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The enemy uses many tools against us to try to distract us from God’s vision for our lives. Many of us, without realizing it, have at various times been disillusioned by these lies from our enemy. We’ve given in to offense, people‐pleasing, self‐absorption, focus on the past, the easy road, the noise of the enemy, discouragement, the treasures of the world, reliance on our own works, or weariness.
Whenever God is asking us to embrace a new season, it can often feel frightening or confusing. But we do not need to be afraid, because He is always with us, always leading the way, and His plans for us are always and only good.
It’s not always easy to discern which thoughts are ours and which ones come from the devil. Here are a few tests I rely on to help me discern the source of the thoughts in my head.
Near the beginning of biblical history, we find a man known for friendship with God. We do not know much about the life of Enoch, but we do know that “after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters” (Gen. 5:22). It seems that, at the age of 65, when Enoch’s son Methuselah was born, Enoch experienced a personal revival.
I have a tendency to allow my phone to be a source of distraction. One morning I was sitting up in my bed checking every possible social media app. I read comments, made comments and liked multiple things, then it was on to reading all the latest news updates.
I have always been an animal lover, especially cats. While my three kids were growing up I allowed each of them to have their own cat, and as you can imagine each cat had its own unique personally.
We all experience times in our lives when we sense God leading us deeper into Himself, taking us in new directions, and asking us to surrender once again. These times are so important, because they determine the course of our lives.
When I was about 16, I went on the wrong spiritual path. I gave into peer pressure and for a bit yielded to the pressures of this present world. But you know, when you've been raised with God or if you have a praying parent you can't go too far with out being drawn back. You know that right? Or, if you have never encountered the living Jesus - He is right now standing at the door of your heart and He is knocking. I pray you open up and receive His goodness.
...I think I was taught some religion along the way. If you sinned you had to pray a certain amount of prayers to be forgiven. If you wanted God to be happy with you you had to work really hard at pleasing Him. I have been born again for almost 43 years and it never ceases to amaze me how that same religious mind set kicked in today because of what happened yesterday.
The word of God is filled with positive affirmations. God is an encourager and desires that you blossom into all He has created you to be. He formed you. He knows you. He knows what you are capable of. He knows the gifts He placed in your heart. It's all there. So what do we do when we...just can't?