Central to the Heart

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Transforming Brokenness

dc67c30e3f0dab7fc859ad0213152e75 What do we do with the broken pieces of our lives? I feel like a lot of brokenness is held on to. We seem to pretend that we need no one, when inside we are begging for help. But we are ashamed and we don’t want people to know how we really feel. So we hold on to the pieces. We think it will be better if we just hide in secrecy from the world – from God – as we hold on to our brokenness telling ourselves we are better this way. We fall into that deep lie where fear consumes us with thoughts of insecurity, of not belonging and feelings that we are unworthy, insignificant, and unloved. If only there was some way we could help people stop feeling this way. How do we help people fill their hearts with God’s truth instead of the enemy’s lies? How do we guard our hearts with Truth? Maybe that’s why God let’s us go through those struggles where we feel like giving up… it’s not because He wants us to give up – He wants us to stop relying on ourselves. He wants us to finally stop trying to do it all on our own because we can’t. He wants us to trust Him to carry us through as He give us the strength we need. And once we get through our struggles, or maybe even while we are still in the midst of them, if we keep pushing forward, then we can use our story of brokenness to help encourage others who are going through their own story of brokenness. So I guess what I am trying to say is that, as broken people, we all can relate to one another on some level and that is how we can minister to broken hearts. We can come to them where they are in love and in empathy because we’ve experienced brokenness too. And through that I pray we would help one another find true transformation. I pray that we would all realize that our only hope of restoration is found in Jesus Christ. He not only restores us to wholeness; He transforms us to completion – we just have to be intentional about coming to Him with our broken pieces and believe that His strength and power will change us. Why do we hide? We need to let Him in! He wants so much for our hearts to be healed – for our brokenness to be mended. When we stop holding on to our brokenness, and instead let it go, laying it all at His feet, He will truly set us free from the lies that once filled us up with fear and brokenness in the first place. I am so grateful for the freedom we share in Christ. Praying for all the broken hearts to keep fighting, we are not alone, and may we never let go of the hope we have in Jesus Christ our King!


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Brokenness

shatteredBroken people have broken ways of seeing themselves: You’re not good enough. Nothing you do will ever matter. Why do you even try so hard; you’re going to fail. Everything you say is worth nothing. When you leave here, you won’t have made an impact. YOU ARE A NOBODY!

I wish feelings like these would stop consuming so much of our thoughts. The devil wants us thinking like that. In fact he will probably say things like: Go ahead and hate yourself. Get mad at the world around you. Be ungrateful for who you are. Be angry. Be upset. Deny God loves you.

Please God, help us. Help us to not believe lies. Help us to stop feeling worthless. You see us as Your treasured, valued, and precious children. You love us so much! Help us to stop being controlled by our fears and the lies the devil tells us. Our fears lead us to these negative thoughts that are lies, but God, Your perfect love casts out all fear. Help us to believe your TRUTH.

Why do we think we are not enough? Why do we think we are failures? Why do we think we have nothing in us that is worthy?

None of us are perfect, and as a result we keep seeing ourselves as people we are not. We feel like we have no value because we do not feel perfect. Instead we feel broken.We may strive for perfectionism so we can be ‘good enough,’ but even our definition of perfectionism can be messed up.

We are just broken people, yet in His hands, our brokenness can be made beautiful and our weaknesses can be made strong (see 12 Corinthians 1:9). I hope we can believe His TRUTH and live by who He says we are even through our brokenness.

 


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Knowing God

Seek-God-Bible-StudyGod wants us to really know Him, not just know about Him. It is more than just reading about who He is; it is experiencing who He is. We experience God when we let Him be first in our lives.

Letting Him be first in our lives isn’t easy.

We can continually grow closer to Him through His Word and by prayer, yet so often we can neglect this Truth… Distractions and busyness come into our lives.

Whatever it may be, my hope is that we would discover God’s ways as we learn more about who He is.

God already knows everything about us, yet He still wants us to talk to Him in prayer and tell Him about our day, our struggles, our needs, etc.

If we really knew Him, we would also know that even in the midst of disappointments, regret, and pain He is still working it all out together for our good (see Romans  8:28). We just have to love Him. We can show our love for Him by seeking Him and knowing that our purpose is found in Him alone.

 


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Preparing for Battle

Truth Sets us FreeLife is a constant battle. Each day we may be up against some kind of adversity. The good news is God doesn’t just leave us to fight our battles on our own. In fact, the final battle has already been won through the death and resurrection of Christ. But this doesn’t mean that now we can just do whatever we want. Yes, Jesus gave us victory, but we are still called to serve Him. We are called to fight! (see Ephesians 6:10-13) And God does not expect us to go out onto the battlefield without a weapon. If we are defenseless what help is that in fighting for His Kingdom? God gives us weapons. It’s up to us to use them.

How did Jesus defeat Satan? He defeated Satan with the Truth. I am referring to the passage in Luke 4:1-13 where Satan is tempting Jesus. Jesus used the Word of God to defend Himself against those attacks. For every lie Satan threw at Jesus, Jesus defeated it with Truth from God’s Word.

 

How did Jesus win? – Using the Word of God

What is in the Word of God? – Love

What does love do? – Casts out all fear

Who causes fear? – Satan

Who defeats Satan? – JESUS

 

When we abide in God’s Word we will know the Truth, and the Truth will set us free (see John 8:31-32). In Christ, through the Word of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit we can break every chain the devil has against us!


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Overcoming Evil with Good

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Romans 12:21 has become one of my favorite bible verses because I like to take the word evil and replace it with actual evils that come up in my own life and actual truths about how I can overcome them.

For instance I like to look at it this way
do not be overcome with fear, but overcome fear with courage,
overcome worry with trust,
overcome guilt with forgiveness,
overcome doubt with confidence,
overcome failure with grace,
overcome lies with truth,
and most importantly do not be overcome by Satan, but overcome Satan (who is all lies) with JESUS CHRIST (who is all TRUTH!)

I have to remind myself constantly. I do not have to be afraid of “evil” (doubt, worry, selfishness, fear, stress, failure, etc.) anymore when God says He has already overcome it. I do not have to feel that all my mistakes make me unworthy and not good enough, because God sent Christ who conquered all that with courage, trust, forgiveness, confidence, grace, and truth!

God always wins His battles – We need Him on our side to fight against the devil. This battle is crazy, and so many times we’re going to get knocked down, but when we learn to trust and rely on God’s strength then we can beat back the lies of the devil! God wins every battle! God is faithful and will protect us and give us strength against every evil we will ever face! (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

Together, I know we can get through this because Jesus defeated sin, death, and hell so our problems will be easy for Him to take care of!


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Letting Go Part 1

let.it.goYou can choose to let your mistakes define you, or you can choose to let it go, move on, and leave the past in the past.

This is where the devil and his lies come in. You see, he wants us to believe that we are not good enough, that we don’t have what it takes, that we are insignificant, but that is NOT TRUE!

He wants us to pretend, he wants us to not be genuine, he wants us living a life hidden behind a mask, disguising who we really are. He wants us to struggle with negative feelings of worry, guilt, doubt, and fear.

BUT we don’t have to be afraid anymore about feeling we are not good enough, we don’t have to be afraid anymore about disappointing others – we just need to let go of those thoughts that are holding us back from our full potential! Those thoughts are only tearing us down, and making us ashamed and afraid. We don’t need that kind of negativity in our lives.

Instead of holding on to lies, I pray you would let go and hold on to who you are in Christ! You are forgiven, accepted, redeemed, loved, significant, valued, good enough, worthy, beautiful, a masterpiece, irreplaceable… I could go on and on about all your positive aspects! Keep being who you really are! It matters, trust me!


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Saved By The Truth

securedownload-24“One lie can overshadow a hundred truths… A single truth can shine thru a million lies”

Unfortunately, it seems that so often we let that one lie get to us. We may think we aren’t good enough, we don’t have what it takes, we will never make a difference. Whatever lie it is we choose to believe it ends up distracting us from our purpose because that one lie we believe can lead to another and another to the point that we really have to dig to uncover the truth.

Fortunately for us Jesus is that single Truth who can break through all those lies. There is no darkness in the Lord.

“The Lord is my light and the One who saves me; I fear no one. The Lord protects my life. I am afraid of no one.” (Psalm 27:1)

Jesus defeats the darkness with His light, and we can be strong and brave, knowing that Jesus will help us see past all the lies of the devil.

When we focus on the Truth of Christ and who He is we can ignore the lies that tend to distract us. I realize that is a lot easier said than done. It can be easy to think okay I will just think about Jesus and center my thoughts on Him and who He says I am, but when it comes down to it, thinking that way all the time isn’t very easy. In fact most things about life brings difficulty. I hope and pray that we can help each other out by encouraging one another to keep on pushing through life’s everyday challenges so we can overcome and see past the darkness and into the Light! The Light is Jesus, and He sets us free from the lies that hold us back!