In the book of Genesis, when Adam and Eve sinned and then hid from God and covered themselves with leaves, God came to them and the question He asked was "WHO told you that you were naked?" When I was reminded of this months ago, it was like a bolt of lightning hitting me!! It has been almost a year since I went to Brookhaven Retreat in Tennessee--a voluntary, small, women's treatment center for mental health issues or substance abuse. When I got there I thought that I was a failure---that I had failed God---that I was washed up--done up as a teacher and speaker---that all the passion I had for teaching and speaking God's Word was gone. I was dying---physically, mentally and spiritually. I could not sleep or eat and was in a horrible pit. It is a long story that I will slowly share with you in future blogs, but the one thing I want to tell you about that hit me was "WHO told me I was a failure?" WHO was feeding me all the lies? Just like in the garden of Eden, it was the serpent--the devil--who came to tempt and lie to Adam and Eve, it was the "thief" that comes to steal, kill and destroy---the "father of lies"--the accuser of the brethren---the devil, who comes like a roaring lion seeking whom he can destroy and I believed the lies---lies straight from the pit of hell. One of the greatest tactics of any enemy is to convince his opponent that he does not exist. If satan can convince us that he is not real, we will never resist or come against him like it tells us in scripture---"Submit yourself to God, resist the devil and he WILL flee from you. I like what someone said---"I know the devil is real--the Bible says so and I have had dealings with him." I can attest to both!! HOWEVER, "Greater is He (Almighty God) that is in us than he (satan) who is in the world!!"
You and I are to be overcomers by the power of His Holy Spirit. If we ever hear "Just WHO do you think you are?"---what we truly believe about ourselves will come rising up out of us---if we believe we are a failure and concentrate on all we think we have done wrong---then to us, that is what we will be, BUT---if the TRUTH--the Word of God---rises up in us, we will begin to believe, speak and know exactly WHO we are!!! You and I are a child of the Most High God. We are joint-heirs with Jesus---the apple of God's eye---a blood-bought child of the King of Kings. We are unconditionally loved, completely accepted by God, and absolutely forgiven. We are an original creation of Almighty God---there has never been anyone like you in the whole wide world and there never will be another like you---ever!!! When we look in the mirror and agree with what God says about us instead of the lies the enemy feeds us, we will begin to love ourselves. The commandments are summed up in "Love your neighbor as you love YOURSELF." Many of us miss that part----We are to receive God's love, love ourselves and then that love pours out of us to others---until we truly accept, forgive and love ourselves, we cannot love others.
Beloved----WHO do you see when you look in the mirror? Scripture says you are fearfully and wonderfully made!! This is not about being "full" of ourselves---proud and arrogant. It is about agreeing with what our Father God says about us---believing the truth. There is a scripture that says---"As a man believes in his heart---so is he." What we believe deep down in the core of our being--our heart---then we will be. ALL things are possible, only believe!! We have been robbed, duped and lied to by the enemy of our souls--satan--. Isn't it time to rise up and believe the truth of who you and I really are? Amen and Amen!!
"Out of Death Comes Life"---next blog---