Friday, September 30, 2016

The Truth WILL Set You Free!

I used to think I could not be attractive to others because I am a short and stocky girl. That is a lie. The truth of the matter is that I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

I used to think that I was a second class Christian because in my life I had messed up. I had been divorced and I had done many things that aren't pleasing to God. The truth of the matter is that everyone is a sinner and that God sent His Son to die for me even though He knew my sins.

I used to be scared of the future because of the uncertainty in my health or my finances or my relationships. The truth of the matter is that God has great plans for me in my future. His plans are not to harm me but to give me hope!

As a Christian I've learned that there is a very real enemy that wants to destroy my life. That is truth. But God, the amazing Creator of our world, reigns supreme over the enemy and have given us the Truth to navigate the lies of the enemy. The Bible says the following about truth:

"You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32

That is one of the most beautiful statements in the Bible in my opinion. Truth matters. Knowing truth matters. When we know truth, it helps us live in victory here in our broken world. Jesus knew the truth. In Matthew 4 Jesus was tempted by Satan. I double dog dare you to read the story! Satan lied to Jesus by distorting the truth, but Jesus fought back with the real truth. And as the Bible says, if you resist the devil he will flee from you. He certainly ran from Jesus when Jesus spoke truth to him.

2 Timothy 3:16 reminds us that all Scripture is inspired by God and it teaches us what is true. I've heard a preacher say before that the Bible is God's Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. That may sound funny, but I do believe it to be the case. A loving Father doesn't let His children live in a broken world without truthful instructions to navigate the broken world.

Have you picked up God's instruction manual today? Maybe you are in the middle of a struggle and you need to pick up the Bible and be reminded of the TRUTH of the matter. The truth will change you. The truth will indeed SET YOU FREE!

Lord, that we would know your Word and live in victory in this world because of it. You are so precious to have given us instructions on how to navigate this broken world. Thank you for telling us truth. Help us to read your Word and do what it says. In the precious name of Jesus - AMEN.

For additional study read and journal/discuss what God tells you in the following scriptures:

  • Matthew 4: 1 - 11
  • John 8: 31-59

Friday, September 23, 2016

He's Simply A Liar

You don’t see it, but it’s there. There is an entire world around us that we can’t see, and it’s full of evil. Truly, I’m not making this up. Just read Colossians 1: 15-17 and Ephesians 6:12.

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.

    He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
for through him God created everything
    in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
    and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
    Everything was created through him and for him.
He existed before anything else,
    and he holds all creation together.

Colossians 1: 15-17

 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6: 10-12

God created the heavenly realms and everything we can’t see. Everything was created through Jesus Christ according to God’s Word. And, based on Ephesians 6:12 there’s a battle begin waged against evil rulers in this unseen world.

Doesn’t this sound like something out of a scary movie?!?! The thought of these scriptures makes me want to sleep with my night light on and check under my bed for monsters and evil creatures every night. I believe God’s Word with all my heart, so these verses can FREAK ME OUT if I focused on them. Evil is real. Evil is around us. Evil fights against us. This is true.

But do you know what else is true? Jesus is Supreme and Lord over all. That too is listed in Colossians 1. He is The Creator and everything is held in place by Him. And, while Satan would love for me to dwell on the fact that he is around me waiting to attack, Jesus would rather me dwell on the truth of the matter. The truth of the matter in Colossians 2 has set me free from worrying about the evil that is around me in the unseen world.

You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. 
Colossians 2: 13-15

Jesus not only forgave our sins on The Cross, but he also conquered Satan AND disarmed him. Did you hear that? Satan and his demons have been defeated and they have no weapons. Well, now – that makes a big difference is our battle with the evils ones. Now I know that they have no weapons I don’t have to be afraid. It actually makes me laugh about it. That dumb Satan is trying to beat me with a pretend sword. Bless his heart.

What does Satan have? Lies. He is the father of lies. He throws lies at us to try to get us to live in fear and rejection and defeat. He whispers stuff in our ears like “your husband doesn’t really love you”, or, “you’ll never get out of debt”, or, “you should give up because you’re a loser”. Whatever your weak spot is that makes you crumble, well Satan will lie to you and make you feel like you are a loser. John 10:10 says that Satan has come to steal, kill and destroy so make no doubt about it. He is attacking you. But, also make no doubt about this: he has already been defeated and disarmed. He is simply a lying loser.

When Satan says, “you’ll never conquer this problem”, our response should be, “I can do all things through Christ and I’m more than a conqueror”.

When Satan says, “you’re not as pretty as those other girls”, our response should be, “I’m fearfully and wonderfully made”.

When Satan says, “this illness is going to end in death”, our response should be, “God’s got GREAT plans for me, plans not to harm me but to give me a hope and a future”.

We need to tell Satan to go to hell. The war has been won, and he has nothing but lies to fight battles with us here. There is NO NEED for us to live in defeat here. We’re on the winning team. I’m reminded of a song.

“Victory is mine. Victory is mine.  Vic-to-ry, is mine!!
I told Satan, get thee behind me. Vic-to-ry, is mine!”

Life is sweet when you know you’re on the wining team. We just need to wear our Team Jesus uniform and live our lives in victory as His daughters and sons. If you’re wondering what His team uniform looks like, well check out Ephesians 6:10-19 and find out how you are to dress each day.

Jesus, thank you for winning the war over Satan on The Cross. I am forever grateful to you for your love and sacrifice for me. I’m so thankful that I can live in victory here on earth as I walk with You. In Your precious name I pray ~ AMEN.

For a deeper study read and journal/discuss:
  • ·        Ephesians 6:10-19
  • ·        Colossians 2:13-15