tricksy, I say!

If the devil can get you to question or doubt God’s character than you’ve moved into a very dangerous place.  If you think about it, that’s exactly what the snake did to Eve in the Garden of Eden – question God’s motives and character.  Consider this:  God is love, so God is always loving.  When we think that God is sometimes unfaithful, unreliable or not helping us, then we’ve already eaten the apple with which the snake was tempting Eve.  Some things about God that never change, regardless of how we feel or what we’re going through:  God is love, all-powerful, ever-present, our Helper, all-knowing and steadfast.  Don’t fall for any decptions that might cause you to think differently about who God is in your life! 🙂

reality check

My family had a really wonderful Christmas break full of fun, snuggling, coziness, time, laughing, great food and a well needed exhale.  I’m extremely happy that God gives us exactly what we need, when we need it!  As an interesting side note, one of my kids had to do some extra school work for catching up in class.  This child seemed to think that putting in 20% effort would be enough to squeeze by.  Needless to say after checking this homework, I helped this child to have an education revelation related to effort, quality and general work ethic 🙂

I’m learning a lot from my kids that I probably should have learned much earlier in my life – but alas, better late than never!  So here’s a great lesson from the education revelation over Christmas break:

I’d rather deal with the pain that can come from truth than the destruction than can come from deception.

you buy it, you carry it!

When I was growing up, I remember a family vacation where my dad bought these giant copper pots because they were cheap & he wanted to use them as decoration in our house.  Nevermind that we were in Egypt & that we’d have to carry these monstrosities on various planes, through airports, security, etc.  After this experience, we made a family rule, “you buy it, you carry it.” 

This rule makes me think that sometimes we buy into the lies that the devil tells us & then wind up carrying his junk.  Don’t buy these lies, so you don’t have to carry the luggage J

a sneaky trap

I read this morning about Adam & Eve getting tricked by the serpent in the Garden of Eden.  I found it interesting to consider that the serpent tried to create a doubt in Eve’s mind about the goodness and intentions of God.  In the serpent’s conversation with Eve, he made it sound like God was holding out on something good by not allowing them to eat from this one particular tree.

I find this to be an interesting trap that the devil continues to use on us to this day – that when God says “no” to something, that God is holding back something good from us.  Let’s consider that if God says no to a situation or request that we’ve made, God has something better than what we would’ve settled for.  When God says “no”, we can trust that God is protecting us from something awful and has something significantly better in mind for us 🙂

something from my recent small group

This last Sat, I had my small group study & we’re watching a video series.  This last Sat was our 2nd video & one of my friends was walking by & commented about how pink the color of the picture was on the TV.  I thought his comment was funny & said that it was this pink last week – “Was it supposed to be a different color?”, I asked.  He explained that the pink was definitely a color aberration.  So we both looked around at the DVD player & noticed that the blue plug was unplugged from the back of the player.  When he plugged it in, suddenly the color on the TV screen lost the overpowering pink tones and cleared up into a more normal scheme.  I laughed because I would have just kept on watching the pink DVD & thought nothing of a color problem.

So here’s my point:  I think that if we don’t allow the Holy Spirit to express Himself in our lives, we’ll walk around in deception, thinking that a “pink” life is normal.  The reason I say this is because one of the first descriptions that Jesus gives of the Holy Spirit, is the Spirit of truth (John 14:16-17).  One of the greatest needs in my life is for the Holy Spirit to immunize me from self-deception because I can most certainly throw out some very convincing self-deception schemes.  I want to love Truth more than deception 🙂

Soul Enemy

If there was an enemy to my soul (and I firmly believe that there is), what would be the methods he would use to sabotage my relationship with God? Here are some things he has tried to use on me:
*camouflage: blending into the culture around me to disguise himself as something normally acceptable, all the while attacking my identity, purpose & trust in God
*weakspots: looking for weaknesses that I have. These are different for everyone, but could be areas related to emotions, pride, relationships, forgiveness, independence and others
*persistence: the continual attack & ongoing waves of the negative
*distraction: getting me to focus on things that may seem important or big, but in the larger perspective are really quite irrelevant
*communication: trying to get me to listen to the enemy’s voice by making it seem similar to God’s voice, but off just a smidgen

These are a few enemy tactics that he may try to use in you as well. I pray that we remain in Jesus’ light & life to stay far removed from the enemy’s efforts, under the protecting wings of the Almighty 🙂

The enemy will not see you vanish into God’s company without an effort to reclaim you-CSLewis