“Don’t give the Devil an opportunity.” Ephesians 4:27
Satan likes to take advantage of us and distract us from our greater purpose. And he has plenty of schemes to do so. His best weapons are deception and character assassination.
A few years ago, I was in a mid-level position and saw an opportunity for growth in the organization. When I applied, I was told that I would never be able to be in that position because I am an introvert.
This is something I have been shamed for my whole life let alone in a line of work that requires you to be extroverted. Now I don’t want to get into the discussion of what an introvert is or not but this struck me so hard.
Flash forward a few years when I acquired the same level position as the manager who told me I would never be good enough. My insecurities and self-doubt began raising red flags and I questioned my ability to be in that role.
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This is why Paul is telling us that we better beware of the attacks of the Devil. When these attacks come, my mind goes in a downward spiral that I don’t know how to pull myself out.
The enemy wants you to compare in all the ways you feel inadequate. He wants other people’s opinions to have power over you. And he wants you to doubt God’s purpose and God’s ability to equip you to do what you have been called to do.
Here’s a cheat sheet to remind you of the lies Satan loves to whisper:
“If only you were…”
“You are too much…”
“You aren’t enough…”
“Nobody likes you…”
“Why can’t you be more like…”
“Who are you to…”
As I read the Bible, I learn that these thoughts don’t come from the Lord. He is not a god of condemnation and accusation. He is a God of love and conviction.
God is also god that wants you to succeed. Things we think we can’t do, HE CAN! If God has called you, He will equip you. God made you on purpose and for a purpose.
That’s why it’s so important to set our hearts and minds on God’s truth. When our insecurities fight to bring us down, we must turn to the hope-filled scripture to remind us of the difference between the lies and the truth.
Here is a cheat sheet to replace those lies with the truth:
- You are made in His image and He called it good. Genesis 1:27
- You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:13-14
- You are precious in His sight. Isaiah 43:4
- You are called to be set apart and different from the world. Romans 12:2
- You are a new creature and free from condemnation. 2 Corinthians 5:17
- You are empowered by God’s grace to do things you couldn’t do on your own. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Sweet friend, my prayer for you today is that you would start preaching God’s truth to your heart and join me in saying NOT TODAY SATAN!!!
“Lord, today I choose to believe who you say that you are and who you say that I am. Fill my inner narrative with your truth. Help me to let go of any insecurities, the voices of others and embrace my true identity in Christ. In Jesus’ name, Am
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