I was reading a book and it talked about how Satan likes to take our weaknesses and use them against us, and the reason this can be so effective in getting us off track is because they REALLY are our weaknesses, so we simply PERCEIVE the lies as the truth.
We do this to other people, too. We criticize, justify and defend our actions, and so much more. Often we don’t realize that the words we are using are tearing people down and are in fact FEEDING the lies of the enemy and the lies they believe about themselves.
How does Satan make us feel worthless? He uses people. How does the Holy Spirit make us feel special? He uses people!
God has really been impressing on my heart to draw closer to people who feed the truth about who I am in Christ, and to distance myself from those who feed the lies. He has also been impressing upon my heart to change the atmosphere of my home to one that is inviting to the Holy Spirit, and not the enemy.
We invite the enemy into our home through anger, and words that bring death. I have seen the atmosphere of my home simply change because my attitude changed, and my attitude changed because of something someone said to me that fed the lies floating around in my head. This is not OK.
It’s not OK to be a person who criticizes and it’s not OK to stay connected to people who tear you down.
The Lord has also been working on my heart, bringing me to a place of freedom. Freedom can only come from the truth, the truth about WHO we are in Christ.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. – John 8:32
I have seen the power of life giving words. Words that liberate a person, and bring freedom. Our words have so much power.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. – Proverbs 18:21
I would like to encourage you to consider WHO is speaking into your life and WHAT they are saying. Then I would say pray about whether or not those people are feeding the truth or if they are feeding the lies in your life.
Some relationships we can’t disconnect fully from, but we can set up boundaries. We can choose NOT to engage in certain conversations that STEALS our confidence in God, our peace, and our joy.
Sometimes freedom only comes when we finally believe the truth about our self and we say ENOUGH to those who don’t support us and encourage us in that truth. Think about it…maybe we need to ask our self why we desire to cling to these relationships, or allow our self to engage in conversations that tear us down. Maybe we have yet to realize WHO we are in Christ and we are still hanging on to the lies.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – John 10:10