I have heard a great deal of teaching on the enemy’s accusing voice. He is the accuser of the brethren. But we also need to be aware of his “puffed up” voice.
Once his accusing voice is no longer effective, he will then try to “puff you up.” He will try this after you have experienced some success. The “puff up” voice sounds like this:
“No one else is as faithful or dedicated as I am.” “I carried everyone on this project.” “I could do a better job than they did.” “No one else works as hard as I do.”
You see his “puffed up” voice is a subtle way of accusing those around us. If he can’t make you feel unworthy, he will give you a false sense of importance. Both have the same goal – to isolate and alienate you from the Body of Christ.
The prophet Elijah listened to the “puff up” voice. After he had defeated the prophets of Baal in stunning fashion, he hid. When God confronted him, he said, “No one has been as faithful or zealous. I’m the only prophet left.” He believed the lie that he alone was the only servant of God.”
God’s response to Elijah is His response to us. “Get over yourself. I have anointed others for the work. You are not the only one.”
Friends, we are family. God’s desire is that we work together to combat the darkness. If you are hearing the accusing voice of the enemy or his puff up voice, repent. Change your mind. You are valuable to the Kingdom of God but you are not the best singer, the best leader, the most faithful, the most zealous. Let us not compare ourselves to others. Let us just be the best we can be and lift others up along the way!
“He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.””
1 Kings 19:10, 18 NIV