I was a part of a group in college that, due to our heckling, were instrumental in getting the student section moved at the Tennessee baseball games. I had to stop going to basketball games at the first institution I worked at because the gym was so small, they could hear me yelling outside.
I am, by nature, a heckler. I am not proud of this ability, and it has been reigned in with recent years and age. I used to call it sass…but I think alot of it has to do with the attitude and perspective.
You know the devil likes to heckle us. He chooses to heckle the ones whom God is using powerfully. The ones God is working in and through to be impacts on others, on the world. The devil heckles because he is annoyed with us. Because from his perspective we are not diverted or distracted by his whims and wiles. We don’t fall prey to his tactics.
So he goes to what he knows…biting words. Lies. Mocking.
He can and will choose anything to keep us from stepping into what God has for us. Because after all, isn’t that hecklers do? They yell and scream until we believe them. Until they disrupt what we had our mind set on, what we believed to be true. We will doubt our ability, in Christ, to step forward. We will doubt where He is calling us. We will begin to believe what he says about our inabilities, just how incapable we are for anything. We will see the excuse and use it, rather than take that one step out.
That one hesitation is all he needs. One hesitation and then he’s on you like the crowd in Cameron Indoor is on an air ball by the opposing team.
But God. That’s something I always love about Scripture. He places a “but” in there.
But God says you are more. That you are not capable on your own, but in Him you are strong. You have the power to withstand, to take the one step. When you do, you silence the heckling. And when it comes again at you, and it will, you will know and remember His promise that He is with you. He has good planned for you. And you took that one step to silence the heckler.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)