This is the last part of a series. If you haven’t yet, I’d recommend you read part one and part two first.

So you’re set free? You climb the mountains, break your demons and roar in victory? Praise God, that’s good. It’s the life God promised us. Breathing in the fullness of freedom, from glory to glory.

But life gets busy, doesn’t it? More often than not, our problems flare up and say ‘hello’ again. Mix in time and distractions and the Bible becomes a mere book with many pages.

Down in the gutter, from rags to riches and back again. We’re losing our ground, one slip at a time.  We don’t even realize what’s going on until it’s too late.

We question our experiences, remember the flesh of our former life and play out the possibilities of a life without Christ. We smelled the bait, a dangerous trap.

 

Remember the war?

So how did we get here; dangling at the edge of sin’s promises?

We let our guards down.

We didn’t protect ourselves and the words of healing became a fading memory. Life was good, and we forgot the enemy.

Now we’re standing here, beaten and naked, and wonder what happened. We feel the outcome but missed the action.

The battle is alway on and as we gained victory over sin before, we have enforced defeat on the enemy. Did we think the devil did not hear our roar of victory? Our enemy is not deaf!

We forgot a middle ground doesn’t exist, neither a safe zone nor a place of rest. We forgot there is an armor to wear and a mind to renew.

 

Challenging patterns

We have renounced the lies in part 2 but man is a creature of habit. We fall back into old ways. Lies often manifest thought patterns that took many years to set up.

I’m worthless,” “I’ll never make it,” or “I’m a failure.”

Ever heard these words in your head before? Most of us did. Hard accusations by our inner critic, the voice in our head.

What we tell ourselves reveals what we think. After the healing, it might just be a simple habit but that’s what got us into trouble in the first place.

Accusing ourselves of less than what God says about us is a sin. We declare the opposite of God says. It might feel humble but it isn’t.

Those are lies we believe which we need to renounce.

 

Filling in the gaps

Replace the lies with truth. Meditate on what God says about you. Repeat the Bible verses that speak to you over and over again.

Ponder them, pray about them and declare them over yourself. Try to memorize them for the times you don’t have access to a Bible.

This is crucial after your healing because now you’re open. Your heart is like a wound that used to be infected. After removing all the gunk, you’re left with exposed flesh.

If you will not treat it right, your wound will get all messed up again. Probably even worse than before. Apply the word of God to bring healing.

You can now accept all those words about your identity. The love of Jesus, your worth in his eyes and his decision to die for you.

It’s like a container with sand. If you want to fill it with dirt, you have to remove the sand first. Otherwise, you only pile dirt on top of it, the foundation will still be sand.

Whatever you believe about yourself defines how you saw yourself. You have now an opportunity to fix it forever.

Don’t miss it. Your window will close as a vacuum always gets filled. If you don’t fill it with truth, your mind will fill it with what it knows from the past.

 

Bible Verses for Freedom

I have a few verses that keep my mind off the lies and remind me of the truth. They are personal and are more than just good verses.

The scriptures I will share with you brought a lot of healing to me. They help me breathe in times of despair and give me hope when all I saw is darkness. They are my shield against the fiery darts of the enemy.

You’ll recognize that all verses are from the Old Testament. They bypass human interpretation and theology. They are what they are, as God almighty spoke them.

Psalm 56:8

You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? (ESV)

Isaiah 41:13

“For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’ (NASV)

Isaiah 46:3-4

“Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save. (ESV)

Isaiah 49 15-16

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

Micah 7:1-8

[The first 6 verses talk about his pain and desertion. It’s a buildup for his great conclusion in verses 7 and 8] But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.

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