"I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast towards you. Nevertheless, I am continually with you, you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.
It's the last day of the Watch Them Fall series! I pray that the Holy Spirit has spoken to you in many ways through this and that you learned something from these posts. I love you all and will continue to keep you in my prayers :) God bless, and enjoy this last post!
Questions are lined up side by side, one on top of the other. My soul processes them and call them worthless, my brain processes them and call them neutral, my heart processes them and keeps them. Three different filters to go through, three different outcomes. Three sides, all opposing one another. A friend walks in. Four filters, four outcomes, four sides. Social media pops up. Five filters, five outcomes, five sides. A parent rushes in. Six filters, six outcomes, six sides. Another person, and another, and another. The devil sneaks in, disguised as an angel. Ten filters, ten outcomes, ten sides, ten influences. The Holy Spirit takes over - eleven filters, eleven outcomes, eleven sides, eleven influences. Ten lies. One truth.
Which one? If you're familiar with the Bible and Christianity, you might know what I'm going to say. If not (and that doesn't make you less important or anything), maybe you're guessing my heart is correct. I mean, we should follow what our heart says, right? Like, isn't this blog called "with all of my heart"? Or is it social media, and the world? Or our parents, who know better than us the majority of the time?
That one truth - that one right answer to the questions of identity we constantly attack ourselves with daily, that one correct filter, outcome, side, and influence - that's the Holy Spirit. God. His word. Jesus. John 14:6 says that, "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (NIV). He is THE truth. Like a wise woman told me: you need to align your truth- what you believe to be true- with GOD'S truth.
God's word is 100% true. Proverbs 30:5 says, "Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him" (ESV). You need to keep your eyes on what is true, and pure, and faultless, and let that guide you. Don't let social media tell you who you are. Don't let your heart tell you who you are. Jeremiah 17:9 says, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?" Your heart is going to tell you many, many, many lies. Right now, your heart may be telling you that you're not good enough. Not pretty enough. Not worthy to be called a child of God. Not worthy enough to be accepted. Not talented enough. Not everything enough - that's a LIE! God says you are good enough, beautiful enough, worthy, accepted, talented, gifted enough for Him. He loves you sooo, so much and don't let nobody tell you differently!
Don't let other people define you. Don't let their words chain you down or believe that your identity lies in them. Whether it's your boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend, enemy, stranger, family member- anyone- they can't say who you are. The ONLY person who can is GOD, and you need to be tuned in to what He's saying about you. You are LOVED, family, remember that!! You are a TREASURE and a GIFT to those around you.
YOU ARE HIS.
"I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart;
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"I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all of my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds."