Why do we allow Satan’s voice to interrupt our joy so easily?
How many times have you walked out of Bible study where you just had 2 hours of God’s love and truth poured into your thirsty hearts and spirits, and you started feeling oogie about the comment you shared in group.
Or when was the last time you were jammin’ to some Christian tunes and an ugly thought popped into your head about the fight you had that morning and suddenly, you’re angry again.
What about when you walked to your car after a great church service and noticed that the woman walking in front of you looked 10x better than you do in those jeans, and suddenly you felt ugly and unlovable.
Dang it, dang it, dang it!
I know the Truth, but some days it can be so easily wiped away with… a lie.
To be honest, I am tired of entertaining these negative messages that have been strategically designed to take me out of the game. You, too?
Luckily, God offers us a solution.
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
We do it.
We are the ones who have to be intentional in stopping that train of thought. Sisters, it’s us. You and me. But just how do we do that?
- When those self-loathing thoughts try to land, speak out loud who you are in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3-8)
- When you are bombarded by messages that you are not valuable, remind yourself you are established by God. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
- When you feel unaccepted, remember that you are God’s child. (John 1:12)
- When your friends seem few and far between and you are lonely, know that you are a friend of Jesus. (John 15:15)
- When you believe you can’t do it, know that with Him you can do anything. (Philippians 4:13)
The biggest battlefield is our mind. And when we allow our thought-life to spiral out of control… when we entertain the Enemy’s lies about who we are… we are setting ourselves up for certain disaster.
We need to counteract those lies with the Truth.
I am significant, valuable and important.
What I think, need and want matters.
I am loved and accepted.
Listen… don’t allow the author of lies to steal your joy another day.
When his fiery arrows fly your direction, counterattack by speaking these truths out loud. Recite Scripture. Pray for perspective.
When you do… the Enemy will fail and you will prevail.
REALITY CHECK: Protect your thought-life from the lies of the Enemy. He’s out to destroy your joy.
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