My biggest pet peeve: the devil making people believe that they aren’t good enough.
Don’t you think it’s time for you to stop allowing the devil to dictate your life? Now, I know what you are thinking, “I am NOT letting the devil dictate my life.” I can just hear you saying that to me, I’m not crazy. I used to think the same thing. We think that if we just do nothing then the devil isn’t actually going to hurt us. That he can’t really affect us. Well sorry to tell you but you’re 100% wrong and I was wrong when I was just sitting around doing nothing. If you aren’t following God’s promptings, then you are doing exactly what the devil wants you to do. He wants you to stay complacent and feeling like you’re stuck so you don’t further God’s word. The devil wants you to be full of so much self doubt that you never take a step forward in what God is telling you to do. What if you took that step God has been telling you to do and you change someone’s life completely? What if the person you reach is the one person that starts the next revival and so many more lives are saved? All because you decided to be obedient and follow what God prompted you to do. It may seem like something small to you, but it can be a huge change for someone else and isn’t that what this is all about? Bringing more people into the kingdom of heaven.
It is time to tell the devil that he cannot have you anymore. You’ve been holding onto everything he says you are instead of what God says you are. The devil has called you worthless, not good enough, unqualified, and so many other things. God says you are beautiful and wonderfully made, you are more important than the birds and the flowers, and He says that you are qualified because He has called you. He made you for this very moment and instead of thinking these things, you are sitting on a couch just sulking in what the devil had told you. You are allowing him to keep a hold on you instead of breaking free. There is one thing that you should do every day and that is to declare positive affirmations that God says about you. Let’s say:
I am called
I am qualified because God qualifies me
I am more than enough
I am worthy
I am beautifully and wonderfully made
I am fearless
I am a child of God
Add your own flare and some other positive affirmations that go along with your dreams/goals.
I am debt free
I am a homeowner
I am a faithful tither
I am a good mom
I am a good daughter
I am a good sister
I am an author
I am a boss
I am consistent with my work
I work with God
You don’t need to believe all of what you say right away the point is that you say it over and over. The point is that it starts to get into your spirit. There may be some people that say you need to believe in your soul all the positive affirmations or they won’t happen. I call bull hockey, only based off of my own experience. I used to feel like a fraud every time I said my affirmations, but I didn’t stop. I kept saying the every morning and I still say them every morning. Little by little, day by day, I could feel my confidence growing, I could feel myself starting to believe what I was speaking over myself and realizing these are the things God already believes I am. You are going to feel silly at first. You are going to feel like a fool but I believe if you aren’t doing at least one thing to better yourself everyday then you aren’t going anywhere.
I was in a place about six or seven years ago where I’m pretty sure I wasn’t going anywhere. I remember feeling like I was in this huge depression. I didn’t want to get up and I felt like absolutely no one cared for me. I had people around me that did care but I was so blinded by my grief of my loss of my future I had planned out that I couldn’t see all the amazing people that were trying to pick me up. I didn’t know where I was going next other than school. I remember thinking to myself that I had no future. I remember isolating people that I needed at the time. I broke up with my now husband during this time because I had no idea who I was and I knew I couldn’t be with someone when I had no love to give, not even to myself.
Every day I read a bible verse; you know those ones that pop up on your phone if you have the bible app. That’s it. I wasn’t searching for these bible verses and I for sure was not searching for Jesus during this time. I just knew that they kept coming up and that I needed to read them. I went to church every Sunday and listened because I was in my parents’ house and their rules are what I followed. So without even knowing I was starting to pick up the pieces of my broken heart. You’d think it would be broken by some kind of break up or losing someone super close to me, which in a way I did. I lost who I wanted to be in the future. I know now that it was all going to apart of a greater plan. I haven’t gotten the full picture, but each piece is coming back together.
Every day I was bettering myself throughout this time without even knowing. Only because I did small steps in a faith that I didn’t know I had. I knew God was real. I believed in that, but I would not say that I had any kind of relationship with God just yet. But it was building, and He was preparing me for what was to come just like He is preparing you. No matter how big or small your steps are in this walk with God those steps are all on training ground. They are all going to be soon working together for a bigger purpose. The most important thing is that you are taking these steps. We don’t need to see the whole picture; we would not be able to handle it if we did.
This all starts by having the devil get his hands off of you and off of your life. These small steps are what is going to get your life back on track with God. Say those affirmations above, make your own and put some action behind them. It is time to get up, friends. Small consistent steps can lead into some big action. I know we all know that one quote about the staircase: “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
God doesn’t need you to take all the steps at once, He just needs you to take one obedient step at a time. Every little step you take will allow you to get further and further away from the grasp of devil. Every step will allow you to start building up your confidence again. Every single step will help you become who you are supposed to be in Christ. That devil cannot have your future any longer! He is not allowed to keep you stuck in that depression! He is not allowed to make you think you are less than when you are worth everything! Someone has literally died for you! God believes in you and now it is time for you to start believing in yourself.
Some things to think about & journal away at:
- Write down 5 affirmations you want to repeat every day
- Wha is a task you haven’t been doing because you have felt like you are not qualified for it?
- Are you going to keep allowing the devil to dictate your life or are you going to get up at fight for that life God is waiting for you to take a hold of?