I’ve been working on giving up a lot of things I used to watch in particular these past few weeks.
What’s intriguing to me is the more I’ve worked on giving up things to God, the more evident certain temptations become, and the more accusations and questions I hear in my mind.
Things that used to bother me when I was first getting close to Christ, when I was a teen, have returned. I suspect perhaps because God is helping me shut doors and stop inviting darkness in. I don’t want to serve the world, I want to serve Him. I don’t want to entertain my own flesh.
As I told my friend, “It’s like the old tactics are coming back.”
Here are the accusations I hear a lot:
“not being good enough”
“crossing the line with Christ”
“being fake with Christ, everything I do and feel in my heart is fake and God knows it”
The last line especially has been…a lot. It messes with my mind.
Yet, this is what God has taught me during this time.
When I am accused, I will praise Him. – If I am going to be accused, then regardless I will praise Him. For a few years now I’ve told myself, “If this is all you get. If this is all the time you get with the Lord. You better make sure you give your all to Him. He deserves it.”
(NIV) Psalm 150:01, “Praise the LORD. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens.”
I don’t want to take things for granted, not everything He has done for me. So if I am accused, so be it. God is still God. Jesus is the Redeemer. I will praise Him nonetheless.
When I am accused, I will turn to scripture to fight. – When Jesus was tempted, He spoke with scripture. We are told in scripture that the Sword of the Spirit is the word of God. Talk about fighting words!
(NIV) Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
If darkness wants to go against me, it will win. I’m weak and pathetic. But woe to any who go against Him and His promises. All will fail against Him.
When I am accused, the Holy Spirit is with me. – The scripture about the seven spirits moving in a home that was cleaned has really stuck with me. Tonight, I felt like the Holy Spirit was saying to me, “I’m here to stay. I’ll help you sweep the temple courts.”
I’m weak by myself. I can’t do anything. But Christ gave us His Spirit to stay with us. The Holy Spirit is known as a Comforter for a reason. He will guide me, and He will help me focus on Him. It’s important I go to God with anything I am struggling with so I can rebuke, seek forgiveness, and repent. So even with accusations, I know I’m not alone in this battle.
(NIV) John 14:16-17, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever– the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.”
Only through Him, can I truly stand.
Do you hear accusing thoughts? How do you deal with them?
Monthly Scripture, (NIV) John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
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