"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10
So, yesterday while I was minding my own business, eating some delicious chewy sweet tarts and cleaning the kitchen (and even humming happily as I wiped the counter down) this little lie popped into my head out of no where. It was totally random, totally unexpected and it caught me off guard enough to stop what I was doing so that I could think about what I had just heard (in my head...no, I am not crazy)lol. The little lie really came out of left field and in this particular instance it was regarding my marriage.
It was just a simple little lie, but it was the enemies classic effort to plant a seed of discouragement and fear. We hear those little lies in our heads all the time don't we. Maybe you are overweight and the lie that creeps into your head is that you will never be able to get your weight under control. The lie might tell you that you aren't good enough or beautiful enough, or that you are unlovable, that you will never succeed, that you will never heal or recover of loss, pain, depression, illness or financial troubles, You might hear a lie that God would never want you because you aren't good enough just as you are. You might hear a lie that your gifts or talents will never be special or as useful as that persons. You might hear a lie about your marriage, spouse, or boyfriend or girlfriend. Maybe at some point you have even heard the lie that you are better off dead. The enemy is quite crafty and he knows how to speak the lies that will cut each of us deeply. He loves to knock us off course and leave us wounded. He truly enjoys when we focus on unhealthy things that rob us of our joy.
Something that I have learned but, that I have to continue to train myself in, is that the best way for me to kick the lie's butt (and the enemies) is to first know the truth about my worth in Christ so that I can battle the lie with the truth and secondly to share it with a trusted friend and then pray together and thus get it out of my head where it can fester and grow. It took me a long time to recognize this. I used to try and sort through everything on my own because I didn't want to share my weaknesses or my fears with anyone else and I didn't want someone to take advantage of my vulnerability or to misunderstand me. Lies somehow seem to lose their power over us when we speak them out and then hand them over to the Lord in prayer. The enemy would much rather we keep things to ourselves and suffer them out alone. Don't let him win or steal your joy!
Just before heading to bed to edit the heaps of wedding pictures that I am working on and before my hubby could fade off into man, video game land, I asked him if I could pray with him. My guy is awesome and of course said yes. So I prayed out loud with him and rebuked the lie and my hubby agreed with me and in the end only peace remained. God's perfect peace. The peace that comes from knowing the truth of God's faithfulness, mercy, grace, love and protection over my life, my husband's life, our marriage and our family. Bottom line; God has never failed me but, the enemy would love it if I would forget that essential fact because then he could wreak havoc on my life. Bottom line; God wins...so move along enemy, just move right on along.:)
Perhaps this made no sense to you at all..lol, so to conclude let me just remind each of you (men, women and children) of this, the God who wove together the universe and everything in it, wove you together and knows you better than anyone and loves you with a passionate love that cannot be matched or found anywhere else on this Earth. The truth is that you are beautiful and your value is priceless, no matter what your weight, your color, your past or future mistakes or shortcomings, your gifts, your talents, on good days and on bad, you are God's most treasured creation!
If any of you ever need prayer or someone to share something with please feel free to contact me. I am only to happy to be an ear and to help you kick some enemy butt!
"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Ephesians 2:10