This is a growing community (Thank you, Jesus!), so please don't feel that you have to visit every single person that links up. We are all on a time budget. That being said, I do invite you to pray and ask God which blogs to visit simply because there may be words for you left in that place or words that God has given you to share to those specific people. And, while you are there, as you write in the comments of another's blog, would you offer up a prayer for them? (If you would like to be on the email list for reminders and prayer requests, please let me know in the comments.)
Today in my class, we learned to beware of the lies, those pesky and hurtful and distracting words that the enemy throws at us to keep us away from God, to keep us from living into the fullness of what we are created to be, to keep us from being lights in dark places. To learn more about what God's voice sounds like, we learned a bit of what He DOESN'T sound like.
|God does not condemn you.|
I knew it wasn't God voice talking to me because the words didn't move me into relationship with Him.Accusations don't move us closer to God.
Extended guilt-trips don't move us closer to God.
You always/You never...statements don't move us closer to God.
Words that we feel we have to bury in our hearts and not let them out to see the light of day don't move us closer to God.
Words that contradict God's character don't move us closer to God.
Words that contradict scripture don't move us closer to God.
When God speaks to us, it is to draw us near, not to push us away, even when He whispers words that bring conviction. Yes, He wants us to repent, but He also wants to extend forgiveness and grace. Even in the repentance, He simply wants us to be rid of the sin that is separating us from Him.
I've noticed in my own life that I have these tape recordings in my head that automatically start to play whenever I realize I've fallen short/not done the right thing/not measured up, etc. The enemy often seizes the opportunity to kick me when I'm already down. The ones that have been on the highlight reel lately have been these:
Why do you think you deserve to rest when you don't even have a paying job anymore?
How could you say "no" to helping with that? You're not doing very much right now.
You will never be enough to...
But the thing is that I have the power and I can make the choice to throw those tapes away. I'm trading them in for new tapes so the old ones don't have room to move back in. New tapes, you say. Yep, solid, firm words from the Bible. Here are some snippets:
"The LORD will fight for you; you need only be still." Exodus 14:14, NIV
"Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, 'This is the way, walk in it,' whether to the right or to the left." Isaiah 30:21, NLT
"Mostly what God does is love you."
Ephesians 5: 1-2, The Message
Who is ready to trade in their old tapes??