The Well Magazine Spring 2013 - Page 9

Spirit even if it was the wrong man. What God has shown me in this season is that my identity is not found in my outer appearance and my worth is not based on what I do or who I am with. Okay, so enough of this whining. What’s the solution? For me the solution has been Beverly Moore is walking in her my relationship with God in anointing as a teacher of the Gospel Christ, plain and simple. of Jesus Christ. Her personal vision Through the study and confesstatement is to “To be a woman of sion of the Word of God, prayer, God who lives an uncommon life praise and worship, and changing centered on bringing glory to God by studying and teaching sound docmy focus, God has manifested trine.” She is currently a second year Himself and poured out His love graduate student at Garrett Evanfor me. gelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. where she is pursuing I had to learn how to receive a Master of Arts degree in ChrisHis love and receive love from tian Education. others by knowing that I am chosen to be in Him and that I am accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:4-6 is one of my favorite Scriptures). I also had to recognize that just because I confess some Scriptures and do positive self-talk that the enemy was not going to let up, as a matter of fact the warfare intensifies. If I allowed my circumstances to talk louder than the power of God in His word I would quickly lose the battle and this is where faith is a powerful defense to block the fiery darts of the enemy. Who Said That? By Monica Fountain e’re always sending ourselves messages. On a daily basis, we have an internal conversation, constantly thinking about and interpreting the world around us. Psychologists call this inner voice “self-talk” and it includes our conscious thoughts and unconscious assumptions or beliefs. What we have to question is where are those messages coming from? When a thought comes to our mind, we need to ask, “Who said that?” Are the thoughts coming from God and based on His Word? Or are they coming from the Enemy of our souls? Are they based on the truth or a lie? The Bible says that the devil wants to steal, kill and destroy. He goes around like a roaring lion, seeking whom He may devour. And one of the primary ways that the Enemy attacks us is through our thoughts. What we say to ourselves and how we interpret or receive what others say about us are powerful weapons. The Enemy also is the father of lies. So you can’t trust anything He says. And he’s also the accuser of the brethren so what he says sometimes might be true but his intentions are not good. But God’s thoughts toward you and about you are good. And you are who God says you are. The Enemy says no one likes you. God says you are loved. As a matter of fact, God loved you so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die for you. (John 3:16) The devil says you’re worthless. God says you are precious and priceless. You are His masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works. (Ephesians 2:10) The Enemy says you are a failure. God says you are more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37) The next time a thought comes to your mind, ask yourself, “Who said that?” Was that the Enemy talking or God? Is it the truth or a lie? And then encourage yourself in the Lord. Start confessing his Word over your life. And even if something is true, you can say if you have accepted Jesus, “Yes, that may have been me. But now I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. The old has gone. The new is here.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) W A Work in Progress I have my days when things don’t go my way, when I have to wait and life happens (disappointments, loss etc.) but I am learning to celebrate who I am in Christ and to love me in a healthy way. With that I also recognize that there are areas of my life that need to change and that God gives me the grace to make these changes. The Lord gives wisdom, understanding and insight on how to live differently. What I love [X]\]\\][ZHHݙK\ݙH܈\\\Yۈ\\ܛX[K\X\[HوYH\\Yۈ]H]]HZ]HXZ]H]\\\X\\Y]Hܛˈ^HY[\ۙ\\]Y[H[X]KH۸&]]H][]\]H[HHܚ[ܙ\[HX\H^HX[[ˈ^H^Y\\\H\HۙZ]وX[[܈\[\H۝[YHY[ [ LH[XY^[BB