Thursday, August 22, 2013

lies of deception....

I'm always sad when its time to leave our church, and go home, as it is when I am in church that I feel HIS presence the most.  It is where I feel the most safe, and can feel HIS strength running through me.  I try and keep that feeling with me the rest of my week, however like clock work come Monday morning I feel defeated once again, and sometimes I feel as if though I'm barely surviving the week.

GOD is currently taking me down a path of revealing all of the lies that Satan has been telling me.  HE is doing this so that I will have true freedom, and will be able to live the rest of my days with joy and peace in my heart.  HIS Daily Teachings today was to uncover the lies of deception that I have allowed in my heart. Once again HE has brought me to my knees.  HE has revealed things to me, I never even knew that I was being deceived about   HE also revealed to me how at times I have been the one who has been deceiving.

In "Praying GOD'S Word" Beth Moore writes how to recognize the lies of deception in our lives.  I was floored as I read the fifteen examples she wrote out.  I not only recognized them in my life, but in other's as well.  I am overwhelmed at how much I have allowed Satan's lies of deception in my life.

LIE #1 ~ I can never be victorious over this compulsion, I've had it too long
HIS TRUTH! ~ I can do anything through CHRIST as HE gives me the strength! Phil 4:13

LIE #2 ~ I can't help the mess I am in.  I am caught.  There's nothing I can do about it.
HIS TRUTH! ~ HE can, will, and does transform my heart, soul, and mind all I have to do is ask! I must repent of my sins, and HE will free me!  I must seek HIM earnestly every single day!

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm,then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1

LIE #3 ~ It may be a stronghold, but I really need it to get by.

HIS TRUTH! ~ CHRIST IS ENOUGH FOR ME!  HE is all I need!  HE can, will, and does meet all of my needs abundantly!  

"And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

LIE #4 ~ I am absolutely worthless, I am a failure.

HIS TRUTH! ~  I am exactly the way HE intended.  I am not a failure, I am a sinner, I must confess, and repent, and I will be forgiven.  

"Since you are precious and honored in my sight,and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life." Isaiah 43:4

LIE #5 ~ I'm in control here.  This is not controlling me.

HIS TRUTH! ~ HE doesn't want me in control, as my ways are NOT HIS ways.  HE wants me to let go... and let HIM teach, lead, and guide me through every single moment of my life.  I can't overcome anything without HIM.  HE is who will set me free from my strongholds.  

Throughout my time with HIM this morning HE kept directing me back to the same scripture, and in my "need" to control, HE is letting me know that I am NOT in control and so I am sharing the scripture once again with you!

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm,then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1

LIE #6 ~ This isn't doing me any  harm.  I can handle it.
HIS TRUTH! ~ HE has let me know that anything that I am keeping a secret from HIM or anyone else is not GOD honoring, and therefore I must rid myself of it from my life.  I must not be fooled by the lies of deception that Satan uses through the flesh.  I must choose to be GOD honoring in every area of my life.  I must tell myself NO, and say YES to GOD!

"But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Luke 11:28

LIE #7 ~ I'll know just when to stop.
HIS TRUTH! ~ I am weak without HIM!  I can't break free from anything without HIM!  I was created to do things on my own, I was created to be dependant on HIM.

"You are worthy, our Lord and God,to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things,and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelations 4:11

LIE #8 ~ After all I have been through I deserve this.
HIS TRUTH! ~ GOD doesn't want me to depend on anything but HIM!  HE wants me to acknowledge HIM in every area of my life, and lean on HIM and seek HIS knowledge.  HE wants me to follow HIM, and let HIM direct my path for my life.  HE wants me to know that HIS plans for my life are far greater than anything I could imagine.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

" For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

LIE #9 ~ There is nothing wrong with this relationship.  People just don't understand us.
HIS TRUTH! ~ any that is in secret is NOT from GOD!  Anything that I am to be ashamed of someone finding out is NOT from GOD!  Anything that keeps me in hiding is NOT from GOD.  HE is the key to my prison, and HIS truth will set me free.

This is an area where I suffered in my childhood.  I was told repeatedly growing up, "People wouldn't understand us, and I could go to jail, do you want me to go to jail?"  I remember crying, and pleading to please stop hurting me, and to just be someone who loved me without all the other stuff.  I remember every time I got a glimpse of how things should be, I would tell him, and he would quickly come up with a way to distort what I had learned.  I know now that he lived and breathed the lies of deception that Satan had placed in his life.  I am thankful as my loving FATHER has been revealing to me that HE was indeed there during my "darkest hours" showing me hope, and sending me a message that "help" was on the way.  I am thankful that HE rescued me when HE did.

LIE #10 ~ Everyone thinks these kind of thoughts most of the time.  I'm only human
HIS TRUTH! ~ while I may be human, it doesn't give me the right to be anything less than GOD honoring.  HE has called me to be pure in my thoughts and to have a heart like HIS.  I must seek HIM daily and ask HIM to create in me clean heart.

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Philippians 4:8

LIE #11 ~  GOD may work for other people, but HE doesn't work for me.
HIS TRUTH! ~ I was made by HIM for HIM, and HE is in my life whether I realize it or not.  I am learning that HE can, will, and does work for me, in me, and through me for HIS purpose.  

"for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose." Philippians 2:13

LIE #12 ~ I'll just have to wait till Heaven to get over this.  Real victory is impossible on earth.
HIS TRUTH! ~ NOTHING is impossible for HIM!  HE can, will, and does bring me victory in my life when I seek HIM earnestly!  HE will break me free from my strongholds when I allow HIM to transform and renew my mind.  I know that by allowing HIM to renew my mind I will be more like HIM, and thus I will help HIM bring HIS kingdom of Heaven here to earth.  This I believe is HIS purpose for my life, and yours.  HE is seeking after us daily, and waiting for us to repent, and submit, so that HIS good works can be made through us, and HIS purpose will be fulfilled.

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship." Romans 12:1

" being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."  Philippians 1:6

LIE #13 ~ GOD can't possibly fill the void in my life, I need something more.
HIS TRUTH! ~ HE is the only one who can fill the void in my life.  HE is our creator, and without HIM we wouldn't even be here.  I must allow HIM in every area of my life, so that I will be able to receive HIS blessings in my life.  True peace and happiness can only come from HIM.

" Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27

LIE #14 ~ I am to emotionally handicapped to ever be o.k.

"The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." Psalm 18:2

The story of how I first heard this verse is very special to me, as GOD intervened in my life during prayer ministry training.  Our leader told us to close our eyes, and wait for a vision, scripture, or a word to speak to the person that she chose for us to pray over.  I was panicked as I didn't know how I would hear from HIM.  Thankfully I didn't have to go first, but rather my partner did, and she read this very verse to me.  At the time I didn't realize just what HE was saying to me, but I do now.  HE knew I was about to go through some of my "darkest hours" of my life, and that within the next week I would learn that I would suffer another miscarriage.  HE knew that my world would be shook upside down, and I would fall hard, and fast.  HE knew and HE was sending HIS message for hope in my life.  Sadly, I wouldn't be ready to receive it till almost two years later.  

However, as cool as GOD is in my life, it is now my favorite Psalm, and is currently the picture on the blog.  The picture is actually my bible, that my daughters and I took, and then edited it to have water running through HIS word.  The blog picture is very special to me, as my thirst for HIm is unquenchable, and it is was keeps me seeking HIM daily.

LIE #15 ~ It's hopeless... I'm hopeless...
HIS TRUTH! ~ NOTHING is impossible for GOD.  I know that because I have GOD in my life, I have hope.  There is NOTHING to fear as HE is with me always.  I know that in my sorrow and pain HE hold me.  HE reminds me of this daily through songs, and memories of my journey with HIM.

The song  "You Hold Me Now" by Hillsong United is one that I hold very near and dear to my heart.  It is the song that I cling to whenever life's circumstances become all too much to bear.  When I am feeling defeated, I sing this song, and I can feel HIM holding me, and catching every tear. 

Today I am feeling overwhelmed by how much HE has revealed to me about the lies of deception in my life.  Today I am clinging to HIS words, and HIS promise's to me.  Today I am meditating on what HIS word says about me, and what HIS plans are for me.  Today I am seeking peace in HIM.

I pray today that you will seek HIM to show you the lies of deception in your own life.  I pray today that you will allow HIM to renew and transform your heart.  I pray today that you find  peace in HIM.


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