Alright, I’m going to have a moment of realness with you all (deep breath in, exhale). I haven’t blogged in a few weeks now and to be honest these past couple weeks have been challenging to me in so many ways. The stresses of life have been tugging on my heart and my usual flowing ideas of what the spirit is leading me to write about have been drown out by the demands of the every day mundane. I feel the enemy has been preying on me more than usual, trying to feed me the lies I’ve worked so hard to declare truth over and I can’t help but ask myself, why?
I began to reflect on the past couple of weeks and what was making me feel that I am unusable, not good enough, too much, not enough….it all had a common denominator. My mind, my thoughts, which directly effected how I felt. The mind and what we allow it to declare over us is a POWERFUL tool and one I have learned the enemy loves to use. We must learn to recognize what lies the enemy is feeding us so that we can have a plan of attack ready for when they creep into our mind and try to dampen our spirit. What better way to attack the enemy than with the truth of God?
My fiancé and I, awhile back in our bible group, read a book I highly recommend called “Crash the Chatterbox” by Steven Furtick. In this book, he sheds light on how the lies of insecurity, fear, condemnation and discouragement keep us from realizing our God given potential. Seriously, the truth spoken in this book is unreal! Having control over your thoughts may just be the most powerful tool you can have as a Christian. Studies have shown that we have 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day. This means between 35 and 48 thoughts per minute, per person. The enemy is smart you guys. Do you really think these thoughts aren’t placed there for a reason? Satan is a life-stealer and joy-stealer. If he can stop you and I from fulfilling our God given purpose why wouldn’t he? This is why it is VITAL that we can recognize these lies.
Anyone who knows me well knows I am always taking notes. I’m old school like that and there is no shame in my game. Being this old school soul that I am, I wrote notes when going through this book. You guys, the same lies that were debilitating my God given purpose then, are the same lies that I noticed were dampening my spirit now! The enemy knows how to hit you where it hurts, but you know what? Our God is so good and so loving and He knew this spiritual warfare would take place so he gave us this beautiful blessing to help us shun the enemy’s lies. Scripture.
I encourage each and every one of you to physically write down the lies the enemy feeds you daily. Trust me you aren’t alone on this, I will begin with my list my dear friend:
The enemy tells me:
1) I fail God on a regular basis, why pursue him if I am a failure?
2) If I’ve felt God supernaturally in the past and I don’t now, has He forgotten about me?
3) But if everyone else is doing it, how bad can it be?
4) God didn’t give me the gift to lead others to Christ, I’ll let others do that.
5) My physical body, no matter how hard I try it will never be good enough.
6) I am not “useable” in the kingdom of Christ.
7) Why even pursue that dream? You will never make it.
Phew, I hope you all don’t think I’m crazy! Now for the fun part…your turn! We might be dealing with the same lies, or our lies being fed to us might differ, but now I want you to write down in a big fat sharpie next to each one “LIE” because that is exactly what each one is. Just calling it how I see it!
Next, for each lie, I want you write down “God says I am.” This is your opportunity to determine your plan of attack. This is where the spiritual battle takes place. My brothers and sisters in Christ, this is the shield that will protect us from the enemy the next time his lies creep in. Next to each lie, find a battling scripture to shut that lie down.
God says I am:
1) Romans 8:28, Galatians 5:16
2) Isaiah 41:10
3) Isaiah 5:20
4) 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, John 15:16, Matthew 5:13-16
5) Psalm 139:14
6) Isaiah 43:4, Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 138:8
7) Matthew 6:33, 2 Chronicles 15:7, Proverbs 3:6, Proverbs 16:3
These are ones I have found that personally speak to my soul when these lies creep in. I encourage you, my dear friends in Christ, to prepare for your own personal spiritual battle by diving into the word, allowing Christ to speak truth over your battles.
So in practice, it would look a little something like this. I’m at the gym working out and I find that the longer I look in the mirror, the more I find wrong with myself. My arms look flabby, my legs are too thick, and girl don’t even get me started on those calves. On and on it goes. I recognize that this is the enemy because our loving perfect creator would never call His creation any of the above. I know it is a lie. I remind myself of Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” The enemy says I am full of gross imperfections, that is a lie, God says I am wonderfully made. It doesn’t say, “everything besides Nicole’s flabby arms are wonderfully made.” NO! It says every bit of my being is fearfully and wonderfully made. I am at peace.
When I can truly recognize the lies, I can stop the enemy dead in his tracks, allowing my eyes and path to be set on my God given purpose that cannot be shaken. Regardless of my circumstances, the way I am feeling, the barriers I set upon myself, my self-doubts, they are not stopping the plans He has made. Repeat after me, nothing will stop the plans you have made Lord.
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:11-17
My dear friends, I pray that this has made you realize you are not alone, that we are strong enough to end these lies, that Jesus has spoken truth over each and everyone of us, that we may see ourselves through Christ-like lens. Beautiful daughter of Christ, you are enough, you are valuable, in fact-you are priceless, although you may stumble Christ catches you each time in his abundant grace and love, you are smart, you are an heir to the kingdom, and the enemy will not defeat you, my dear.
THE VOICE YOU BELIEVE WILL DETERMINE THE FUTURE YOU EXPERIENCE.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
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