Falling into this dark pit of despair can happen so much faster than you can imagine because we live in a world that is not of Christ.
The bible says, "Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow." James 1: 17
In contrast the bible also says, "Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News." 2 Corinthians 4: 4
Satan is the rule of this world. As eery as that sounds and perhaps more supernatural than you comfortable with, the truth is that when sin entered this world so did the devil and his number one desire is to stop us from experiencing the goodness of God in this world and ultimately in our eternity. He doesn't want you to see the good. He doesn't want you to be hopeful. He doesn't want you to live with peace. He doesn't want you to experience love. He doesn't want you to like yourself. Wow. I hate him.
This is what god says about you:
I AM HIS CHILD
"But to all who have received him--those who believe in his name--he has given the right to become God's children" John 1: 12
I AM FORGIVEN
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace." Ephesians 1: 7
I PRODUCE GOOD
"I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me--and I in him--bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." John 15: 1,5
I AM A FRIEND OF JESUS
"But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father. John 15: 15
I AM ACCEPTED
"Receive one another, then, just as Christ also received you, to God's glory." ROMANS 15: 7
I HAVE WISDOM, RIGHTEOUSNESS, SANCTIFICATION AND REDEMPTION
"He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption." 1 CORINTHIANS 1: 30
I AM A NEW CREATION
"So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away--look, what is new has come."
2 Corinthians 5: 17
I AM GODS WORKMANSHIP CREATED TO DO GOOD WORKS
"For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them." Ephesians 2: 10
I HAVE BOLDNESS AND CONFIDENCE
"In whom we have boldness and confident access to God because of Christ's faithfulness." Ephesians 3: 12
I HAVE THE PEACE OF GOD
"And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4: 7
I HAVE ALL THAT I NEED
"And my God will supply your every need according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4: 19
The list goes on and on. Click here if you'd like to read more.
Friends, we are in a constant battle against the enemy of our Creator who desires to keep us from all these beautiful gifts and promises. In countless ways, the bible reveals that God desires these promises to be fulfilled in THIS LIFETIME. Sometimes Christians think they need to wait till they get to heaven to begin enjoying the promises of God, but God intentionally warns us of the challenges in this world over and over again in the scriptures and every time He warns us He also empower us and strengthens us and encourages us not to give in but to take hold of the TRUTH and live with all of His goodness and blessings TODAY in THIS LIFE.
This takes work. Because as written at the beginning of this message, this world belongs to Satan and he spends his days trying to pull us away from all of God's goodness. He fills your mind with lies. He puts challenges in your path. But you have all the power to maintain that inner peace and live in the TRUTH of God as you push the lies aside and work through the challenges. Speak truth over yourself. Speak these phrases I've written above over yourself. Find the one you need today and say it OUT LOUD over and over again whenever you need to to keep yourself in the truth of God and not stay seated in the lies of satan.
God wants more for us than we can even hope for or imagine. What he has for us is beyond what our human minds can comprehend and human flesh can feel. We base so much on our physical circumstances and how we FEEL on the outside, but God wants to fix everything on the inside and He wants to strengthen us in our Spirit so that we can experience more of his goodness in this life. I'm praying over this message today that it will reach those who need to know the truth about themselves. Please know today that you are truly someone special and that your life has meaning, even if you don't know what it is yet, and that there is a joy that you haven't experienced yet waiting for you. God will reveal all this if you let His truth into your life today.