“The Lies We Believe!”
Part 1 - Agreements?
Ephesians 6 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,
John 8 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free………
44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!
An agreement, in this sense, happens when we “agree” with an untruth in our inner being. The enemy often tempts us to enter into agreements in times of vulnerability and weakness and then continues to use them to rob us of joy, hope and life. They can be deep and long term or mundane even appearing normal.
Help with identifying agreements:
1. Ask Jesus to help you see what they are.
2. Pay Attention to your thoughts, words and actions especially when stressed or anxious which include some aspect of judgement or accusation against yourself, God or others!
Agreements can dramatically affect how we interpret daily life - BUT can be renounced, broken and retruthed in the name of Jesus! “If the Son sets you free you will be free indeed.” – Jesus
1 Peter 5 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith!
SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, AND PRAYER
“Why is it that we have ‘SLOW’ when God appears to delight in it? Lord, help me take steps today to slow down and live more attentively to the voice of Jesus. “
Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.
Solitude – Spend TWO minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”
Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there! (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)
Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying? Why this word this day?
What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?
How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”
Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.
Finish – Spend TWO minutes again with God
Monday – John 8:31-47
Tuesday – Luke 4:1-13
Wednesday – Genesis 3:1-7
Thursday– Ephesians 6:10-18
Friday – 1 Peter 5:5-11
Saturday – Psalm 96
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