For the past few weeks I have been in this downward spiral of guilt.
Feeling guilty for not being a great wife.
Feeling guilty for not being a great mom.
Feeling guilty for not being a great friend.
Feeling guilty for not being a great daughter.
The list goes on for days.
Making up my bed recently, I begged God to forgive me for being so sucky lately.
Seriously, do you ever feel this way? Do you ever feel like you have someone whispering in your ear...
"You literally suck. Can you do anything right?"
Well, my friend Christa recently pointed out that we actually do have someone whispering this into our ears. The enemy--Satan--The accuser.
God's Word names Satan "the accuser of our brothers and sisters" in Revelation 12:10
God does not make us feel sucky and guilty. NO.
God gently convicts us and points the way for us in His Word. He is not standing over us with His big arms crossed just shaking His head at our suckiness. NO.
God's Word so lovingly tells us...
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness." Jeremiah 31:3
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
I could post scriptures for days about God's tender love and care for us. How He longs for us to see what He sees in us.
So, why do we forget?
Like my friend Erin said. "Why is the enemy's voice so loud and clear, yet we struggle to hear God's voice?"
Whew. Sit on that one for a minute.
Friend, we must seek His Voice. We must listen for Him above all of the distractions and all of the enemy voices telling us how much we suck.
The enemy's voice will actually begin to depress us. Literally, press our spirits down. We will be miserable and self-loathing.
The enemy wants us to focus on self.
God tells us to focus on Him.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
The next time we feel like we suck, let's tell the enemy and his taunting accusations to flee! Let's go to God in prayer and in His Word to find Truth.
I am so grateful for friends to remind me that satan is an accuser. He will accuse you of anything and everything. He is a LIAR.
If satan has been accusing you for a long time, I beg you to pray right now and ask God to help you tune out the enemy's voice. Tell God that you are not believing anymore of satan's lies.
You are made in the Image of God. You are treasured, chosen, adored, and loved.
No matter what the enemy is accusing you of, here is the Truth of the matter...
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11