by Renée Berry
“Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace for help at the time of our need” (Hebrews 4:16 NASB).
God! Who Are You?
The mission of Satan is to destroy our intimacy with God and unplug His power in our lives. He knows he is defeated, but his last-ditch effort is to take us all down before Jesus strikes the final blow against the evil one and his demons. Because of dysfunctional relationships, difficult circumstances and rejections, we are tempted to make feelings into Truth and bam, we’re toast! We have succumbed to the trickery and wiles of the evil one. We are enticed to doubt and sink into the miry pit of unbelief. The doubt leads us to ask the question, “Why would I want to Invite Jesus In?” We are more likely to continue with our rant against God, all the time agreeing with the enemy. “He has allowed all of this pain, sorrow and suffering. He is an unloving God; a punishing God; a distant and uncaring God.” Isn’t what we are tempted to believe about God on a feeling level, that which keeps us from God?
The Problem = the Deceptive Thought
If I am tempted to believe God is untrustworthy and I look at every circumstance, pain, sorrow and suffering through that lens, I will never want to let Him love and comfort me. A God damning demonic spirit is alive, constantly whispering in our ear and accusing God of not being Who He is. It is the unhealed places in our souls (mind, will, and emotions) that bring us into agreement with the lie and allow that voice to feel true to us. The weakness of our flesh then responds to those lies and we begin a very unnecessary war with God in our soul and body like King David in Psalm 13. Our lens of life is colored by rejections from significant others, real or perceived. The circumstances of life have given us messages where we might perceive God through an emotional lens as unloving, uncaring, untrustworthy, punishing, and angry and a plethora of other emotions. Healing can only come through believing that God is Who Jesus revealed Him to be. David, amidst expressing all his pain to the Lord, knew Who God was. After his emotional tirade, he returned to that Truth. Invite Him In! Run into the throne room! He is your Enough and He wants to heal you so you can freely come to your Abba’s lap (Hebrews 4:16). He is your Fountain of Life! Experiencing God in an intimate relationship is New Covenant living!
“How long will You forget me, O Lord? Forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? 2 How long must I lay up cares within me and have sorrow in my heart day after day? How long shall my enemy exalt himself over me? 3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; lighten the eyes [of my faith to behold Your face in the pitchlike darkness], lest I sleep the sleep of death, 4 Lest my enemy say, I have prevailed over him, and those that trouble me rejoice when I am shaken. 5 But I have trusted, leaned on, and been confident in Your mercy and loving-kindness; my heart shall rejoice and be in high spirits in Your salvation. 6 I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me” (Psalm 13:1-6 AMPC).
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