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Is God Egocentric?

Egocentric: having or regarding the self or the individual as the center of all things. Having little or no regard for interests, beliefs, or attitudes other than one’s own; self-centered.

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/egocentric?s=t

This week I started fall semester at my school. I’m taking a biological anthropology course and of course on the first day of lecture my professor was completely bashing Christianity. She was talking about how our founding fathers were egocentric for believing that God had called them to cross the ocean and to pursue a land where they could pursue their own beliefs, Christianity, while taking away the Native Americans’ land in the process. She went on to categorize Christianity with other religions saying that all religions were included in the idea of egocentrism.

I could literally feel my blood boiling. I knew eventually I would have to sit in class where my professor would bash Christianity but I never thought it would come during the first lecture. During the lecture I was mentally arguing with her the entire time but then I reminded myself of Luke 23:34 which states, “Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.” I realized that she doesn’t know that Christianity is a personal relationship with God not a religion. And she doesn’t know that God gives us the choice to pursue Him.

In Deuteronomy 30, Moses plainly tells the Israelites how they can obtain a full life and escape death which is just by loving the Lord and doing all that He asks. He tells the Israelites how God will bless them but Moses also warns the Israelites of the cost of worshipping other gods and how that life will lead to death and destruction. Throughout the scripture, neither Moses nor God forced the Israelites to choose. Both paths of life were laid out and the Israelites had the free will to choose which path to take. Additionally, we see in Matthew 16:24-25 it says, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Key word here is desires. Neither God in heaven, Jesus as a man, or the Holy Spirit as our conscience has forced anyone to do anything.

God is not egocentric. He is a jealous God and wants you all to Himself but He doesn’t force you and I to stay with Him. We choose to stay with Him. If His children fall away, He lets them go and prays that they will come back to Him. He doesn’t force us to stay once we make that decision to be with Him. In His word, He shows us all the blessings of being with Him and He also shows us that a life without Him may seem great at first but long term, it will lead to destruction, heartache, and eternal separation from God.

We live in a world where people believe they are the center of the universe. Where people think, “what can you do to benefit me?” As humans born as sinners we can so easily be egocentric but God doesn’t think that way. He doesn’t look for us to benefit Him but instead He wants to benefit us. He sent down His only begotten Son to save us from a life of destruction. He is altruistic.

Altruistic: unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others.

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/altruistic?s=t

I know that I am so blessed to have a God who will come along side me during this semester and give me the strength I need to continue with this class. I want be altruistic like God so that I can show my professors and peers that God is not egocentric. My professor mentioned how religions are egocentric and can be hostile to other religions because they think their’s is the best. 1) Christianity is not a religion. It is a personal relationship with God. 2) I can disagree with people while still giving them respect and love just as God bestows it upon me. 3) I can write the way my professors want me to but I don’t have to believe it to be true. Every single time the world has tried to make me feel bad for my choices, I remind myself of these three things. God never said life would be easy once you follow after Him but He never said we would do it alone.

“Life with God is not immunity from difficulties but peace within difficulties.” ~ C.S. Lewis

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A Season of Change

I am sure many of you have forgotten about me. Hey, even I forgot about my own blog. It has been 10 months since my last post. There have been many times I have sat at my computer waiting for God to bring me inspiration but there was nothing. I even found a full length post that I never published (oops!) Anyway, long story short, I started going back to college this past summer and it has been going so much better than the first time around when I was 18. It has been great to shift gears back to academics after a long gap year (3 years to be exact). But I have missed the time I spend on here and social media showing you all how I live my life God’s way.

As I have prayed and sought the Lord’s guidance on how what to do with the blog, I knew for sure that I did not want to stop blogging and sharing inspirational posts on my social media platforms. With that said, I will continue to keep blogging. It won’t post every week but once a month where I recap the month and share current verses and artists/songs that have really been inspiring me. During the time I am not blogging, I will be sharing inspirational quotes and scriptures. My intention for this platform and what it has always been is to share with you who God is and to serve you, God’s child, whether through prayer, an encouraging word, exhortation and clarity of the gospels, and anything else that is going to strengthen your walk with God.

Right now I am going through a season of change but I pray you will come along with me on this journey.

~ Isabel

You Are… Not inferior

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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The word inferior means someone of lower rank, status, or quality. As someone who has been made to feel inferior, I know first hand that it can be hard to shake this feeling. Social media and magazines are now filled with body positivity and articles about accepting one another for who they are. There are words upon words but do they have any true meaning? And why is it that girls, of all ages, are still not confident in who God has made them to be?

The problem:

Nowadays it is so easy to get caught up in what the world says our life should be like. We get jealous of someone’s “perfect life” and forget the life we have already been blessed with. We go after others publically or in our hearts because we are insecure about something within ourselves. We justify our actions without thinking of the consequences. You may be wondering what this has to do with feeling inferior so I’ll explain. This is all how the world thinks and how they process certain situations. We live in a world where this can also affect how a Christian thinks and reacts when we lose our focus on the ONE who truly matters.

The solution:

“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” ~ 1 Samuel 16:7

As Christians, it is so easy to get caught up in how the world sees us. We allow the world to make us feel inferior but really we are harming ourselves more than they are. But more importantly, God does not see us as inferior. And he does not see the non-christian as inferior either. Our God does not look at the outward appearance. He does not see a number on a scale and say “oh sorry you didn’t make the cut” or “sorry you’re just not wealthy enough for Me.” No, He looks at the heart. Do we have a heart that represents the evil of this world or do we have a heart that seeks out the things of the Lord? God seeks those who follow after Him.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well,” Psalm 139:14.

God has made us perfect in His image. Sometimes the world can make us feel inferior. But as Christians, we must be careful not to make one another feel inferior and the people who have yet to accept Christ into their lives. 

“You are altogether beautiful, my love;
there is no flaw in you.” ~ Song of Solomon 4:7 

You see that girl above? That is a girl who has laid down that feeling of inferiority at Jesus’ feet and is free in God’s love. As someone who has been bullied, I know that there is so much freedom in God’s love and He’s waiting for you too to lay down your burdens and be free in Him. And remember, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt.

Is My Faith Public Enough To Be Challenged?

What a burning question, is it not? Is my faith public enough to be challenged? This a question that has stuck with me for about two weeks since my youth pastor asked this rhetoric question in his study and all I could that about was two incidents that had happened several days prior to hearing this study:

One afternoon I was doing my usual 3:15-6 o’clock after school care and two of the students walked up to where I was sitting and plopped down a notebook filled with questions about the Bible. One of the girls proceeded to ask me, “Why did God create us if He knew that man would sin?” I went on to explain what the word of God says about sin and how He gives us the option to follow after Him and that He never forces us to follow Him. Once she understood, she then went on to ask me her second question, “If God created a perfect world, why did He allow sin to enter the world?” Now this question really got me. I sat with her reading different translations to find where God said His creation was perfect. But then I realized, God never said He created a perfect world. In Genesis 1, the only thing the scriptures say is that God said that it was very good. Everything God created was very good but He never once said perfect. I then sat with the girl and showed her how easily people can take the bible out of context when they start adding their own words to the scriptures. I showed her how to study scripture with commentaries and how to do cross referencing. Throughout my entire time talking to these two girls, the girl with the questions kept asking me, “but how do you know?” and “why?” These questions really tested my faith and I had never been challenged like this before. Thankfully the Lord gave me the right words to say to these girls and I was able to exhort and encourage them in their walk with God.

A few days later, I was playing basketball with them when they started to recite several scriptures back to each other and yelling them as loud as they could to one another. They were obviously fooling around but the next thing that happened really blessed me. One of the girls said that they should pray, so they both went on their knees and held hands and began to pray. The prayed for one anothers walk with God, for the people hurting around them, for their families, for the friends, and all the teachers at the school. This was such a special moment for me because I saw two girls who, earlier in the week had so many questions about God, and now they had a new found understanding and trust in God.

I never knew that my faith would be challenged by two middle schoolers but it was and I’m glad it happened. These girls are used to memorizing scripture and always start with religion class everyday but I got to show them a deeper way of reading the bible. I showed them how to study the scripture, how to support their actions with scripture, and the importance of not taking scripture out of context just like how I’ve been taught. Now these girls come to me with their questions and when I don’t have the answer we research together. These kids challenge me in a way I was never really challenged before and I hope they keep challenging me everyday. So now I ask you: is your faith public enough to be challenged?

Summer Madness

Oh my goodness! These past several months have been so busy! I was hoping to post more often throughout the summer but obviously God had other plans. I literally have been writing a little bit of this post at a time since June started. A lot has changed since my last post so this post is going to be an update on my life these past several months.

First off, I turned 20 in July and it was such a blessing to celebrate with my family and the staff at my old job (more on this later). Also, my boyfriend and I celebrated 2 years of courting!!! ❤️ It’s amazing how much we have grown in the Lord together and how He is blessing the relationship!

During the end of July I was blessed enough to participate in my church’s VBS (vacation bible school). I got to serve alongside some amazing teens and adults and make some new friends along the way and it honestly was a great stress reliever for me to just be able to serve God through this ministry. And the week centered around Hebrews 11:1 which talked on faith. If you couldn’t tell, I really love the topic of faith. Although, I’m definitely going to try to discuss other topics as well.

Once it hit August, it felt like a race to do as much as we could before my sister went back to school. So we had a paddle boarding/beach day with a few close friends which was probably the most fun I have ever had with these people and the fellowship was such a blessing! Then we had another beach day with our youth pastor and the youth leaders we served with. Then before I knew it it was September!

September is literally a blur in my mind and me tell you why: I started a new job. As most of you know I used to work at my church’s bookstore. I was there for a little over a year and a half and I learned so much from that job. Other than taking care of my neighbor’s house, when they left on vacations, with my sister, this was my first real job. Near the middle to end of my first and last semester of college, my mom and I were both quietly praying that I would be able to get a job in the bookstore. We never mentioned this to anyone and out of no where we get a call from my uncle, the manager of the bookstore, asking me if I was interested in having a job at the store. I could hardly contain my excitement. I learned a lot of valuable lessons within this past year and a half.

Since I had dropped out of college, I had to start paying for my own portion of car insurance and pay for my own gas (prior to any of this, my parents paid for everything for me). I learned how to spend my money wisely and to budget my expenses. I learned important people skills and retail tips that will forever stick with me because I can’t go into a store now without fixing the shelves. But overall, this job helped me grow in my walk with God. College left me spiritually drained and empty. I lost the passion I once had for serving and studying God’s word. This job was an all access pass to hundreds of books that supported scripture, which helped answer a lot of questions and concerns I had. This job was not just a job to me, it helped save my walk with God from going in the wrong direction.

 

Now you can imagine how hard it was for me to come to the decision to leave and pursue a new career. During August, the Lord had put it in my heart to start looking for a new job. I cried a lot because I loved working at the bookstore but God was pointing me in a new direction. I knew I wouldn’t be at the bookstore forever but I never thought it would come so soon. Once I made peace with what the Lord was telling me to do, I started to consider my options. I looked into several different job categories until my boyfriend told me that the school he works at had two job openings. I always knew I wanted to do something with kids but I never knew what so I was very excited to see what positions were available at the school. One position was for daycare and after school care and the other was an Admissions Director (recruiting) position. I applied to both during the last to second week of August before school started for them. By the end of that week I would officially be sending my two weeks notice and getting ready to start working at my new job and yes…. I got both positions! My last two weeks at the bookstore were definitely bitter-sweet. I was going to miss seeing the same faces every week and see customers who have completely blessed my life. But I was also excited to start a new career journey.

It has officially been seven weeks since I started this job and I can honestly say that these kids bring so much joy to my life. I wake up at 4:50 every morning (I know, it’s a weird time to wake up) and I’m out in El Monte by 6:45. I listen to K-Wave every morning and Pastor Tony Evan’s studies have really been helping me start my mornings off right. I have so much peace about this job and I know that this is where God wants me to be.

So now you are caught up! I know it was a lot and I haven’t posted more frequently then I would have liked to but thanks for sticking around! It means a lot that you have stayed with me this long. And for sure this time, I plan on posting at least once a month with more posts on studying scripture and I’m still continuing my You Are… series.

So till next time,

Isabel Marie ♥

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“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Why I’ve Been Gone


Yay I’m back!! I have really missed writing but I needed to take a break for a while for a very personal reason. This reason being I have anger issues. Yes, I have anger issues. When I first started this blog one year ago and 21 days, I wanted to inspire people from what I learned from studying the Bible and also keep my personal walk with God accountable by sharing with you what I have learned and what some of my struggles are. But for the past three months I did not feel that I was suitable to write since my anger was getting out of hand.

As some of you know I do have insecurities with body which are mainly my own doing because I’m not consistent in working out and eating the right way. So because of this, I have been frustrated with myself and keeping in anger towards myself. This is what most of my anger is from however, I have noticed over the past few months that sometimes I’m angry for no apparent reason. I could be having the time of my life one moment and then next feel completely moody. This anger that I feel has not only hurt God and the people around me but also myself. I cried out to God asking Him why I feel this way and to release me from this sin but I heard nothing from Him. Eventually my mom and I had a long talk about my anger and the root of the problem. And after reading Winning Your Personal Battles  by Pastor Steve Carr I learned what God says about the anger I have.

In Pastor Steve Carr’s book, he has a special chapter dedicated to overcoming anger. To summarize, it is okay for me to be angry but it is how I handle my anger and what I’m angry about that matters. In Ephesians 4:26 it states, “Be angry, and do not sin.” This scripture is a in reference to an Old Testament command from Psalm 4:4. The scripture means be angry at your sin so that you will refrain from continuous sin. Carr states, “Anger is absolutely essential for the removal of any sinful behavior or practice” (120). So I have been learning to channel my anger towards my sin without beating myself up about it till there is nothing left of me, because I will beat myself up about it time and time again.

I also learned that my anger can be destructive as well. I get angry when someone doesn’t do something that I wanted them to do or when things don’t go my way. And in the past I started to suppress my anger however, I did’t know how to let out my anger or communicate my anger with the people around me. Eventually I would get to a point where I would explode with anger over the smallest most stupidest thing ever. I learned that explosive anger and suppressing my anger were not healthy for my mind set and my walk with God at all. Instead of suppressing my anger, I learned to communicate how I felt. Growing up my mom taught me to always communicate how I felt or what I was thinking but something about communicating my struggles made me feel very vulnerable and in turn I shut out the people who loved me the most including God.

During these past few months I continued to serve as a worship leader. Serving others helped keep me be humble and vulnerable with the Lord as I worked my issues out with Him. Serving in the worship ministry meant I had to work with different personalities including my sister and mom and the Lord knows the three of us can clash at times. But serving overall kept me grounded and I learned to lean on God during my times of struggle. I have gotten better with communicating to my family and boyfriend to keep their distance when I feel angry. They have been there through all my ugly episodes and have continued to pray with me and encourage me in God’s word. Learning to communicate my feelings has helped me so much.

It is a choice to allow my anger to effect me negatively. But I have learned to turn that anger towards my sin in hopes of being angry at the sin I commit rather than allow it to take hold of me making me into a person who allows her flesh to take over.

Writing this is very personal to me but I hope by reading this you realize that even though I am a Christian blogger, I am still imperfect and sinful like anyone else. I strive for perfection but fall short at the glory of God. Yet He is still there to pick me up and guide me. Throughout these few months, I have experienced God’s unconditional love for me and you. We are awful sinners in need of a Savior and yet, God still loved us enough to send His only Son down to earth to die on the cross for every awful sin we commit. And to think that the moment Jesus was born He knew that one day He would die for all of us and He never complained or tried to delay the process. He was just obedient and busy about His father’s business.

So, as I come to the end of this post, I have been in the process of finally getting a blogging space of my own. My 20th birthday is next week and my wonderful parents have decided to bless me by helping me make a blogging space in my bedroom. I am very excited to have a creative space to call my own and thanks to God and my parents, it is finally happening. I have also decided that I am going to put out a blog post 1 to 2 times a month that way I have a better structure going and I will be posting on my Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Pinterest more frequently. I also hope to do a few experimental posts such as interviews as well as lookbooks (fashion entries) and see how that goes. I have a lot of big dreams for this blog and whether I reach a lot of people or none at all, I am going to keep doing what the Lord has shown no matter what.

If you have anger issues like me or any struggles at all, feel free to contact me on my social media platforms, comment on this post, or email me. I’m here and above all God is there for you. Thank you for taking the time to read this incredibly long post and thank you to the people who have stuck around while I’ve been gone from writing. I love you guys! ❤

 

How well do you know God?

 

My bible study notes and a calligraphy design behind the page.
 

 

One of the most common things you’ll here in a bible study is your fellowship with other believers and how it is so important that you have other believers in your life who will encourage you and exhort you and be that “as iron sharpens iron” friend. Well this past Sunday my sister and I did worship for the youth group and during the service the youth pastor asked a simple question at the end of his study: “How well do you know God?” During the service I brought out my Believer’s Bible Commentary by William MacDonald on my iPhone in iBooks (isn’t technology great?) I began to analyze verses 1-4 of 1st John 1. These verses showed the reader John’s witness of Christ in his life. John, as one of the 12 disciples, was blessed enough to not only here about God coming down to earth as Jesus Christ but he was also able to see Jesus, touch Him, and have fellowship with Him. John writes about how when he is sharing the gospel with the people he meets, he is then in fellowship with them and the people are also in fellowship with God Himself. He goes on to share that our fellowship with God will bring joy, a joy that will fill our entire being; this joy can only be experienced when Christ is living in and through us.

John’s constant fellowship with God showed him how much God cared for him. God, the Creator of everything, had a desire to have a personal relationship with John who, even though was part of the 12 disciples, was also a rotten sinner like the rest of us. This fellowship with God continued even after Jesus descended to heaven. The fellowship that John had with God brought him great joy that he knew he must share with the world till the day he died.

Now, how well do you know God?

From what the Lord has shown me and is still showing me is that He is my ultimate comforter. Through His word He shows me what I need to hear rather than what I want to hear. He puts things in my life that keep me close to Him. God constantly reminds me that I am not in control of my life, which is a good thing because my life would probably be really messed up if it wasn’t for the Holy Spirit directing my life. I may not be able to see Jesus face to face like John did but I have faith that I will see Him one day because I feel His presence within me and I can see Him in every good and holy thing in this world. And that is enough for me to know that there is a God who looks out for me and you. A God who knew that even when He created Adam and Eve they would fall into sin yet He would still love them any way. He continues to love us even with all our faults. I know this because I have fellowship with God. I won’t say that it is true fellowship with God because I still have struggles in my life that I need to work out, but I have faith that God will meet me right where I’m at and continue to help me withstand the devil and his plan to hold me captive to my sin. The fellowship I have with God has revealed this all to me and much more.

Obstacles 

What are the obstacles in your life that are holding you back or delaying something in your life? Maybe it’s the traffic that you have to face everyday to go to work. Or it could be that ice cream place down the street that has (insert you favorite flavor) ice cream and you know that would sabotage your healthy eating habits but you don’t care because its your favorite and you end paying for it later because you haven’t seen the scale move down yet. Woah that was a mouth full! But seriously, what are your obstacles? And for my friends and family reading this, they know that I face almost an hour or more in traffic twice for three times a week. And they also know I LOVE ice cream and french fries… a lot! But everyday I must choose to resist awesome Chick-fil-A french fries and After’s Ice Cream and choose to replace these with healthy snacks which can also be super yummy. But in all seriousness my obstacles seem so small and tiny to other people who have more serious obstacles other than food.

I have two friends who have Lyme Disease and they are probably some of the strongest women I know. Their relationship with God has not only grown deeper but they have been faithful to believe in His mercies and grace. Then there are my friends who have cancer and not one of them has doubted God. They have stayed faithful to their King and he has bestowed mercy on them. One friend has defeated cancer twice. And then there are my two other friends who are still dealing with their cancer but every time I see them they have a smile on their face and joy in their heart.

Now what do all these men and women have in common with each other?

Jesus Christ in their life and the Holy Spirit living inside them.

I cannot imagine or understand the obstacles these men and women have faced or are still facing. But their commitment to God is a reflection of how they treat their situation. They all had faith that God would meet them right where they’re at. They had faith that God would equip them with all that they needed each day. Just like how Paul was in prison and continued to share the gospel and be joyful, so have these men and women faced their struggles. They continued to serve the Lord everyday with joy in their hearts.

As Christians, we must remember that our lives will never go the way we think it will go. It will go the way God says it will. These men and women submitted to the Lord’s will no matter what God had for them. And we can do the same when God puts us in various tests and trials.

“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” – Romans 5:3-5

Everything the Lord puts in front of us good or bad is for our own good. I know at times that it is hard for me to see or want to see the big picture but I must always remind myself that God knows what He is doing. He would never put me in a situation I could not handle because He equips me with all that I need. And when I’m whining or complaining, I have to remind myself that there are other people with bigger problems than my own. So as we get further into the new year, let us remember that the obstacles we face, whether big or small, brings perseverance, and perseverance brings character, and character brings hope because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. I want to challenge you this year to memorize this verse or put it somewhere where you will always see it. For me I like to save verses and uses them as my screen savers on my phone. So find a way that will help you remember this verse when you are struggling with a certain situation. And remember that God will be with you wherever you go.

2016: Looking Back 


2016

A year of sorrow and happiness. Joy and disappointment. New friends and friends who are no longer with us.

This year has been a whirlwind of events and emotions. But through it all God has been the same. I see so many things on social media that say that 2016 was the worst year yet; that people can’t wait for this year to be over. And I agree that there were some rough days or weeks or even months throughout this year but there were a lot of amazing times as well.

Throughout everything God was the center and He still is. When someone was going through something tragic or hard, we as a church family, would be right by their side to pray with them and help them in any way. This year has shown me the strength and unity that we have as Christians and as a church family. When one person hurts, we all hurt. When one person is rejoicing, we all rejoice.

If I had to do 2016 over again I would not change a thing except for the loss of two dear friends this year. John Martinez and Matt Limas who will forever have a place in all our hearts. Yes losing you was tragic and we may not know why the Lord called you home so soon but because of this you have brought the church together very close this year. I don’t know why death brings unity to a family but it does. May your strong faith in God inspire us everyday to live out the Lord’s will. 

This year had a lot of twist and turns but that just means that our savior Christ Jesus is coming soon. We don’t know when He will return but as long as we’re still waiting, let’s make the most of the last few hours of 2016 and let’s look towards the future in hopes of seeing our Lord again. I pray that the Lord would protect you tonight and always! God bless! ❤

“For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, And her salvation as a lamp that burns. The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, And all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, Which the mouth of the LORD will name. You shall also be a crown of glory In the hand of the LORD, And a royal diadem In the hand of your God.‭‭” ~ Isaiah‬ ‭62:1-3‬ ‭

You Are… Strong

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Is there something or someone in your life that is making you feel anything but strong? We all know that the world would love to bring us down for something. The media tells us that we’re too fat, that we need to wear more makeup, that the only way we’ll ever find love is if we put ourselves out there. The world desires to tear us down till we’re just a little puddle of nothing. Satan tries to feed us lies that no one will ever love us. That being a Christian is useless and that we should forget about all that God has done for us. Satan tries to make us feel insecure about ourselves, the friends we have, and even our own family. Satan wants us to think that the only way a boy will notice us is if we wear tight outfits and revealing clothing. There are so many lies that Satan feeds us everyday to get us off that straight and narrow path God has set for us. But we must remember that these are just lies.

I know that some days I allow Satan to make me feel unloved. I allow him to plant thoughts in my head of doubt and insecurity. I am a worry wart and I’ll admit that I do worry about what other people think of me now then or I’ll worry about how my boss thinks I’m doing with my job. But this doubt and fear does not make me strong. What makes me strong is Christ in me and unless I have my armor on then of course I’m going to allow Satan to win over God. In Ephesians 6:12 it says, “for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Our battle isn’t with the people around us but the devil inside them that feeds them and us lies. Like I said earlier, the world would love to tear us down but really it is Satan because Satan himself is telling the world lies which means that those who have given in to the world will attack anything that does not go according to what the devil says.

I want you to take a moment and write down everything about yourself that you doubt or dislike. Write down what makes you scared or insecure. Now look at your list and tell yourself you are not (fill in the blank) because I have a father who loves me. I will gird my waist with the belt of truth, I will put on the breastplate of righteousness, I will put on the shoes of the gospel of peace, I will take hold of the shield of faith, I will put on the helmet of salvation, and I will take hold of the sword of the spirit, which is the word or God.

If you have Christ Jesus in you then you are strong. Everyday you must make the decision to put on the armor of God. If you don’t then Satan has already won the battle. Be comforted in knowing that God hears your prayers. He’s always there to guide you and tell you the truth. I find comfort in knowing that when I feel completely lost I can go to God with every need and He will bring me the strength I need to handle the day or that certain situation. You are strong. Never let anyone tell you you’re not. ❤️