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Original post @ https://odb.org/US/2021/07/10/believing-truth
Lies with Truth
Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Today’s Scripture & Insight:
I set my Bible on the podium and stared at the eager faces waiting for me to begin the message. I’d prayed and prepared. Why couldn’t I speak?
You’re worthless. No one will ever listen to you, especially if they know your past. And God would never use you. Seared into my heart and mind, these words spoken in various ways over my life ignited a decade-long war against the lies I so easily believed. Though I knew the words weren’t true, I couldn’t seem to escape my insecurities and fears. So I opened my Bible.
Turning to Proverbs 30:5, I inhaled and exhaled slowly before reading out loud. “Every word of God is flawless,” I read, “he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” I closed my eyes as peace overwhelmed me, and I began to share my testimony with the crowd.
Many of us have experienced the paralyzing power of negative words or opinions others have of us. However, God’s words are “flawless,” perfect and absolutely sound. When we’re tempted to believe spirit-crushing ideas about our value or our purpose as God’s children, God’s enduring and infallible truth protects our minds and our hearts. We can echo the psalmist who wrote: “I remember, Lord, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them” (Psalm 119:52).
Let’s combat lies we’ve accepted about God, ourselves, and others by replacing negative speak with Scripture.
By: Xochitl Dixon
Reflect & Pray
What lies have you believed? What verses in the Bible have helped you see God, yourself, and others through the truth of Scripture?
Loving Father, please help me to prayerfully study Scripture as You help me view life through the lens of Your truth.
P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !! If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ?? Here is the truth about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… https://godsmanforever.com
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
You say you are a “born again” believer…BUT is your soul “ON FIRE” for the Lord ?? If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/
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WOW!! This is like someone read my life back in the early eighties!! I sinned, yep, I hurt a lot of people and I was told I would NEVER be able to be used again by the Lord. Yet in the midst of my sin, I knew I was doing wrong and cried out to God, once again! He heard me. It took moving from that influence into an area the Lord Himself led and then meeting a Pastor who was a complete stranger to tell me, God WANTED to use me for something great!
It’s easy to believe the lies, it’s so easy when you have stumbled. But the Lord ALWAYS picks you up again and it doesn’t always come from where you would expect! Now I can look back and truly say that is the past and God surely used it to broaden my understanding of His grace and mercy so that I can relay that to others who NEED the same Word! We truly DO serve and awesome God! Praise His name!!
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