As a kid, I had to memorize the 10 commandments before I could even read them.
My church school tested us frequently on them, too.
I was taught that the commandments are a way to measure how good or bad we are. I used them to gauge whether God was happy or mad at me at any given moment.
I have learned that I am not the only one who thought this way.
Certainly, God established His rules for a good reason. But I found it is not the reason that I believed for so long.
I once heard from a lady who was made to believe that God is only pleased with pink or white fingernail polish.
Religious leaders said that any other color was of the devil!
I know that is an extreme example, but so many Christians try to make God happy in similar ways—by maintaining dos and don’ts.
The problem with this is that the more you TRY the more you feel like a disappointment.
Can you relate?
You should know that the enemy is crafty, but he is not creative.
Since the beginning, he continues to use the same trick on people.
It’s this: he plants questions in your mind, then he answers his own questions based on circumstances in your life.
His goal is to prove you aren’t qualified for God’s promises.
When it comes to shutting down the enemy’s attacks, you are assured instant victory.
That is because the weapons you have to use against him are called “weapons of righteousness” (2 Corinthians 6:7).
This means that they are not about mustering up your willpower, but they are about standing in the winning position of Christ.
I teach about these weapons frequently—because they work!
One of my favorites—that most never think about for spiritual warfare—is JOY.
Seriously, joy is a weapon. And you don’t have to produce it yourself!
(By the way, if you need more help, consider my ecourse, The Armor of God. In 6 illustrated lessons, you’ll discover how to stand boldly in the power and authority you were made for.)
Psalm 139 is a favorite scripture passage of many people. Me included.
It’s a prayer of King David—about how God made him and knows him better than he knows himself.
In it, David boasts, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book” (Psalm 139:16).
Of course, these words don’t only apply to David. But they apply to you and me, too.
To begin your week, I wanted to encourage you with 3 incredible things that David’s words mean about you.
(Speaking of the enemy’s threats, in my book, Shut Up, Devil, I thoroughly teach you how to apply God’s design to shut out the enemy’s influence in your mind. I’ll send you a signed copy or you may order on Amazon in paperback, ebook or audiobook).
I had the honor of speaking at a young adults’ conference last Friday evening.
I taught about how to find real acceptance.
This is a huge issue for young adults who have grown up around all the superficialness of social media.
But this isn’t only a topic for those in their 20s and 30s. We all have a desire to be accepted, don’t we?
The reason is because God created us to be in relationship with people.
As I told the young adults: pursuing acceptance isn’t wrong. It’s just that most of us go about it all wrong. That’s why we get so hurt in the process.
(By the way, if you need more help, consider my Rejecting Rejection ecourse. In 8 lessons, you’ll learn the truths and strategies you need to conquer rejection and grow in confidence and courage.)
The first few books that I bought as a born-again Christian were on the topic of spiritual warfare.
Back then, I thought that every bad feeling, emotion or habit was the devil. So I devoured resources for strategies to fight him.
I don’t do this anymore.
One reason is because I realized that the cross defeated the devil once and for all (see Colossians 2:14–15). You don’t fight someone already defeated.
Another is because I discovered something about the devil’s name, which provides a huge clue about how to resist him effectively.
Did you know that your mindset is a powerful weapon?
The Bible encourages to “arm yourselves with the same way of thinking [as Jesus]” (1 Peter 4:1).
Simply put: a mind that thinks positive thoughts works like a shield that deflects negativity.
Now, I know that most of us don’t produce positive thoughts automatically. But that can change!
(By the way, in my book, Shut Up, Devil, I thoroughly teach you how to apply God’s design to shut out the enemy’s influence in your mind. I’ll send you a signed copy or you may order on Amazon (in paperback, ebook or audiobook).
Years ago, I attended a ministry retreat that left me doubting the authenticity of my faith.
I was tormented by the accusation, “You aren’t a real Christian!”
In short, I didn’t feel passionate about the kind of ministry we were learning, which I believed a “real Christian” should desire to do. (I tell the story in the video below.)
Since then, I’ve learned that it’s a common tactic of the ENEMY to make people doubt the validity of their faith.
His reasons often sound like:
- “You don’t read your Bible enough.”
- “You don’t pray long enough.”
- “You fail too often.”
Watch my short teaching below to discover how to SHUT DOWN this fear for good. ⬇️
Every October there’s a lot of talk about the enemy.
And though this month might be known for celebrating darkness, Christians need not fear it.
That’s because the Bible assures that the devil is a defeated foe.
It doesn’t get any clearer than this: “[Jesus] disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.” —Colossians 2:15
(By the way, today we’re offering my 4-part audio series, Divine Dynamite: Activate God’s Greatest Weapons, for a donation of ANY amount.)