Spirit of Truth, Believer of Lies

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:17 NIV

from my reading today with some small changes.

Our insecurities are simply the lies we have believed about ourselves our entire lives. The prison we lock ourselves in is made up of the lies we hold on to and negative self-talk. You have been told you are not smart enough, good enough, or pretty enough. An ex hurt you, and you believe no one can be trusted. You don’t like the way you look. If we believe a lie long enough, our words will reflect that lie, and pretty soon so will our actions. Eventually we will begin to believe the lie as truth. Our perception of ourselves, what we believe about ourselves, is the reality in which we live. So in order to live in freedom, we must make sure we are living in truth and not believing lies.
“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (John 14:6). Jesus is the Truth, and a relationship with Him is the only way we will ever know true freedom.
You may already have a relationship with Jesus. Perhaps you’ve been following Him for some time, you go to church, occasionally read the Word, and live a generally good life. Yet, many people with a relationship with Jesus are still struggling to break free from the insecurities in their life. Having a relationship with Jesus is simply just a start. To continue growing we must use his resources. The number one resource we have is His Word. Sadly, many Christ-followers either aren’t in the Word on a regular basis, or if they are, simply check it off as another to-do. So start today by putting 100% faith in God. Amen

Self Made Prisoner

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:10 NIV

I am reading a bible study focused on insecurities by Anna Light. Much if this is from today’s reading. We all suffer in one way or another with insecurity, some more than others.

Webster’s dictionary defines insecurity as: not confident or sure, uncertain, not adequately guarded or sustained, not firmly fastened or fixed. This definition reveals a great deal about insecure behavior. What do people do when they lack confidence? They are untrusting. What if they are not sure, uncertain, or doubtful? They are cautious and held back. What if they don’t feel protected? They attack!!!

Insecurity is a personal prison we ALLOW around us. It isolates us from healthy relationships because we believe the lie that we are alone. This prison is built by past failures, addictions, verbal, emotional or physical abuse, fear, pride. From the outside we may look normal. We smile, act the part, try to fit in… but inside we are worried, timid, frightened, scared, doubt that at any moment someone might see behind the mask. See who we really are.

The devil will do everything he can to keep you in bondage to insecurity. He wants you focused on the wrong things, and to be stagnant in your faith. The enemy doesn’t want us free. He wants us in bondage to our insecurities.

Bondage is any THOUGHT or ACTION that limits our freedom, and someone struggling with bondage to insecurity often displays a pattern, being no real sense of identity, which makes it easy to believe lies, leading to an unrealistic fear of what other people think, as well as doubting others often.

Insecurities ruin the most sacred relationships in our lives, we let it keep us from loving freely, from accomplishing our dreams, from the amazing life God designed for us. PUT GOD FIRST AND TRUST IN HIM AND YOU CAN GET OUT OF YOUR PRISON. AMEN.

Please God, live for him and not other things.

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Galatians 1:10 NIV

Who do you live to please? I love the last sentence, If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. That is powerful. There are so many ways we please others over Christ but moreover I think its when we put value into things that truly dont matter. Like, how much money you have or make, or what you look like, or your job title at work, what kind of car you drive, what brand of clothes and shoes you wear, all those things. Now it’s not wrong to want those things, however it is an issue when those things are what give you value. Meaning you feel less of a persons without them things or without looking a certain way. I know I used to be like that. I missed so many days of school because I didnt like how I looked, I was living to please others worrying about what they thought as if it really mattered but to me all my value and all my worth rested on that. Today no more, I still want the best and wish for it all but none of it make me happy or who I am. None of it gives me value or worth. I gain all of that through Jesus. I walk taller now than I ever have. Amen.

Be set Free

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
John 8:36 NIV

do you care more about what others think or more about what God thinks? Have you found a false sense of security in your insecurity? Do you want to be free? How badly do you want it? In the gospel of John jesus encounters a man paralyzed for his life and God chose to ask him, do you want to get well? Why? Would it not be obvious that he would or did Jesus know that we can become comfortable in our own misery, within our own insecurities. We become so afraid to step out in faith that we stay wrapped up in what makes us hurt. Insecurities! So ask yourself this;
Do you want to be free from your insecurities? How much do you want it? If yes, then turn it over to God. Lift them to him and let him take the wheel. If you can not identify what your insecurities are, ask your loved ones, they endure them along side you. Amen.

Repent and be Free!

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
Acts 3:19 NIV

Repentance is the changing of our mind and soul so deeply that it changes our personality from the core. When we turn to Christ, He makes us brand new, giving us the grace to live like Him.

This issue repentance, is a huge issue. It’s one of the most impactful reasons why Christian’s are kept from the full glory of Christ. We are called to come to the Lord, repent and we will be forgiven. Unfortunately most do not repent. Christians pretend all is well and there is nothing, but when we do repent and I mean repent. The change that comes over you will be supernatural. Your heart, soul, and very being will be lifted on high. Yesterday while at church I repented, asked God for forgiveness, my frustrations we getting to the point the controlled my attitude. I was short and abrasive with my kids. I cant blame anyone but myself. I asked God to fill me with his joy in all situations at all times. It is up to me accept the joy in those times of frustration. I repented and I feel free. Amen.