Over the past few months, God has been opening my eyes to seasons past where I was believing lies.
I am an over thinker. This can be wonderful in some ways, and not such a good thing in others.
I also have a tendency to pay too much attention to the doubts swimming around my head. I am my own worst critic.
Maybe you can relate.
I’m learning the importance of recognizing the doubts and fears for what they really are: lies.
Satan is called the father of lies.
Listen to how Matthew 8:44 describes him.
“He couldn’t stand the truth because there wasn’t a shred of truth in him. When the Liar speaks, he makes it up out of his lying nature and fills the world with lies.”
In Lauren Daigle’s song Dry Bones, she says, “One by one the enemy has whispered lies and led them off as slaves”
There is no truth in his nature. Lies are his primary weapon. They do so much damage to you and your destiny.
And they have a snowball effect, little-by-little they build up. His lies start small. You don’t just wake up one day thinking that you’re worthless. It’s a downward spiral where you believe one lie, then another, then another, until he gets to your core. And attacks your very worth.
He’s out to attack the very core of who you are- your identity.
And he knows that if he can get you to believe his lies, they have an immobilizing effect on you.
He tries to sow doubt in your soul. The very first lie that happened in the garden was strategically phrased so as to plant doubt.
“Did God really say…?”
He wants to sow in you disbelief of what’s really true. He wants you to doubt what God really says about who you are.
Here’s just a handful.
“Did God really say you have a purpose and a calling?”
“Did God really say He would always be with you?”
“Did God really say you were gifted?”
“Did God really say you have worth?”
Lies hold you back.
But the truth liberates you.
One such lie that will hold you back, is for him to get you to believe that you haven’t really come that far. That you haven’t grown. That you were just fooling yourself when you thought that God had done something big in your heart. That you aren’t really all that different from the person that you were last month, or last year.
Satan tries to get you back to the old you.
Remember this: If you weren’t a child of God, if you were still that person that you used to be in the past, Satan would not be trying so hard to get you to doubt your identity in God. He would be leaving you alone. But if you are a child of God, Satan is threatened by you. Because he knows that you have the incredible potential to change the atmosphere of this culture!
If you believe the lie that you haven’t come very far in your journey with God, you are taking yourself back to the place where God first delivered you from.
If you believe that you’re the same person that you used to be, you’ll keep living like that old version of yourself. Making the same decisions and missing out on the immeasurably more that God has for you. (1 Corinthians 2:9).
The children of Israel were tripped up by this problem. They kept looking back to what they left behind.
It caused them to linger in the wilderness. And a full generation missed the promised land entirely! A journey that was only supposed to take 11 days, ended up taking 40 years!
There’s nothing wrong with looking back to celebrate what God has brought you out of. The problem is when you look back with longing for what you left behind, or if you are feeling like you don’t deserve anything better than your past. That’s a destructive lie.
A great way for the enemy to get you to hit a roadblock in your spiritual journey, is for him to get you to doubt how far God has brought you.
Don’t look back to Eygpt. Satan will always try to get you to look back to what you left behind. The old life.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
C.S. Lewis said:
“There are far better things ahead than any we ever leave behind.”
Sometimes shame is the tool that Satan will use to get you to go back. He wants you to believe that you don’t deserve the life that God has given you today. So you go back. Or you linger like the Israelites in the wilderness.
Living in the fruitless desert when God wants to give you the abundant promised land.
I want to encourage you to watch the voices you’re letting influence you.
I hope you run toward the destiny that God has for you, free of bondage and baggage.
That is why I am so passionate about exposing the lies of the devil, and sharing the truth that God has opened up my eyes to.
“Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” Hebrews 21:1-3
I want to encourage you to press on. Go after God with no chains from the past holding you back.
Live loved, friends!