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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Soulful Sunday - Lies Women Believe..And The Truth That Sets Them Free

I have been reading this wonderful book by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I have been learning so much and want to share some things with you. First off I want you to see the book that I am talking about:

I am definitely a woman who has believed many lies over the years. I am saddened to know how many of those lies have held me back from having healthy relationships with not only friends and family, but my Savior. I thought maybe we would talk about these lies. Maybe you are believing some lies and could use the TRUTH to set you free. I encourage you to get the books as they are awesome and I will not be putting entire chapters on here. If you can't, I will identify the lies each week and the wonderful TRUTH that counters it!
Now I realize this is a book for women, but if you are a man reading this blog, don't feel this can't talk to you , too. You may believe some of the lies we are going to talk about. Or you may know a wife, girlfriend, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother or friend who is struggling with some of these lies. You could help them see the TRUTH!

"Every area of bondage in our lives can be traced back to a LIE!
A seed is sown; it is watered and fertilized; it takes root and produces fruit - not just a single piece of fruit, but a whole harvest- a harvest of bondage, destruction, and death."

Powerful statement right there. I remember when I read that, it saddened me greatly. How big was the harvest I allowed to grow? How many pieces of my "infected" fruit had I shared with someone? It was overwhelming. But, I knew there was hope, as there always is in Christ, and through this book, I was going to know the answers to those questions.

How can we move from bondage into freedom? There are 3 wonderful steps to be practicing along our journey.

1. You need to identify the areas of bondage or sinful behavior.

More than likely you already know some of these areas. If not, ask God to reveal them to you. There are many AREAS of bondage you could be in: physical, emotional, sexual, and financial. Sinful habits is another way we can be in bondage.
For me, I had at least one in almost every AREA! Overeating, anxiety, overspending, anger, always seeking approval. WHEW! And those were all the ones I KNEW about!

2. You need to identify the lie or lies that are at the root of the bondage or behavior.

This one is not as easy to see, as #1 was. Some I could identify pretty easily, for example, the overeating is due to wanting comfort in ANY kind of emotion. I need to be looking to Christ for that. Overspending is trying to and shortly living, the joy from purchasing things. Joy I should be getting out of my relationship with Christ IF I was doing MY part. A few of the others were harder to identify their origins.

3. You need to replace the lie or lies with the TRUTH!

We all know what a deceiver Satan is and he likes nothing more than to keep us all believing the lies so we stay in bondage and never feel free. We need to combat those lies with the TRUTH that God has give us. After we identify the lie, we need to ask God to forgive us for believing it, and then we will have the "weapon of TRUTH" to start overcoming the deception we have lived in.

Here are a few things to think about till next time:

Read John 10:10. Would you say you are experiencing the abundance of life that Jesus came to give?

What does Ephesians 6:11-12 say about Satan and how he operates?

Satan knows that as long as we are not regularly meditating on God's Word we will be vulnerable to his deceptions. What "good" things are keeping you from consistent study of His Word?

There are 4 steps that take us from INITIAL deception to bondage: Listen to the lie, Dwell on the lie, Believe the lie and Act on the lie. As long as we live in this world, we can't completely isolate ourselves from ever hearing any lies. What is the difference between "hearing" and "listening to" lies?

Read Psalm 51:6, John 17:17, 2 Timothy 2:15, and John 14:15-17 and 16:13.

Let's pray:
"Lord, I pray that You will show me clearly what lies I have believed. Then show me the Truth that will set me free. Thank You for Your Word and Your Holy Spirit that point me to the Truth. Help me to claim Your Truth and to walk in Your Truth today and every day. Amen


Shelby said...

Great job! I really nice!! :D

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