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The Father of Lies…Part 2

by | Apr 25, 2014 | Blog, Theology, Worship

If you missed part 1, you can find it here…

Exodus Blog

A guest post by Lauren Helton…

Last time, we addressed some of the lies we believe about God that prevent us from abiding in Him. Whether they come from our own errant thoughts or are whispered by Satan, they are equally destructive. The only defense against them is the truth of God. Here are a few more—take a look…

Lie #4: “I’m not good enough/smart enough/strong enough/likable enough, etc.”

Truth:

Ephesians 2:8–9—“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

2 Corinthians 12:9–10—“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

When we are weak, He is strong!

Lie #5: “I don’t have time to read the Bible and pray.”

Truth:

Matthew 6:33—“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Mark 8:36–37—“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?”

2 Timothy 2:22—“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.”

1 Corinthians 8:6—“Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.”

Lie #6: “God doesn’t really care about me – I’m insignificant to Him.”

Truth:

1 Peter 5:7—“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Matthew 10:30–31—“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”

1 John 3:1—“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! “

Psalm 139—“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me…For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

Matthew 18:12–14—“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”

Lie #7: “If God loved me he wouldn’t let _______ (fill in the blank) happen to me.”

Truth:

1 Corinthians 13:12—“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”

Romans 8:28—“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Hebrews 12:11—”For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

2 Corinthians 1:3–7—”Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.”

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