Tripping, Serpents and Freedom

Have you ever been in a situation like this?

You’re walking down a street and you trip in front of a crowd of people. You fall, everything you’re carrying falls with you, and to top it off your coffee ends up down the front of your shirt. You quickly pick yourself up and all your belongings. You assure the crowd that you are okay and you quickly move on.

But internally you’ve only started.

Your first thought is, “Of course. Of course! I’d be the one to trip and fall in front of a crowd, (the I then turns to a you’re as you begin to talk to yourself about yourself) you’re so clumsy, you’re always making a fool of your self, why can’t you just watch where you’re going, you stupid fool.” From there it only gets worse. “Stupid fool! no wonder you’re having a hard time getting a date, its a wonder you’ll ever find one, you can’t even walk down the street without making a fool of yourself. A  fool is right, you are a fool and no on loves a fool. Why can’t you just get it together?”

There it is, the phrase that kills, “no one loves.” It is amazing how a small event can cause such a strong and fast reaction. It took me longer to write the above paragraph than the average time it takes to get to this point. Usually it takes about 1 to 10 seconds. A door is opened when we do something that makes us stand out, and the lies are ready to take you captive. The enemy is constantly looking for ways to hand out new names. He’d love nothing more than to see you trapped by mistruths.

This is a constant battle that began a long time ago. In the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were chilling out living quite the life. The entire garden was theirs. I can barely imagine the beauty of the garden or the variety of life growing and living there. God had told them they could eat off of whatever tree they wanted with exception of one tree. And with that one request, the crafty serpent enters the scene.

He goes directly to Eve with the great deception, planting seeds of self importance and mis-trust of God in her mind. At that moment Eve accepts a new name for herself, God and others and makes a choice out of it. She gives herself the name: incomplete. She gives God the name: Not trustworthy or good. And, she gives others the name: selfish people who are out for themselves (cause if I don’t do it now, someone else will do it before me!). Eve makes an agreement with the new names as she takes a bite of the forbidden fruit.

The enemy trapped Eve with a lie and she made an agreement with it and she then lived out of that lie as though it were truth.

The enemy continues with the same plan today. His lies seem to show up daily, hourly, and by the minute and we are so busy, or we’ve heard them so often that we no longer question their validity. We simply accept the serpent’s words as truth and make choices accordingly.

“The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy,” Jesus says. “But I have come that you might have life to the full.” What a difference! Jesus also says that if we follow Him we will know the truth and the truth will set us free.

Take some time to write down the things that you believe about yourself. Do the words you use to describe yourself match that of God’s opinion of you? Do the words lead you to life and freedom? Or do they ultimately end in having your joy killed off, your identity stolen and your life destroyed in some capacity?

Take a moment below to write a word that leads to life. A word which you know is true, about you!

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