Day 1 | September 14th
You are made in God’s image.
God made sure that the very first book and chapter of the Bible let us know that we aremade in His image. It’s no accident! Does this mean you look like God? No, God has no human form. It means everything that we know God to be is in us as well; life, personality, truth, wisdom, love, holiness, justice. We have all of those things in us. Unfortunately, we are imperfect so we don’t always see these things operating in our lives, but that's ok! We can come back to the Bible and be reminded of who we are in Him!
As you go through your day remember, no matter how you feel or what happens to you today you are made in God’s image and God makes no mistakes!
Genesis 1:27 (NIV) So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Where do your thoughts about you come from? How can you adjust the source of your thought life?
Day 2 | September 15th
The Devil is always scheming
When Satan wanted to take Adam and Eve off track he didn’t attack their bodies, he attacked their minds.
Jesus told us that the devil is a liar and the father of lies. His scheme is all about the wrong thoughts he puts in our minds. What he does is he uses lies, accusation, temptation and deception to scheme against us. Paul wrote in Ephesians that we are to put on the full armor of God. Why do we need armor? Because we need to ATTACK the enemy. He is trying to scheme against you, so we don't just sit back and let him do his thing. We are in a battle that we can win.
The devil is the father of lies. God is your father. Look for the lies that come into your heart and remember that they don’t come from God the father, they come from the father of lies.
Ephesians 6:11 (NASB) Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
Do you feel that the enemy is lying to you in your life in any way? How can you discern and deal with him?
Day 3 | September 16th
How to discern a lie? You’re in conflict with the Word of God.
In our day to day lives we often find ourselves in conflict with the Word of God. This isn't something that most of us desire, it just happens. The good news is James gave us a clear direction on how to deal with this. Don't just hear the Word of God, do what it says!
One of the greatest things that we see happening in our world is that people have more and more access to the Word of God; It pops up on our phones, our computers and even our watches. When we read God’s Word it is so important that we read it through the lens of application not just observation. This will help bring peace, joy and unconditional LOVE into your life.
James 1:22 (NIV) Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
What thoughts could be leading you down a road of deception?
Day 4 | September 17th
How to discern a lie? You’re living below your potential.
The enemy wants you to devalue what God says you should value. We have all been created on purpose for a purpose. We see the world in a specific way because we are all meant to have an impact on the world we live in! Oftentimes the very things that make us so special are also the things that make us insecure. We must look for the lie behind the limitation. When we expose the lies in our hearts it helps us be all that God wants us to be and to live in freedom.
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
What has been the fruit of your thoughts lately? How have you been held back? What are you going to do to move forward with God’s plan for your life?
Day 5 | September 18th
How to discern a lie? Your words reveal lies.
Sometimes we say something that we didn't plan on saying, it just slips out. Oftentimes there are things that are going on in our hearts that just are not true. We lie to ourselves, and then we say something to someone or ourselves that does some damage. We must examine where our words come from. Words come from thoughts so why are we thinking these certain ways and how can we submit them to God?
We have to find the lies in the thoughts. Our words will reveal the lies in our heart.
Proverbs 15:4 (NIV) The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
What have you said lately that you wish hadn't slipped out? Where did those words come from and how can you watch out for this kind of thing in the future?
Day 6 | September 19th
How to discern a lie? Your heart contradicts your mind.
“It just didn’t feel right.” Have you ever said that? Maybe you’ve said ‘no’ to an opportunity before and you can’t fully explain why… it just didn't feel right. Sometimes our feelings contradict our thinking, but your heart and your head should agree. If something doesn't sit right with you, maybe there's a lie you're working with.
1 John 3:20-21 (NIV) If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God.
How can you be more confident in what your heart is telling you? How do you align your thoughts and feelings to make the best decisions possible?