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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Convinced of Who I Am

Long ago a thought formed in your mind. Through the years it has grown until it now rules your life. The Holy Spirit has brought people to confirm what you believe is not real. But you have doubts about what they tell you. You are tired, but you still long to confront and to fight. Grasping at straws, you consider facing the person the lie is about. Perhaps, then the terror the lie has caused will end.

Then you remember a story from Mark. There was once a man who wanted more than anything else for his son to be free from a demon that terrorized him.

Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has this been going on?”

The father answered, “Ever since he was a little boy. Many times it pitches him into fire or the river to do away with him. If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!”

Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.”

No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!”  (Mark 9:21-24, MSG)

You are tired of being pitched and thrown around by this lie! You cry out to Jesus asking if He will help you. He tells you that there are no “ifs” when you believe Him—that anything is possible. No sooner than He speaks to you, your heart reaches out to Him. “Oh, Lord, I believe, but please help me with my doubts.” The Holy Spirit hears the honesty of your cry—the glaring need—the desperation to believe. He comes to you with His everlasting love. He draws you in His loving kindness.

“My, child, you confront this lie from inside yourself. A lie which has taken root is only confronted from within. Any lie that has taken hold of you has to be ripped out. You don't have the strength to confront the lie on your own strength. You don’t have that power. Confronting a lie on your own strength exhausts you. Striving in your own strength wears you out. Allow me to have access to your thoughts—to your mind—to be able to confront the lie. The only way I can bring my power and strength to confront this lie is for you to grow in your understanding of who I say you are—who I made you to be the moment you invited me into your life. Pray and cry out to me!”

“Holy Spirit, teach me, who I am. Show me who I am in you. When I understand your grace in my life, I will know that your power has convinced me of your righteousness in me. When I know who I am in you, no lie has any power in my heart—in my mind. No lie can live in me. I have an awareness of the gift of your blameless life growing within my mind. You are my Savior. I am whole. There is nothing I have to do—no confrontation that I make on my own. Jesus, confront this lie within me. Speak to it through my voice. Yes, you give me the authority to rebuke the enemy, but it is your power and your words that I speak that casts out this lie. It is your power that changes the way I think. Right now, Lord, I pray for you to start changing the way I think. I pray to have a revelation of what your grace has accomplished within me. I can then stand on you, my Rock. I will know without a doubt that this stupid lie is nothing but a wasted effort of the enemy. I am free in you, Jesus. Nothing comes against me. Nothing destroys me because I understand who I am. Lord, I know this isn’t instant, but this awareness of your strength is growing. I’m getting there. You have given me avenues to get there. You have sent help to encourage me in this change. I trust what you are doing in my life. Lord, if you want to know the truth, I haven’t trusted my myself very much, but I am going to trust you. I know, and I choose to believe when I am ready that I am going to have a full revelation of who I am in you. There will be no lie that can take root in my brain—in my heart or any part of me because I am fully the righteousness of God in you, Jesus. I know who I am by the power of your amazing grace. I believe, Jesus. Help me with any doubts.”

“Oh, child, just as I gave the demon in that young man, his marching orders, I will give your lie its marching orders. "'Out of him and stay out! My child belongs only to me!'" 

© 2019 Lynn Lacher


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