Sin whispers, “I am easier.”
Satan whispers, “No one can obey all of God’s rules.”
Sin says, “Why try to do right? You can’t be perfect.
Satan says, “You failed.”
Sin lies, “You will always be a failure and worthless.”
Satan lies, “You can’t be used by God.”
And all of the sudden, because I have sinned, I believe that God can’t use me, despite the fact that the Bible says that God loved me while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8).
The Bible is clear that God made us (Genesis 1 and 2) and loves us (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). The Bible is also clear that God hates sin (Romans 12:9). Although it is easy to get hard-hearted and overlook my sins, deep down in my heart, I know that I am not who I am supposed to be. I wish sinning wasn’t so enticing. I wish I didn’t succumb to it so easily.
Somedays, I am highly aware of my sin. Sin keeps me away for the intimacy with God that I desire. Although the Bible paints a picture of a father who desperately wants me back, I struggle believing it. Not because I don’t believe in the Bible, but rather I have a negative view of myself.
Recently, I have heard myself say, “I am valuable,” and I believe it.
It surprises me. No matter how many times I have looked at myself in the mirror and said, “You are beautiful,” it didn’t change my mind. Satan was right there, convincing me that I was fooling myself. Sin was there reminding me of the deceit, laziness, and gluttony that I had done and how it has changed my body.
I testify with Adrian Rogers, who says, “God loves us just the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way.” God has been changing the way I look at myself. Although sin still tries to minimize my value, I am learning to ignore him. But I can’t ignore Satan by myself. He is just that convincing.
When I focus on God (and not my problems), He changes everything. When I focus on the truth of His Word, I can believe that God loves me. When I focus on my failure, I question how anyone could love me.
When I trust God, my confidence grows. When I trust myself, I believe sin’s lies.
So pursue God. Allow His truth to change you. Read the Word and listen to it. Minimize negative messages. Replace Satan/sin’s lies for the truth. God can and will use you for His glory and His Kingdom.
Philippians 4:8: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things.
1 Corinthians 14:20 Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking. Instead, be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.