Because we want to do right, we often find faults within ourselves. We reflect on what we didn’t do. We think about everything we could have done better. We beat ourselves up about being rude to a customer, getting mad at our children, being judgmental, or complaining about a situation. Looking at all the things we’ve done wrong for the day is known as being sin conscious.

God doesn’t want us to reflect on everything we’ve done wrong. Instead, we should reflect on who we are in Christ. Despite our behavior, we should remind ourselves we’re righteous in the sight of God, we’re loved, we’re forgiven, and through Christ, we’re perfect.

God didn’t sacrifice His Son and provide all these benefits through Him so that we can dwell on what we didn’t do correctly. As long as we live in the flesh, we’ll always find areas that are flawed. The key is to see ourselves the way that God sees us, and God sees us as a righteous, bold, perfect child of His.

Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

Number 14:24 But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.

We may be surrounded by people who don’t believe in God, don’t believe in God’s ability, and would rather handle things themselves. It’s during this time we need to adopt the spirit of Caleb.

When most of the people surrounding Caleb didn’t believe in God’s ability, Caleb believed God. Like Caleb, our belief gives us access to inherit the promises of God. Everything from our healing to wisdom at work is all received through our belief in God’s ability.

We may be the only one in our circle who believes God at a high level and that’s okay. When people see us with our inheritance, that will hopefully encourage them to put their trust, belief, and confidence in God.

2 Kings 5:9 Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’

Naaman, commander of the army of Syria, had leprosy. His ultimate goal was to be healed of leprosy. He went to Elisha’s house with a preconceived idea of how he was going to be healed. When the process of his healing was revealed to him, he became furious. Elisha’s messenger (not even Elisha himself) told Naaman to dip seven times in some of the dirtiest water around. If it wasn’t for Naaman’s servants, Naaman would have missed his blessing because he was frustrated with the process.

Like Naaman, we all have some ultimate goal. We want our business to grow, our family to be made whole, or our finances to increase. We may have our own ideas of how God’s going to manifest these promises in our lives. What do we do when we don’t like the process God has given us? Will we obey God even if it doesn’t make sense or seems beneath us, or will we risk missing our blessing by doing our own thing?

Don’t get so tied down to an idea of how God’s going to bless us because He may do something totally opposite. Trust His process. He’s way smarter than us and He’s already worked things out in our favor to reach our ultimate goal. Trust Him.

Isaiah 54:4 “Do not fear, for you will not be put to shame, And do not feel humiliated or ashamed, for you will not be disgraced. For you will forget the shame of your youth, And you will no longer remember the disgrace of your widowhood.

We’ve all done some foolish things in our past. The devil holds these things over our heads. Daily, he’ll remind us of what we did. He let’s us know we’re too dirty to be used by God, we’ll be unsuccessful because of our past, and we are unlovable.

Through God’s grace, we’re forgiven of all our sins (Colossians 1:13-14). Not only does God forgive our sins, He forgets our sins too (Hebrew 8:12). And as we can see above, God’s Word instructs us to forget about our foolish past.

We forget about our past by receiving God’s forgiveness every time the thought of our foolish past comes up in our minds. The thought of when we cheated on our spouse or the thought of when we got fired from our jobs will enter our minds. The moment that thought comes, we receive God’s forgiveness and set our minds on a successful future.

Whatever negative event that’s playing in our minds, forget about it and receive God’s forgiveness.

Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

We all want the promises of God. From our mortgage paid, to a new car, to healing in our bodies, we all have needs and desires we want from God.

There are two things that are a necessity to receive the promises of God. That’s faith and patience (or endurance).

A lot of us understand the concept of faith. Faith is believing God made this promise available to us. Endurance on the other hand is holding on to that belief for an extended period of time.

We can believe we’ve received a promise, have confessed that promise over our lives, have sown a financial seed and still haven’t received our promise yet. That’s when endurance needs to be employed.

From the time we pray to the manifestation of that promise could be 2 months, 2 years, or even longer. Why God seems to take so long varies. There could be fear in us He needs to uproot, there could be a maturing process so we won’t end up being spoiled brats, or there could be a simultaneous blessing in the works where He is positioning another believer to get blessed through our blessing. We may never know.

The main point is to remain consistent in our belief in God’s promises. Don’t let circumstances or delay stop your belief in God. Be willing to believe forever.

John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Unfortunately, this next lie has ties with people in the church. The condemnation that some “church folks” have placed on people led people to believe they’re unloved by God.

We’ve all missed the mark. People will use these missed marks to bring guilt and shame on others. The devil will use this guilt, shame, and condemnation and have us thinking God doesn’t love us. He’ll lie and say, “How can God love someone who’s done_______?” Or, he’ll lie and say, “You’ve gone too far and done too much to return back to God’s love.” These are lies.

Romans 8:38-39 says, nothing can separate us from the love of God. Nothing we can ever do can stop God’s love for us. We are and will always be loved by God.
Receive His love.

John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Some of us have backgrounds where we were not esteemed by our parents. Some of us had classmates who were unkind. The devil uses our past to feed us another lie. That lie is we’re not enough.

He likes to tell us we’re not attractive enough to get a spouse or we’re not educated enough to get that job. Spiritually speaking, he’ll tell us we’re not holy enough to be used by God or we’re not righteous enough to get our prayers answered. Lies, lies, lies.

Colossians 2:10 says, we are complete in Him. Through Christ, we’re not missing anything. We’re wonderful, we’re talented, we’re intelligent, and we’re attractive. We’re everything God says we are. Don’t listen to the lies. We are enough.

John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Another lie the devil likes to tell us is, we can’t make it. In life, we will face difficult situations. The devil likes to tell us we can’t make it through these situations. That’s a lie.

God told us throughout the scriptures we’re victorious, we’re more than conquerors, and we’re overcomers. Sometimes, we tend to forget about God’s Word when major problems are right in front of us. That’s why it’s so important to meditate on God’s Word, so that we’ll have God’s overcoming Word at the forefront of our minds.

Don’t listen to the “You can’t make it” lies of the devil and don’t try to figure it out on your own. Allow God and His Word to intervene to see you through.

John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

As we see, the devil is the father of lies. Everything he tells us is a lie. One of the lies he tells us is the insignificant lie.

God will give us instructions to advance the Kingdom of God or to be a blessing. He may tell us to serve somewhere at our church, volunteer at a shelter, or call someone to check on them from time to time. The devil will tell us what we’re doing is insignificant or not benefiting anyone. Like I said, everything the devil tells us is a lie.

We may not see the impact it has on someone’s life or in the Kingdom of God, but just know that it is. If God tells us to do something, it will have impact. The fact that the devil is telling us our actions are insignificant is proof that they’re impactful.

Continue to do what God called us to do and don’t believe the lies of Satan.

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

When we spend time with God, there’s an anointing on our lives that goes beyond our education, our qualifications, and networking ability. We’ll view things differently, we’ll come up with new ideas, and we’ll inspire many. Our presence will bring peace to a room, joy in people’s hearts, and a hopeful outcome. Frankly put, the God on us will get on them.

When we spend time in God’s presence, people can sense a difference in us. When everyone is worried, we’re calm. When everyone is complaining, we’re keeping our mouths shut. When everyone is hopeless, we’re hopeful.

Some may become inquisitive about our peculiar nature. That’s when we have an opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ or tell them about our time with God.

Let’s differentiate ourselves by spending quality time with God.

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