You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. Galatians 5 v7-8
So often we are running a good race. We are in a good ‘season’ with everything in our lives running smoothly and according to plan. Our hearts are set on God and our eyes are fixed and focused ahead, we are heading in the right direction, we are unwavering and full of hope.
Then something cuts in on us. We get thrown off track or lured by the wayside. We no longer believe in the truth. The truth about being a son or daughter of the King who is loved and treasured above all. The truth about being made in His image and that we are full of His strength. The truth that we belong to a faithful God who makes all things work together for good. Anything that can make us think this way does not come from the one who calls you.
He has called you to stand in the light and not to hide in the dark. Anything that stops you from believing the truth needs to be walked away from. Let me be vulnerable with you for a minute to make my point. I struggle a little with self image and I am sure that I am not the only one. I find myself going along in life and I am in a great place, I know that I am loved and can love myself and accept my flaws. I am focused on my good qualities and forgetting the rest – the grey hairs, the waist being too big and skin not so flawless.
Then I begin to read magazines that are full of beautiful flawless looking women, the TV shows that I may watch have those same gorgeous women looking tall and elegant and flawless. The chatterbox in my mind begins to start talking. The enemy creeps in and draws out the insecurities I have about myself. I begin to believe the lies and forget the truth. I now stand in the darkness of my insecurities and not in the light of His love and acceptance.
I need to deny the enemy a foot hold in my life. I stop listening to the lies, I tell the chatterbox in my mind to quiet down and I shut out anything and everything that focuses on my insecurities. I stand in His presence, I read the word of God and listen to what HE has to say about me. I get back in my lane, not in the lane everybody else is running in, I let the comparisons go and only listen to the people who have a positive influence in my life.
As you run your race remember to deny the enemy a foothold and instead stand in the light of truth, aligning your heart and mind with that of God. I encourage you to remember His word over your life and His promises. I encourage you to stand in His presence and be filled with His strength and power so that you can continue to run the race that is marked out just for you.
Joining in with the lovely Amanda Viviers over at her blog Capture life for Inspire#15 April creative prompts