I fell for it again…hook, line and sinker. Satan sold me another set of lies- he actually GAVE them to me and I accepted. Fortunately it didn’t take long to see that I was fooled again. What’s that saying? “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me”. Something like that.
I woke up at 5:00am this morning. It felt like God was tugging on my heart, so I got up and began my morning quiet time a little earlier than normal. One of the passages I walked through this morning was Matthew 6
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things (clothing, food, basic needs) will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
He was preparing me for this morning, and I didn’t even know it. I have been feeling overwhelmed again lately. I feel like I have been running and there are not enough hours in the day. Worst of all, I feel like none of us run in the same direction. I miss my family. So it didn’t make me feel any better when my son came to me early this morning saying, “Mom, I feel like you just don’t spend much time with me anymore. You’re always doing something else.” Uggh. He ripped my heart out and it was only 5:30am! I was vulnerable and he stuck the sword right in there….and twisted it.
I spoke with my hubby about it. I told him, it’s more of a feeling…if I write down all of the things going on, it’s all good and it’s not unreasonable. I just feel overwhelmed. When I was at church this morning, I began to chat with some of the ladies in the church office. The pastor’s wife suggested some things that really set off the alarm…yes, I fell for not one, but a string of lies. When I got home, I got out my trusty book “Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Why didn’t I recognize this before? The book pointed me to each lie and the scripture to set me straight. Thank the Lord for godly counsel and wisdom of those Titus 2 women in the church office. (You ladies are truly appreciated!)
Lie #18. I don’t have time to do everything I am supposed to do.
To quote directly from the book, “The frustration comes when I attempt to take on responsibilities that are not on His agenda for me. When I establish my own agenda or let others determine the priorities for my life, rather than taking time to discern what it is that God wants me to do, I end up buried under piles of half-finished, poorly done, or never attempted projects and tasks. ” It goes on to say that “Freedom, joy and fruitfulness come from seeking to determine God’s priorities, in the power of His Spirit, realizing that He has provided the necessary time and ability to do everything that HE has called us to do.”
Ok…Pray first, respond later. If it’s HIS will, there will be time for it. Everything thrown my way is not necessarily what God has planned for me. Whatever God has in mind…He has prepared me for. If I don’t take a moment to sit at His feet, how will I know what He wants me to do?
10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Lie #32. If I feel something, it must me true.
“If we want to walk in freedom, we must realize that our emotions are not necessarily trustworthy and be willing to reject any feelings that are not consistent with the Truth.”
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 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. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
I need to take every thought captive and fix my mind on the Truth. Satan would like nothing more than to see me divided and to render me into an ineffective pile emotions heaped on the floor. If I am lead by my feelings- that may be where I end up.
5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5
Lie #40. It’s all about me.
For my son, it’s all about him. For my daughter, it’s all about her. They’re kids- they are the center of their own universe. I have to be careful to not make it all about me. My family is my first ministry and I feel that I have been neglecting them lately. That is something I do need to remedy. However, I must use caution to worship my Creator and not His creation. God is the center of my world and everything revolves around Him. I need to serve…my family and others. There is a balance here and I know the Lord will help me establish that balance. I think the balance gets out of whack when I put to much of “me” on the scale and not enough “Him”. (Too much me: “I need me time” or “they need more time with me.” Maybe that should be “WE need more time together serving HIM together”.
16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
…Created FOR HIM.