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Friday, July 6, 2012

the lies Satan tells {and then there's the Truth}

You can never get anything right.

You will never be good enough.

You are a a wife, a homemaker, a daughter, a sister, a friend.

You are miserable.  You are pathetic.  You are weak.

You don't deserve any good thing.  You don't deserve to be loved.

These are the lies Satan tells me.
These are the words that sometimes fill my head.
This is how Satan gets past the truth.
This is how he twists reality.

Yes, I am a sinner...
but I am also a child of God, saved by the grace of Jesus Christ.

No, I will never be good enough--on my own--
but that's why Jesus was good enough--PERFECT--in my place.
So that I wouldn't have to be.

No, I can't do everything right--by myself--
but that's why the Holy Spirit lives in my heart.
So He can help me live a life that honors God.

Yes, I will mess up.  A lot.
But I am forgiven because of Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose again
so that I could have eternal life.

No one is perfect.  No one can, on their own power, live a life that pleases God.
That's why we need Jesus.
That's why God sent Jesus, his only Son, into our sinful world--
to save us from Satan, from sin, from death, and from our own sinful natures.
Now, because of Christ, we are new creations.  We are pure, holy, redeemed.
And we have the promise of eternal life.

Jesus said to the people who did not believe in him,
"You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire.  He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him.  When he lied, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies."  -John 8:44
Jesus said to those who did believe in him,
"If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."  -John 8:31-32
Later, Jesus said to his disciples,
"I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me." -John 14:6
Satan is the father of lies.  Jesus is the Truth.

Who shall I believe?
Who will you believe? 
 (Growing up, I had an old portable tape player on which I listened to cassette tapes--I'm just old enough to have not heard of CD's when I was really little.  My favorite tape was an old "Best of Amy Grant," and this was my favorite song on it.  That tape is so worn-out now that it hardly plays properly--but the song is as great now as it was then.  Also of note is the pianist in this video.  Do you recognize him?  It's a very young Michael W. Smith!)

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  1. jaimie!!! just one more reason why we are virtual besties!! i love amy grant!! and i totally used to listen to her cassette tapes when i was little too. for a while i couldn't even fall asleep unless i was listening to amy grant on my headphones:) my favorite song was "my father's eyes" loved that one. great post, btw. such a good reminder of how truth overpowers the lies.

    and that's hilarious about the dream! i guess we'll just need to make sure we actually meet in person one day!

    1. Julia. You're awesome. :) And "Father's Eyes"!! YES! Another of the best ones!

  2. Excellent points Jaimie! We really need to know the Truth because it's the truth which sets us free!

  3. Jaimie-

    I love that song! I am a huge Amy Grant fan and already knew that Michael W. Smith was in the video b/c of my Amy obsession. I literally wore out that cassette tape too- I think I may still have it in a box somewhere- I just couldn't bear to get rid of it! :)
    Me and my friend Kristen used to make up dance routines to Amy Grants songs!
    This has brought back great memories- and is a great reminder. We are forgiven- there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1-2) We all need keep that truth in our hearts for those times when those lies from Satan assail.

  4. Love how you combat those lies with the Truth!

    Mary Beth

  5. this is awesome!!! Oh how i love this, so so True! I send out a weekly email to my blog friends, and the one I sent out last week was on Spiritual Warfare, would you like me to send it to you?

    Nice to meet you;)


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