Hi Friends, how are you? Changes are coming, aren’t they? Sameness is never forever and I think that’s fortunate.  Everything and everyone should change; we should do better and get better at doing better.  Even the seasons change, even though a few of you may enjoy perpetual summery temperatures. The leaves fall off the trees, the rains are a bit more frequent, and some fruits are seasonal.  As fall settles in my neck of the woods and the birds hurry to Florida, my mornings usually begin with silence.  The days are getting shorter and cooler and rain is quickly becoming our new normal.  “Winter is coming”, they say, “we just want you to be prepared”.  But can you ever really be prepared for winter?   IMG_3033In the beginning of our marriage, my husband and I prayed for a baby.  A few months later, we received the news that I was pregnant. We were elated and thankful; the Lord had answered our prayers.  About four months into the pregnancy, I started spotting and having cramps.  In her office, our doctor delivered the worst news to us.  We prayed and prayed and prayed, but four days later, I lost the baby.   My heart was broken, I cried until there were no tears left and still I was inconsolable.  How could God do something like that? How can He give something and then take it away? How can He be so cruel? Doesn’t He love me anymore? Did I do something to upset Him? Surely He can’t be as good as they say? Do you know God can handle these questions? He really, really can.  He answered them when I asked, He continues to answer them, when my feelings control my thoughts and the Enemy of my soul tells me that God can’t be trusted.   Here are a few lies, we should NEVER, NEVER believe… John 8 44

  1. Nobody loves me
  2. We are innately good people
  3. We just need to love ourselves a little more
  4. We are in control
  5. We have to be and do good for God to love us
  6. God isn’t good
  7. God cannot be trusted
  8. God is cruel
  9. God doesn’t love me
  10. God can’t handle our frustrations
  11. God isn’t fairIs 46 9Feelings don’t always tell the truth, do they? We can ‘feel’ fine and healthy, but that doesn’t mean we are.  Because feelings can’t always be trusted, we can stand on the truth of God’s Word.  In I Samuel 30, the Bible gives a great account of an episode in King David’s life.  In verse 6 of that chapter, we are told David strengthened himself in the Lord.  He reminded himself of what He knew to be true about God.  I imagine he recited the scripture, he had already memorized. We need to remind ourselves of what we KNOW to be true about ourselves and about God.  The truth is found in God’s Word; the truth is the Word of God. John 17:17 proverbs-3
  1. We are so much loved that God sent His only Begotten Son to save us (John 3:16; Romans 5:8)
  2. We are not good people and we never will be (Isaiah 5:21;Romans 3:10, 23)
  3. Loving ourselves is hardly a problem, loving others is the real difficulty (Galatians 6:3; James 2:8)
  4. God is in control and we really, really want Him to be; (Isaiah 41:10; Psalm 46:1)
  5. Thankfully we don’t have to be good to be loved by God; the Bible tells us ‘all our goodness is as filthy rags’(Jeremiah 17:9) yet while we were sinners, Christ loved us’ (Romans 5:8)
  6. God is always good and He always does good.  He can’t be anything less (Psalm 34:8; Romans :28)
  7. We can trust the Personhood, the works and the love of God (Proverbs 3:5,6; Hebrews 13:8)
  8. Cruelty cannot co-exist with love.  God is either Love or cruel; He can’t be both (2 Peter 3:9; I John 4:10)
  9. You, yes, just you are loved.  You are so loved and unique and so special and you are beautiful, created in the image of the almighty God. There has never been and there will never be another you.  Psalm 139 was written just for you.
  10. God is Almighty, All-Powerful, and Great.  He can handle our frustrations (I Peter 5:8).  Tell Him and be prepared to be answered.
  11. Psalm 78 tells us as the author looked around him, he saw healthy, wealthy and seemingly happy people.  He didn’t understand why they had it made and yet as much as he tried, he struggled and failed.  Life just didn’t seem fair.  But Romans 2:11 and Deuteronomy 10:17 tells a different tale.  John 1 1

TRUTH: We are loved unconditionally; we are cared for and cherished.  This applies to every single human being; saved or unsaved.  A Savior was sent to us to redeem us from the clutches of the Evil One because of that love.  TRUTH: We can trust our God; He is always good, always faithful, always gracious, always merciful.  TRUTH: Our feelings do not always tell the truth; so we put our trust in the truth of the Word of God.  John 10 10What are some lies you’ve heard or believed; how do you counter these lies?