of the women retreat speakers. But, I heard it…
…my cell phone.
I had forgotten to put it on vibrate when the session started. Now, I was being asked about my family and my hopes for the weekend and all I could hear was my cell phone talking in the back of the room.
You see, I have one of those old wonderful cell phones that announce the caller out loud! (I’ve had it for over three years and have yet to figure out how to turn that announcer off.) So here I was helpless in the front of the room with my incessant phone repeating something over and over again. I couldn’t hear what it said, but there was no doubt it was my phone.
After the speaker interview session, we had a break and I went to the restroom. As I stood in line, (you know how we have to do that with lots of women and three stalls) my friend Jennifer inquired, “Did you hear that cell phone talking in the back of the room?” I was embarrassed to tell her that it was my phone. She asked, “Did you hear what it said?” I told her that I did not have a chance to go check it because I came straight to the restroom. (You know, borderline emergency.) She said, “I wrote down what it said. It spoke volumes to me.”
I was confused. My cell phone announcer had spoken volumes to someone who had to listen to its incessant announcing? Jennifer explained, “Your cell phone kept repeating…PLEASE ERASE OLD MESSAGES. PLEASE ERASE OLD MESSAGES.”
I ran and grabbed my phone out of my purse and this was on the face of my phone:
The God who created the Universe and me, the God whose love for me is wide and high and deep and long, that very same God has a message… for me. But I have rejected that message many times because my recent memory bank was full of lies, labels, and false perceptions.
“You are not good enough.”
“Quit while you are ahead so that they won’t think you’re crazy.”
“You are ugly…inside and out.”
“You have no message worth hearing. Why do you think you have been called to speak and write?”
“You are worthless.”
“You are a bad mom, a pitiful wife, and a terrible friend.”
“How can you minister to others when you have dysfunction in your own life?”
“You are alone in this world. No one really cares about you.”
So for me to really live out the calling that God has for me…
…I MUST erase old messages.
I have to intentionally remove those false, deceptive messages about myself so that I can fully embrace God’s beautiful message of love, grace, hope, mercy, AND purpose.
How do we do that?
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
We have to erase and demolish every old message, thought, argument, pretension, philosophy and thought that is contrary to who God is and who we are in Him.
Please erase old messages so that I can fill you up with My messages. – God
Can you hear Me now?
Lord, we want to hear You. Please help us to tear down and erase any old messages that would keep us from hearing Your voice. Help us to take captive every thought that is not from You and make it obedient to You.
Kelli Wommack is a motivational speaker, writer, and blogger and loves seeing people reach their full potential in Christ. In her role as Serve Minister at Christ Community Church in Georgia, she has the awesome privilege of rallying others to find their unique place of ministry. Her favorite home team includes her loving, funny, yet quiet husband, and her two loving, funny, and not so quiet children. She would love to connect with you!