Are you holding on to shame today? Have you done that thing you said you would NEVER do again and now you're afraid to go to God? Well, rest assured that God already knew what you would do (today) and He is waiting for you to come to Him for help, love, forgiveness and strength right now!
Here are some of Satan's lies that I allowed to dictate my relationship with my Creator...until I allowed God to override them with His truth. I pray that once you're exposed to His truth, you allow Him to do the same for you.
Satan's Lie #1: You messed up again! Now you have to wait a week (2 wks, 1 month, etc) until He cools down.
God's Truth: The truth is while you're waiting God out, HE is waiting for YOU! He tells us that He is knocking at the door of our hearts; hoping we answer so that He may break bread & visit with us! God wants to help us overcome so that we may be face to face with Him in Heaven for eternity! Read it for yourself in Revelation 3:19-21! http://http//www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%203:19-21&version=AMP
Satan's Lie #2: God is standing over your Book just waiting for you to mess up so He can continue to build the case for you not going to Heaven.
God's Truth: The truth is that God's genuine love for us is patient and kind, yet, due to our sinful condition (which sets us up to fear Him) we instead see a cruel pusnisher. God says nothing is further from the truth! In fact, He is rooting for us and tells us how to be confident on judgement day. Get it straight from God by reading 1 John 4:16-18! http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20John%204:16-18&version=AMP
Satan's Lie #3: Jesus doesn't understand your struggle with ____ (doing drugs, drinking alcohol, having premarital sex, gambling, etc.).
God's Truth: The truth is since there is nothing new under the sun (Ecc. 1:9), Jesus was confronted with EVERY temptation known to mankind and had a choice to make... just like us! Because Jesus understands the allure of food, sex, anger, substances, etc., He is an effective & powerful intercessor for us when we cry out to God! O, to be like Jesus who ALWAYS went to God/His word for strength in times of weakness and NEVER sinned. Want to read it for yourself? Go to Hebrews 4:14-16 for confirmation and advice for getting back up when you fall.
Satan's Lie #4: Surely God won't forgive you for this again!
God's Truth: Yes, He will and you can receive His forgiveness RIGHT NOW! 1 John 1:9 outlines a 2-step process - admit your sin & truthfully confess and God's forgiveness is guaranteed. But don't forget to repent (turn away from sin)! Why wait another minute if you don't have to?
Satan's Lie #5: "If only you were like _____ (Pastor, Deaconess, Elder, etc) - they seem so perfect! They're better than me."
God's Truth: The old adage is true - NOBODY's perfect! God is not as impressed as we are with the image that people display. Read HIS take on people's 'good deeds' in Isaiah 64:6. http://http//www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2064:6&version=AMP
I will be praying for you all. Please pray for me, too.