Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lying Signs The Enemy Wants Us To Believe

Yesterday morning I finished reading a couple devotionals and having not quite 'got' them... (my mind was like a foggy battlefield) I quickly prayed that God would help me apply His word of truth to my life and then headed out on a praise walk... in hopes of stumbling across some inspiration and motivation for the day.

I'd decided to walk the same familiar path I most often take so the girls (our dogs Sparkles & Tilly) could go with me... across the back yard, around the grain bins, down a partially graveled dirt lane... on past the town sewage lagoon and thru the fields belonging to our neighbors...

...But just after I passed by the 'No Trespassing' sign hanging along side of the sewage lagoon fence, I was stopped dead in my tracks... I heard the Spirit Of God whisper, "Go Back". Without even turning around, I took 3-4 steps backwards… knowing inwardly that I was to look closer at that same familiar sign... and I mean I really looked at it.

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The sign was no different. A simple 'No Trespassing' sign that had been shot at numerous times by rebels of some sort not wanting to comply... but just above the sign I saw some words, as if written on the sky in clouds rather than ink, 'The Promises Of God… Are Not Far Away'...

And then in that moment He showed me numerous lying signs the enemy would have me, us to believe.

  • That laying hold of the promises of God is just too hard & probably requires wading through too much sewage... yet God's Word teaches us that 'He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire' - Ps 40:2b and that 'those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.' - Isaiah 40:31
    * In reality I've found that not taking hold of God's promises leaves us wading around in life's slimy cesspool without even realizing it more often than not… and certainly more often than I care to admit :-(
  • That God's promises are un-attainable and not reachable in the here and now... that they'll likely only become a reality later in the sweet by and by... and yet Jesus taught us to pray 'Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.' - Matthew 6:10
  • That if we just fight hard enough (shoot the lying sign with guns and bullets repeatedly), if we try hard enough, do enough good things... etc., etc.... that we can (fill in the blank with whatever your striving or working hard towards)... and yet the Word teaches us in Zachariah that it's ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord' and 'though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does, that the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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 10:3-5 and to 'be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power, that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, that the weapons we fight with are not guns and bullets but rather the full armor of God consisting of a belt of truth, a breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with the readiness to share the gospel, a shield of faith, helmet of salvation, the sword of the spirit (which is the Word Of God) and prayer... all kinds of prayers.' - Ephesians 6:10-18 paraphrased
It absolutely amazes me how quickly in just the blink of an eye that God can show us something that seems so otherwise ordinary and familiar, and yet use it to reveal deep truths and bring a better understanding to my otherwise lifeless un-renewed mind.

So what are lying signs?
Any and every thought (negative or seemingly positive) that doesn't line up and agree with the Word Of God. It's almost as if every time we learn about a promise of God, the enemy immediatly throws up some sort of 'No Trespassing' sign in hopes of preventing us from grabbing ahold and believing it for here and for now, for us, for someone else… and especially for myself...

Better yet what are the promises of God that we believe on for ourselves and use to combat those lying signs?
His Word is full to overflowing with them. For Example:
  • The enemy tells us we're guilty & unpardonable • God's Word promises us grace and mercy and says that In Christ Jesus we are forgiven and are to put on His righteousness
  • The enemy leaves us feeling condemned and unloved • God loves us so much that He gave His son Jesus that we might know true peace and that In Christ I am free from any condemning charges against me
  • The enemy whispers of worry, chaos, fears & heartache • Jesus came that we might know His full measure of joy full to overflowing and that God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.
  • The enemy reminds me of past rejections, hurt and pain • Yet God's word says that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, that I have been chosen, accepted and that In Christ I am a child of God.
  • The enemy says because I am a woman… Disqualified. Disqualified. Disqualified. • Wow... has this been a HUGE lying sign in my life, refuted greatly by the Word preached by Pastor Glen last Sunday at Pittsfield Assembly. If you are a woman I'd highly encourage you to go listen to the message and be encouraged. Thank You Pastor Glen!
  • The enemy / a thought / or sign says • But God's Promise Says!
  • The enemy / a thought / or sign says • But God's Promise Says!
  • The enemy / a thought / or sign says • But God's Promise Says!…

Growth Challenge: Consider more carefully every thought that comes into our mind & take it captive to the obedience of God's Word. What are some of the negative thoughts you have about yourself, others, events, circumstances, etc? What about positive thoughts? Take them all captive. If they don't line up in agreement, then know they are a lying thought or sign per say sent straight from the enemy... refuted not by bullets but by the power and truth of God's Word. Which signs will we believe?

My Walk Back Revealed A Nesting Wren Sitting On 4-5 eggs

I've been watching this momma (and I think the daddy taking turns) for a few weeks now as they carefully and meticulously prepared the nest buried deep within a barberry bush just mere feet from our RV door. As I stopped by to check on them I was reminded of yet more of God's promises…

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“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. - Matthew 6:25-34

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1 comment:

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    I am rambling he
    I am so happy I found you