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Bible Reading: Psalm 5

Psalm 5
Give ear to my words, O LORD,
Consider my groaning.
Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God,
For to You I pray.
In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice;
In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.
For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness;
No evil dwells with You.
The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes;
You hate all who do iniquity.
You destroy those who speak falsehood;
The LORD abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.
But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house,
At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You.
O LORD, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes;
Make Your way straight before me.
There is nothing reliable in what they say;
Their inward part is destruction itself.
Their throat is an open grave;
They flatter with their tongue.
Hold them guilty, O God;
By their own devices let them fall!
In the multitude of their transgressions thrust them out,
For they are rebellious against You.
But let all who take refuge in You be glad,
Let them ever sing for joy;
And may You shelter them,
That those who love Your name may exult in You.
For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD,
You surround him with favor as with a shield.

What lie are you believing? It’s the question that is asked a lot in my office as I counsel couples and individuals. Everyone that comes in is there because they want to change their behavior. In doing so we take a look at the negative thoughts and feelings that drive the negative behavior. Our thinking good or bad is the driver to good or bad behavior. So again, what lie are you believing?

As we see in Psalm 5, the lies of the enemy are going to be there but God is wanting to protect us from those lies spoken against us. Recently, I picked up the book: Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick and he talks about hearing God’s voice above all others. The book goes into more detail about overpowering the lies of insecurity, fear, condemnation, and discouragement with the promises of God. The devil wants to keep us distracted from reading and meditating on the truth of God because He knows how freeing it is and he does not want you to be free. May we begin to see our time spent with God as an investment in a relationship with Him that brings us freedom and not just as a task to check off the list.

If you want to see growth with your relationship with God start being intentional with replacing the lies you are believing with the Truths of God. Here are some examples from the book:

• I don’t like myself very much in this moment, but I am loved!
• I don’t seem to be gaining much ground in this battle, but I am more than a conqueror!
• I don’t have a lot of confidence in myself right now, but I am strong and courageous!
• I don’t know how to fix this part of my life, but I am healed and whole!
• I don’t know how long I will continue to struggle with this sin, but I am forgiven and free!

How do I know?

Because God says I am!

As we battle the lies of the enemy let’s be diligent with reading the Psalms and you may even want to pick up the book! Either way, work hard at crashing the chatterbox of the enemy! Be encouraged!

Weekly Memory Verse: I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart;
I will tell of all Your wonders. I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. Psalm 9.1-2