Hi everyone, welcome back to Serenity in The Spirit!
For today's post I wanted to discuss some lies that the enemy tells us. Oftentimes we can find it hard to decipher our thoughts - was that from me? Or God? Or the enemy? If you have had any of the below thoughts, I can assure you they are from the enemy! He uses our thoughts to push us away from God but no matter what we have done, God always wants us to come to Him.
1. You've really messed up this time, God does not want you to speak to Him right now
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness - 1 John 1:9
As I said above, no matter what we have done, God wants us to seek Him and repent. The Word of God says that Jesus died for our sins - not SOME sins. In the moments where you feel the most distant from God, you should run to Him. It is at these moments you are more susceptible to the attacks of the enemy and you could end up being pushed even further away.
2. You could never be as good as him/her
...But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding - 2 Corinthians 10:12b
Comparison kills. God made all of us in His image yet we are all different as we all have different purposes here on Earth. Comparing ourselves with others is not helpful as we are all running different races at different paces. Additionally, just because someone appears to be doing well, it does not necessarily mean they are - we are all only human and we often put our best foot forward without showing the hard times.
Work with God to be the best you can be, don't worry about what others are doing, that is between them and God. Remember, it is God who gives us our strengths, abilities and gifts, we are successful when we allow the Holy Spirit to work within us. The Bible tells us we can do all things through Christ so we know it is by His grace that we can succeed. This success comes from a focus on God and not others.
3. You're too insignificant to make a difference
But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand - Isaiah 64:8
We are the work of the Lord's hand, He carefully created us which means we are all important to Him and definitely not insignificant. We might not have thousands of followers but we can still live a life like Jesus and be an example to our family, friends and those around us. We might not have the loudest voice or have bags of confidence but God can and will direct our steps, He can give us a supernatural boldness to go and make disciples of all nations as He has called us to do.
4. Your past identifies you
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come - 2 Corinthians 5:17
Whatever has happened to you in your past, you can overcome it with Jesus. Your identity lies only in your Creator, and He thinks you are to do die for...literally. Make a decision to put your past in the past, where applicable learn from it and move forward. In some situations when you're ready, you can actually use your past for good - if you're comfortable, share it with others, encourage them that things do get better. Reflect on the lessons you have learnt and how they can be applied to your current life and the future. As always, if you don't know where/how to start, pray and ask God for guidance. No one wants to see you beat your past more than Him.
5. The Bible is just a rule book and you don't need to be told how to live your life
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart - Hebrews 4:12
I've said this many times before, but Christianity is more of a relationship than a religion. Yes, the Bible has rules for the way we should live our lives (The Ten Commandments) but the most important thing is building a relationship with God and growing in it daily. We can grow in relationship with Him through reading His word so that we are able to better understand His heart and how to live out His will for our lives.
Many people believe Christians are mindlessly following rules that prevent them from having fun but this is often not the case. Personally, once I fully understood what it meant to be a Christian, my appetite for certain sinful things disappeared and I had more of a desire to do things of the will of God.
Thanks for reading everyone, it's only a short post today but if you do want anymore information/guidance, please let me know via our social media links below. For anonymous comments/prayer requests you can send us a message here. Also let us know if you want a part 2 to this post, the enemy will always try and feed us with lies so that we doubt ourselves and God but remember you are fearfully and wonderfully made, and God is the same yesterday, today and forevermore - He cannot lie.
Song of The Post: Lies - William Murphy