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Leave it to God

30188259972041329_K6SXCVKj_cIn this broken world, I am surrounded. I have no chance against. I do not know what to do or where to go. If I run, it will follow; if I hide, it will find me; if I attack, I will lose. It far outnumbers me.

Fears, lies, doubts, negativity, worry – this evil is surrounding me and I am lost. Where is my escape…

Whenever you feel like you are losing in this battle, my prayer for you is that you will realize you cannot do this alone. God is our strength, and He will protect us.

What’s even better than that is He will actually fight for us! He is always on our side, and when He is on our side, who can stand against us? (see Romans 8:31)

“…for we have no might to stand against this great company that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are focused upon You.” (2 Chronicles 20:12)

The battle is not always going to be ours to fight. When we leave it up to God, He will win all our battles!

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Who You Are in Christ: Part 4

don't pretendMy life is day after day one failure after the other, and it’s hard for me to see my worth when all I do is mess up.

Accepting yourself for who you are can sometimes be the biggest struggle, and the toughest battle we may ever have to face.

You are the only you there ever was and ever will be, and if you are not you no one will be, and when no one is you, then the purpose God has planned for you isn’t being lived out.

So my question is what is holding us back from being who we are? What is keeping us from believing the Truth of who we are in Christ?

I feel like there can just be times when we no longer feel we can be real because we don’t think others will accept us for who we are. We feel we are not loveable because we are not good enough. Think back to those lies and those fears you may be struggling with… Are those lies and fears making you be a person you’re not?

Whoever told us we are not good enough? What makes us believe we are not enough? The Only One who should be defining who we are is God – and I promise you He tells each and every one of you, regardless of what you’ve done, what you’re doing, and what you are going to do, He tells you that you are enough, because He makes you good enough!

Your imperfections are made perfect! Your weaknesses are made strong! You have the strength, love, and power of Christ in you! And you are always enough!

I encourage you to please seek God for help, guidance, and direction. He will help you discover who you are so you can live the way He created you to live, making a difference in this world in the way that only you can make!


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New Life

 

lifenChristWe do not need to let lies define who we are. When God looks at us, He doesn’t see our imperfections. He doesn’t even see our failures and mistakes.

He sees beyond who we are and what we’ve done. He sees beyond who we have been to who we can become. We can become His very own children when we choose to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. And when we believe Jesus is our Savior, God sees us for who we really are – who He made us to be.

He sees us for who we are in Christ. Just one glance at us and He sees His very own perfect Son, Jesus Christ, who took our place on the cross.  I deserved the death He died. I am the one who messed up. I am the one who is imperfect. I am the one who is broken. It was supposed to be my death on the cross… I fail… I make the mistakes… I deserved the punishment. Why did Jesus take my place…

God chose to look past all my iniquities because of Jesus. It is His unconditional love that saves you and me. With Christ, the devil is no longer a threat. God’s perfect love casts out all the fear and evil lies of the devil! We are released from Satan’s evil traps! The devil tries to deceive us into thinking negative thoughts about ourselves, but in our new life with Christ we are set free!

 


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Defeating Lies With Truth

Slieso many times what we believe about ourselves affects what we believe about God. When we believe lies of the devil we are not really trusting in God or His power. We forget that it is not about us and what we can do or about what we think we can’t do. It is about God and who He is and what He says we can do.

So why do I refuse the Truth? I feel like I live my life as if I don’t even believe in God’s Word because I am so full of doubt. I want to believe, but sometimes it is so hard to trust God’s goodness when everything around me seems to be falling apart.

I want to trust God, but when He says I will take care of you, I still worry. When He says I will protect you, I still fear. When He says I am working all things together for your good, I still doubt. Unfortunately my list doesn’t end there: He says I will bring you through; I still give up. He says I will bring you peace; I still live in constant frustration. He says I will make your paths straight; I still don’t see the way to go. He says I have plans that will give you a hope and a future, but all I seem to see is pain and disaster. You see, I believe lies; I am just not good enough. I do not like thinking thoughts like: What’s wrong with me? I shouldn’t be this way? Why is everything so hard? Why can’t I just have faith?

You see, God tells me I am good enough.
But Satan’s lies say I will never be good enough.

God tells me I have what it takes to make it through.
But Satan’s lies say just give up, you’ll never make it.

God tells me He loves me with everlasting and unconditional love.
But Satan’s lies say I can’t be loved.

God tells me He accepts me for who I am.
But Satan’s lies say no one could ever accept me.

I live like I believe the lies more than I believe the truth. I might not be the only one. I think that often times we beat ourselves up with thoughts like I hate who I am, I’m such a horrible person, I have no patience, my faith is weak, I am never good enough, I am constantly disappointing someone, I don’t know what I am doing, I want to quit, I give up, I can’t do this anymore. These thoughts are NEVER from God! He never says He hates the way you are. He never says you are worthless, hopeless, or unloved. He never says you are too weak. He doesn’t want us to quit. He never says give up.

Next time you feel negative thoughts, try to figure out where they are coming from, and seek God for peace and understanding. Let’s work together to avoid believing the devil’s lies and let’s embrace God’s TRUTH!