April 26, 2016

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Thought to share: I think good thoughts toward you. MY intentions are good. And I have good and wonderful plans for you. That’s why you don’t need to worry. You don’t need to come to ME with a list of concerns or needs each day. Just come and love ME. Be with ME. Sit in MY Presence and trust that I will be good to you and will do good for you. Always.

Psalm 139:17-18 (NLT) How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, You are still with me!
Psalm 40:5 (NLT) O LORD my God, You have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all Your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.

April 19, 2016

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Thought to share: Lean in to ME. I’ve got you. You’re safe with ME. Nothing can penetrate MY arms. Nothing can find you here. I AM your safe haven. I AM your place of rest. You don’t need to strive. Just relax and draw your strength from ME.

Isaiah 41:10 (NLT) Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.
Psalm 28:7 (NLT) The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

April 12, 2016

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Thought to share:Do you know how much I love you? Do you realize how much I care for you? Do you know I love you individually – not just in the context of “everyone”. It’s you I adore. It’s you that I long to talk to and share MY heart with. You are the one who has captured MY heart. You are beautiful to ME and I AM in love with you. And this will never change. Meditate on this and let the reality of this truth sink into you soul.
Jeremiah 31:3 (The Message) I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!
Malachi 3:6a (NLT) I am the LORD, and I do not change.

April 5, 2016

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Thought to share: Don’t forget that life – your existence –  is found in ME. Nothing else. I AM the One who makes your life beautiful. I AM the One who brings you satisfaction and contentment. I AM the One who gives you peace. And it is MY pleasure and joy to give you all these things in abundance because I love you deeply. Draw your life from ME and see how wonderful it becomes.

Acts 17:28 (NLT) For in Him we live and move and exist.
Psalm 149:4 (Amp) For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.

The devil gets a headache?!

I was scrolling through Facebook recently and saw this:

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Can I tell you how much I despise this meme? This saying? This thought – concept – idea?! I detest it because it’s a lie.

So let’s just clear this up right now. The enemy doesn’t care if you carry a Bible. That doesn’t affect him. Neither does opening it. And I can assure you he hasn’t fainted because you’re reading it. In fact, I’m pretty sure he’s very active when you’re reading the Bible; sitting right next to you, whispering lies, harassing you and working to distract you.

And while he hates to see you living in obedience to God’s Word, it will not make him flee. If that were true, we would never fight any battles, right? If that were true, then living in obedience to God’s Word would prevent the enemy from ever being able to get near you. If this saying is true, then you would never encounter the enemy when you live in obedience.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that some of the fiercest attacks come when I am living in obedience to God’s Word and following His directives for my life. I find that when I am living out the will of God and applying Truth to my life, the enemy comes at me full force.

So the saying on this meme just doesn’t make any sense. None of it has any scriptural basis to it. And the thought of the devil having a headache is just silly.

I’m pretty sure the enemy wrote this clever, little saying in an attempt to deceive us into thinking that carrying and opening the Bible would be enough to restrain him. Or that obedience is what it takes to evict him from our life.

The enemy’s purpose in this catchy tidbit is to cunningly influence our thinking. he wants us to question and accuse Abba for the difficulties we experience as we live obediently and never give him a second thought – because he should have fainted and been inactive long ago – right? And, as often as some of us read the Word of God, the enemy ought to stay perpetually woozy, moving in and out of a state of consciousness. So the complications, difficulties, frustrations, problems and chaos must be God – right? Because the enemy is out cold……

he drops these little, deceptive nuggets into our thoughts so that we never do what is actually needed to evict him and drive him away. So that we continue to adhere to an ineffective method of dealing with him. So that we never recognize his activity in our life. So that we assume that he has been dealt with.

And obviously he has succeeded because this witty saying has circled the globe because we have shared it. And we would never share anything we don’t believe or think is true. And what we believe or think is true shapes our actions and choices. How we think determines how we live.

The Truth is, two things must happen with consistency in order for the enemy to flee. And we find both of these things in James 4:7 (Amp) So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.

  • Submission. The first step to evicting the enemy is to submit to God. We’ve got to live in humility. Living humbly means we recognize and acknowledge that we must have Him at the center of everything we are and everything we do. It means we are constantly looking to Abba for wisdom and direction. It’s knowing that we can’t do anything without Him.

Obedience is important – but let’s be real; sometimes our obedience is simply going through the motions. It’s only when we obey from a submissive and humble heart that an impact is made. It’s all about the position of our heart.

  • Resist. This means we actively push back against the enemy, standing firm in the position of Truth, refusing to be moved. In order for the enemy to flee, we have to fight back. It’s more than obedience, it’s aggression. he flees not because we passively live in obedience but because we aggressively address his activity in our circumstances.

And this aggressive behavior is done by speaking the Word – out loud. The enemy cannot read your thoughts. So if you’re going to evict him and drive him away, you’re going to need to pull out the Sword of the Spirit and use the authority of Jesus to address the enemy’s activity in your life. Speak verses that directly apply to your situation – relentlessly. Speak them with confidence and authority. As you do this, you’ll find the enemy cannot stay in the atmosphere you create and he will run. he can’t live in that environment. (Matthew 4:4)

So let’s reject this lie, change how we think and apply Truth. This will be the new meme:

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Why don’t you share this one and spread it around? As followers of Jesus, we’ll be much better equipped and successful if we live this way.

I think I’m going to start a new blog category “Can we stop saying that?!” and debunk all the silly, un-Scriptural things we as followers of Jesus say. Be on the look-out.

 

NOTE: When I write, I always use lower case letters for the enemy’s name and the pronouns referring to him.  I can’t bring myself to dignify his existence with a capital letter.