Monday, March 9, 2009

Lies, Deception, and Desire

What are you believing about yourself that is not true?
You can, and should ask God to show you what is true about who you are, and what is not. =)
"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise" 
Philippians 4:8

This verse applies to the things we think about ourselves as well as about others and just our thoughts in general.

I believe that many times we not only believe the common lies of the world, but being a Christian means that Satan has his own special recipe of lies to make a Christian's life as ineffective as he possibly can.

One of the biggest ways that Satan has attacked my life, and I believe attacks every Christian's life is to make us believe that God intends to fill our desires in something other than Himself.

Let me explain...
A young woman desires to be married, so she believes that God knows her heart and will eventually bless her with a husband some day, and her desire to be married will be filled.
She is, in a sense, a lady in waiting. But because she is so convinced that she knows how God will fill her desire, she misses out on something. Her true desire is for an intimacy with God, but because she is so convinced that she knows her own desire, she misses out on a deeper aspect of God's love, because she does not allow Him to fill her, she is waiting for something that ultimately will not fill her desire. She does not know her own desire.

More lies..
A young man desires to have a successful career someday. He "seeks the Lord's guidance" but ultimately follows what he believes to be God's path... but he is pursuing what he can see, not the inner affirmation that comes from the Lord's grace and mercy. 
The man's real desire is for an affirmation that comes from finding his identity in the Lord.

So the problem comes down to a lack of faith in God's promises
I don't think this is intentional, I think it happens when we are so confident in our version of God's plan that we do not allow Him to surprise or astound us. 

What do you desire?
Do you have a specific scenario in mind?
Can I challenge you to say that God want's to go beyond what you can think, beyond what you can imagine. Imagine the craziest way possible that your prayer can be answered... then understand He can do more, He wants to do more.

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work with in us. To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, Amen." Ephesians 3:20

I do not believe God gives us desires that He does not intend to fill in Himself!
He wants to fill us completely
He wants to fill us now
To be satisfied in Him

I am not saying that we do not need to wait on the Lord,
I think He does intend for us to wait many times, 
but I believe sometimes we wait not out of trust in God's promises, 
but because we are holding out for something that 
will not fill us and God patiently waits for us to realize 
our desire is for Him.
Whether or not we recognize it.
He will never force His way in.
He says he wants to be our best friend, 
our Stronghold

Does He have permission to fill your desires in the way He knows is best, or are you keeping Him from filling you because you already "know" what you want.

Are you waiting to step out in faith because you have in mind the circumstances under which God will use you?
Please don't miss what He has for you when you allow Him to fill you wholly, and completely!!


  1. "He will never force His way in."

    God is the perfect gentleman. :-)

    "...I think it happens when we are so confident in our version of God's plan that we do not allow Him to surprise or astound us."

    I really liked that thought. Do we -really- want to be astounded by the Lord? I think a lot of people don't want to be astounded by the Lord because that would require steps of faith such as letting certain desires die. It is heartbreaking because God will only give us what is best, and in many ways, the fear of letting go of that desire sets us back because we forfeit what God would rather give.

    Great post April.

  2. Thanks for sharing- I am really encouraged by your thoughts and these verses. I especially like the ephesians verse- it's one of my favorite to claim! I think it's also wonderful to stop and look back on my life- I can see so many examples of how God has done more than I could ever think of or dream up!