This is it. We’ve been through 13 weeks of studying Jesus’ victory in the wilderness during this “Believing Better” series. We now know that we can’t start doing better until we start believing better. We’ve learned all the lies the enemy wants us to believe and countered them with God’s truth. But here’s the thing; I can tell you the truth but I can’t make you believe it. Now it’s up to you. The balls in your court. Will you believe the lies or will you choose today to believe the truth about your God?
Dear Heavenly Father, may I grasp your truth like my life depends on it, because it does. Help me in the areas where my faith is weak and keep me in the areas where it is strong. I believe you Lord, I believe your truth, I choose today to believe better. I love You. In Jesus Christ Name I pray, Amen.
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Then the devil left Him, and angels came and attended to Him. – Matthew 4:11 NIV
I wonder how many of you are under attack right now? Your family, your marriages, your job, finances, health or even your mind. Just blow after blow after disappointing blow. Just like Jesus in the wilderness the enemy seems relentless to steal, kill and destroy everything that is yours. But I want to encourage you today, that if you’re still here, maybe limping, maybe tears on your pillow maybe with some scars and some bruises the enemy has NOT defeated you. If you are in Christ Jesus he just can’t. I love the words of 2 Corinthians 4:7-10:
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. – 2 Corinthians 4:7-10 NIV
Keep seeking God, keep believing His truth, keep resisting the devil and allow each attack to only make you stronger. Your enemy will then have no choice but to retreat right back to hell. James 4:7 tells us:
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7 NIV
Never give up on resisting those lies and replacing them with God’s truth. Now Here are the three truths we discussed in this study.
1. Your God is enough and can provide all your needs. You will not find in this world what you gain from God.
2. God is trustworthy. We do not need to test Him, He is God no matter what.
3. God is worthy and more valuable than anything this world has to offer.
Believing these truths will free us from the fear, insecurity, and sin that prevent us from living for God with our whole hearts. Now here’s the thing, as I’ve said before, I can tell you the truth but I cannot make you believe it. That is a choice you must make on you own. We want to do better, I get that. But first we must believe better. Many people say, “what would Jesus do?”, but for today I want you to ask yourself, “what would Jesus believe?”
As one final reminder I want to leave you with this: we are not fighting to be perfect, we are fighting for our faith. We are fighting to believe the best about God, the truth about Him. The enemy does not care if we live a perfectly moral life, as long as we don’t believe the truth about God. The enemy does not care if we never look at porn, if we never fornicate. If we always go to church and sing the loudest in the choir, as long as we do not place our faith in God.
Because even your enemy knows that a blameless life does not grant salvation, only FAITH in Jesus can do that. He knows the power your faith has which is why he is doing everything he can to destroy your faith and belief in God. Do you realize that the difference between heaven and hell is where you place your faith, the difference between eternal connection to God and eternal separation from Him is where you place your faith? The stakes are high girlfriend but your faith is the answer and your victory found in simply believing better. I leave you with Hebrews 10:23:
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” – Hebrews 10:23 NIV
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