Wednesday, December 2, 2015
With each passing day, each passing mile stone, each passing birthday, each passing.... you're going to become keenly aware of a hole in your heart. A hole that has desires, has needs, has demands, has passions, has opinions. But this hole, honey, it will lie to you. It will deceive you. It will trap you. It will drown you. It will seek to sell your soul.
This hole will tell you that you need a boys attention to make you feel worthy, valuable & loved. It'll tell you to conform your body into the image of those on the magazines in order to obtain an ounce of self worth. It's going to tell you that you're inherently flawed. It's going to tell you to live by your feelings. It's going to tell you that gossip is harmless and will not destroy a friendship. It's going to tell you that deceitfulness will never be found out. It's going to tell you outward appearance is significantly more important than character. It's going to tell you that a human being has the resources to fill an internal ache. It's going to tell you what you sow you will not reap. It's going to tell that quantity in friends is more signifiant than quality. It's going to tell you that money has the potential to buy happiness. It's going to tell you that loneliness is to be avoided at all costs. It's going to tell you to do work for God instead of Him working through you. It's going to tell you to care more about the opinion of others than that of your own convictions. It's going to tell you your worth is found in possessions and achievements. It's going to tell you.... and then tell you more.
You see, sweetheart, this hole begins to manifest itself at birth. We live in a fallen, difficult, hard, disappointing world. A world system owned & operated by the enemy. With each form of rejection, betrayal, unmet need, disappointment, hurt, loss, confusion & injustice, this hole grows deeper, higher, longer and wider. It feeds on the illness of the world- and unfortunately, if you choose, you could feed it consistently and habitually.
But keep in mind, my precious girl, what you refuse to feed will die. The enemy of your soul, satan, has been prowling around you like a lion since initially first hearing the gentle and tender cry at your birth. He knew the plan God has on your life. To change this world- to feed this world- to provide hope to this world- to love this world- to care for this world- to share truth with this world- to be an accurate representative of Jesus to this world. Oh, he knows all the beautiful details of what God is capable of doing in and through you, sweetheart, and he will stop at nothing to deceive you otherwise. Nothing. And so, he goes right for the heart. The heart that so easily is deceived. A heart that so easily is injured.
And yet, through the messiness of life remains the goodness of Jesus. The power of His cross, the tenderness of His voice, the severity of His justice, the patience of His love, the enormity of His forgiveness, the beauty of His work, the certainty of His presence, the faithfulness of His promises.
My dear daughter, God is enough. He is sufficient. He is all the human heart yearns and hungers for- He is the only One who can satisfy the desires, demands & passions of the inner soul. HE IS ENOUGH!
God delights in you, my sweet daughter. He is offering you a life of freedom. A life of hope. A life of purpose. A life of passion. A life of peace. A life of restoration. A life of meaning. A life of LOVE. I plead with you to not taste from the craftiness of the enemy of your soul. His title is the father-of-lies and his native language is deceit. He will tempt you and then accuse you. He will violate you and then shame you. He will offer you instant gratification and then deplete you. He will place decoys in your path and then trap you. He will offer love & entangle you in the web of codependency. He will offer counterfeit joy and then depress you.
Daughter, the enemy knows who you belong to. He knows you are the daughter & princess of the King of Kings. He knows you are stamped and sealed with the preciousness and sureness and power of the Holy Spirit. Yes, this serpent knows. He knows he lost. He knows he's doomed. He knows how this story ends. And so, your job is not to lose your sure footing in the messiness of his sticky web of chains, weight, darkness & deceit. But to use that footing to stomp on him and claim your right, your place, your hope, your anchor, your home in the arms of the Only One who loves you simply because He made you- You are His masterpiece. You are perfectly designed and crafted into the perfection of beauty He desired when he first pictured you in the core of His heart. Cling to your Maker, sweet daughter. Cling to Him and refuse any path, no matter how well is glistens and glows, choose His path. A path where He levels out the mountains and builds highways over the valleys.
"And a great road will go through that once deserted land.
It will be named the Highway-of-Holiness.
Evil-minded people will never travel on it.
It will only be for those who walk in God's ways.
Fools will never walk there.
Lions will NOT lurk along its course.
Nor ANY ferocious beasts.
There will be no dangers.
Only the redeemed will walk on it.
Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return to this path.
They will enter singing, crowned with everlasting joy!
Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness."
My sweet daughter, in every season, in every situation, and in every circumstance, may you know who you are. May you know your name- the princess of the One whom by His stripes you are healed.
All my love,