Here are the tentacles I believe hold back
and cause stumbling in the faith walk of Believers.
Friends, believe it or not I feel I have to do a Part Three.
The word count came in at a whopping 1600 and
I do not want you to feel I have sunk you with too many words.
We will take the first five “Tentacles” today and
the final three with concluding thoughts tomorrow.
Thank you for journeying with me!
The Octopus has 8 tentacles so I considered these 8 in my own life,
and shared a scripture passage to consider for disentangling from each one.
1. Negative Thinking and Self Talk
This is an area I am sure we can all attest needs to be addressed in our own lives.
We need to be our own best friends in how we speak to and think about ourselves.
Truth in love, gracious, kind.
The word of God is the key to freeing ourselves from the
bad habits of negative self talk and thinking.
Plugging in God’s word specifically and immediately helps us to train ourselves anew!
As any athlete knows, proper training makes the difference.
Our battle is to bring down every deceptive fantasy and every imposing defense that men erect against the true knowledge of God. We even fight to capture every thought until it acknowledges the authority of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5
Self -sufficiency is rooted in pride. It buys into the lie that we can do it on our own.
That we don’t need help and that we don’t need anyone else to make it or get by in life.
The American Dream is largely a self-sufficiency platform.
The philosophy of our culture is currently diametrically opposed to the principles of the Eternal Kingdom.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
3. Past Mistakes
I’ve made plenty.
Fact is, I made a mess of my life before I came to Christ,
and then I made a mess of it again after I became a Christian.
Guess what? God still can use me anyway.
His grace and face is the same yesterday, today and always.
I’m not perfect now, I never was.
When the enemy (and some unkind others) remind me of my past mistakes
I point to my Advocate. He covered the past. He’s got the future covered.
His blood covers me. Completely.
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin.
But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–
Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
1 John 2:1
4. Fear of Rejection/Failure
I have been rejected. Have you?
If you live past the age of two you will experience rejection.
This past year has been The Year of Rejection more
than any other for me! But whether or not I am rejected for a job, for my beliefs, for my lack of experience, for the way I slurp my coffee or for any reason,
I am accepted by the Lord.
I do not like to fail any more than anyone else, either. I hate failure. But if you are going to try anything new, there is the risk of failing as well as succeeding. Either way, if I fail or succeed I am neither a failure nor a success.
I am His, and He determines the way.
Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.
I’d like to say that I never get discouraged nor have never known depression.
I have known both well.I’ve battled discouragement along this road and have had my duels with the dragon of depression. I know what it is like to walk in both of these states with the Lord and without. He keeps me from the pit of hopelessness and despair where I used to dwell. Having myself lived through the victimization of Childhood Sexual Abuse makes me a candidate for this dynamic duo. I sought the secular road of self help and psychological knowledge long before I came to the saving grace and healing power of Jesus Christ. I sensed the glass ceiling of earthly wisdom, and Christ shone His light upon me. True freedom, hope and healing are found nowhere else. No glass ceiling blocks my heavenly view or the reality of His presence. He is the difference.
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again–my Savior and my God!
See you tomorrow for the wrap up!
One concluding thought and Faith Life Preserver for you today
in the form of a verse
Cling to it, will you?
What, then, shall we say in response to this?
If God is for us, who can be against us?
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