So, we beat up on ourselves. A lot. A voice inside our head tells us that we’re not good enough and we believe it. You know it’s true and you’re sick and tired of believing it. Me too. Me too.
How could I possibly achieve this goal?
No, I’m not going to get a raise.
No, I’m not going to get the promotion.
You are so stupid.
Something bad is about to happen because it’s all going too good.
No one will ever love me.
You’re worthless and will never be successful at anything that you do.
That last one was a bit harsh, huh? Sadly, I have heard that thought too many times to count and have become crippled at the sound of it each time. Maybe, you too, have heard one of these sayings or different variations of them. Here are the 5 lies we believe when those negative thoughts come into our head.
These lies have defined us for some time. I want to SHOUT IT FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK. That is the devil, y’all. That slimy, slimy slime ball who ONLY wants to tear down our happiness and achievements. You feel great about yourself or your achievements and there he comes, without fail, on your coattails ready to mock and paralyze you in your own mind.
BUT WE BELIEVE THE WORDS THAT WE HEAR. Why is that?? Because our conscious is WAY more powerful than we give it credit. And also because the evil that is the devil is VERY real and VERY powerful. His sole purpose is to tear down each and every one of us who are in pursuit of Christ. He can’t have that. He WON’T have it. Buttttttt. SPOILER ALERT. Christ has defeated death and already won!!! HALLELUJAH, PRAISE HIS NAME! So, the devil will NEVER win and we have to stand STRONG against his evil schemes to inject self-doubt and criticism into our minds.
Ephesians 6:11-18 reads, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…”
We have to consciously put on our armor of God daily both physically and mentally. The devil is lurking around waiting for the opportune moment to get you when you are weak and vulnerable. Do not give him the satisfaction!
Life is short enough as it is. Let’s stop believing these lies and start living our lives to the absolute fullest. Pray and ask God to reveal the unique qualities about you so that you can own them. And OWN THEM, you rockstar.