Here we are at the third and final week of 21 Days to Unconditionally Delight in God’s Love! I pray God revealed Himself to you as we worked through the last two weeks. Accordingly, I pray you are coming to a place of embracing and fully knowing Him and His deep love for you. And finally, I pray He has given you “aha” moments and eyes to see the vastness of His love and how it differs from all others
How it fills a place in your heart unlike any other.
Today, I pray you are ready to take the next step. Armed with the power of knowing Christ, as well as grasping the depth and difference of His love, you can now take the final step.
Committing to the process of allowing that knowledge to sink deep into your soul and overtake the noise of the world.
However, I must warn you. It doesn’t happen easily.
The enemy uses the noise of the world as a distraction pulling us away from Truth. For this reason, it takes developing discipline to fight the enemy and the self-defeating thoughts he relentlessly whispers throughout our minds.
A discipline that can be broken down into 3 Intentional efforts.
Recognizing the Lies
In order to protect ourselves against self-defeating thoughts, we must first be tuned into all thoughts passing through our minds. However, we must immediately recognize the self-defeating ones.
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But are we sure all those thoughts are healthy? In reality, I doubt it.
In the midst of those 3,241 open tabs, self-defeating thoughts labeling us as “less than” run through our mental news reel.
Allowing those unrestricted run is dangerous. We must take hold of those thoughts.
But how do we discern those that are truth from those that are lies?
Usually, lies will settle a heaviness upon your spirit. They may be feelings of condemnation, depression, shame, or inadequacy. They usually point fingers and diminish worth.
Below are three verses reminding us to stay alert to our thoughts. They are included in this week’s 7 Printable Scripture Cards.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things -Philippians 4:8 NIV
Pray Against the Lies
Prayer is always our first answer. It’s our direct line to communication with God. Our relationship with Him will only deepen through prayer. And now that we are alert to our thought system and recognizing the self-defeating thoughts, we can give them to the Lord in Prayer. We can speak His Name against the lies and cancel their power.
Lord, Thank You for Your promise to deliver us when we cry out to You. I come to You and ask that You deliver me from thoughts labeling me as less than who You created me to be. I ask You to free me from any strongholds the enemy may be using against me. Please continue to keep me alert to Your discerning spirit so that I may recognize self-defeating thoughts for exactly what they are –lies. And may I be strengthened to recognize and give each thought to You.
May Your truth be embedded deep within my soul, so when my memory fails, my spirit will still recognize both evil and Truth. Protect me from the enemy’s attacks and make me brave. Hearing each call and following you without fear or insecurity. May I step out boldly in Your name pursuing all the dreams You have placed on my heart.
And may Your love be forever planted in my heart so that even when the enemy uses another to attack my spirit, their actions will not leave me burdened with self doubt. But most of all, Lord, I thank you for fulfilling my every need with Your unfailing love. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” says the Lord. Isaiah 54:17 NIV
We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NLT
Replace the Lies With Truth
Our final step is to intentionally replace each self-defeating thought with God’s truth. It is something we need to think internally, but also give voice to! Speak it out loud! God’s Word sends the enemy running! Therefore, the more we can train our minds to think in positive truth, the less of a chance the enemy will have even initiating the whisper. Here are a few examples.
Before you go, just in case you are new here and missed the first two posts of this series, below are links to help you get caught up!
Week 1 – Fully knowing God. His majesty, His power, His perfection.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? – Psalm 8:3–4
Week 2 – Grasping the depth of God’s love for us and how His love differs from all others.
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. John 4:16 ESV
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