The enemy of our soul hates us. He does anything to keep us eating the sterile fruit from our fallow ground. The Holy Spirit continually brings God’s word before us to lead us into truth, and to help us discern our areas of entrapment. Here are three more.
Self-protection is a lie. We do not have any control over our circumstances, nor people. We cannot protect our heart from being hurt again. Self-protection deceptively usurps the Lord’s role as our Protector.
David spoke of his relationship with the Lord in Psalm 18. Though he was surrounded by his enemies, his confidence was in the Lord alone. Listen to his words.
Verse 1-2 says, “I will love You, O Lord my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
Self-Hatred And Self-Rejection
These two categories fit together. They usually feed off of one another. Self-hatred and self-rejection are based on lies propagated by the enemy. He hates us because we are made in the image of God. If he can get us to hate what God has created, then he will gain ground in our lives.
Self-hatred and self-rejection are very powerful inner strongholds that the enemy has set up to defeat us. Let me start with this question: what do you NOT accept about yourself? Your answer will help you see the need to refocus on God’s perfect design for you.
Jeremiah 1:5 is a great verse. It says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you…” The Lord made you just as He pictured your whole life long before you were conceived. Ephesians 1:4 says that He chose you before He created the foundations of the world.
The above two verses are two tools that will break up this fallow ground in your heart. You are loved. You are chosen. Let His truth set you free from the lies you have believed against yourself.