Friday, January 6, 2017

Turn Satan’s whispers of “I told you so” to God’s “I got this.”

Wouldn’t it be great if becoming a Christian meant that all of our doubts and fears went away? We work to rid our lives of past “issues” and try to follow God’s Word and learn how to wear God’s Armor. We wonder why God allows us to fail.
God doesn’t want us berating ourselves with questions and statements that make us feel defective. But, as we well know, we have an enemy who loves to cast a shadow of self-doubt over us by playing into our self-defeating thoughts. He tries to get us to focus on what we think is wrong with us.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
                                                  John 10:10 (NIV)
Self-doubt is the opposite of living free. It binds you, stops you from discovering all that God has for you. When you doubt that you can be effective in God’s plan – you are allowing Satan to win.
Satan will tell us any lie trying to separate us from our Heavenly Father. He wants all of us to live selfish, miserable, lonely lives. Satan can’t take away our Grace – so he wants us to be ineffective in God’s plans for us.
44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
                                                  John 8:44 (NIV)
When we fall prey to his lies we take our eyes off of who we are in Christ and focus on our flaws. We start to feel inadequate and unsure of ourselves. When we have fallen for his lies, rarely do we stop to ask, why we are believing these things or why am I doubting myself.
We may struggle with keeping our confidence, but we can trust and believe that there is always hope. For that reason, we go on. We move forward, and as we do, we gain more confidence in God’s plans for our life. We were made in the image of God – so stop doubting yourself – stop doubting God!
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
                                                  1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV)
God can fill the gaps that no human ever could, because the God who created us cares deeply for each of us and he hasn’t missed a beat of any of our life. He didn’t create this world to have to evil it has in it – he created it beautiful and we humans decided we knew better than God and because of that we struggle.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
                                                  Philippians 4:6-9

Heavenly Father, I pray today that each of us who are struggling with self-doubt will honestly look at it, and then move forward. That each of us will leave any self-doubt behind, and replace it with knowledge, with action, but most importantly with You. Thank you that You know each of us, and what we need, and so graciously give it.
In your powerful, precious name. Amen.
Then you will know that I am the Lord;
    those who hope in me will not be disappointed.
                                                  Isaiah 49:23b (NIV)

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