I think this describes the devil pretty well. This is the second week of our Bible study exposing the lies that Satan uses to keep us from being the person God wants us to be. I want to acknowledge both my Southern grandmothers, Eula Mae Carter and Alice Westbrook, for introducing me to the catchy little phrase I’ve used for today’s title and for being wonderful servants of God — they considered Satan the king of all liars.
Lie #2: I’m just going to fail anyway.
Other forms of this lie are:
No one really cares anyway.
I don’t have any will power.
This is just hopeless.
This is probably a bad idea.
You cannot imagine how often the devil said these statements to me over and over when I decided to get healthy. Previously, it’s the lie that has kept me from attending exercise classes at my church, sharing my health concerns with friends, and it derailed every effort toward losing weight I’ve attempted in the last ten years.
To share a mini-update about my progress: I am still at 193 pounds but I have continued to lose inches in my chest, waist, and hips. Can you believe that I’ve almost considered this a FAILURE? Am I crazy or what? And once, when someone noticed the obvious change in my physique, I heard me say, “I feel like I should have lost more weight by now.” Sabotage at its best!
When I decided to post a “before” picture in my first post about getting healthy (see related articles below), it was with great fear and trepidation. The whole time I kept hearing, Who is going to care that you are losing weight? No one wants to hear about this!
But I did it anyway and I want to share some statements and Scriptures that I use frequently to shut the devil up. I love to stop him in his tracks and the Word of God does just that.
1. God is always on my side. I am never alone.
He gives strength to those who grow tired and increases the strength of those who are weak. Even young people grow tired and become weary, and young men will stumble and fall. Yet, the strength of those who wait with hope in the Lord will be renewed. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and won’t become weary. They will walk and won’t grow tired. Isaiah 40:29-31 (GOD’S WORD translation)
And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. John 16:32b (21st Century KJV)
2. I have the power to do anything because of God’s power.
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10 (NLT)
3. God’s grace allows me to have the strength to attempt anything.
4. As long as I have breath, I have hope.
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24 (NIV)
5. When I’m weak, Christ is strong. (I learned this from “Jesus Loves Me,” did you?)
I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. 2 Corinthian 12:10 (The Message)
6. I cannot fail if I put my faith in Jesus.
The LORD is righteous in her midst, He will do no unrighteousness. Every morning He brings His justice to light; He never fails. Zephaniah 3:5 (NKJV)
Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.” Matthew 9:2 (NLT)
“Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed. Matthew 16:28 (NLT)
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7 (NLT)
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 2 Timothy 2:7 (NLT)
Failure should never be your first thought when you attempt something. I’m learning to take my healthy eating and increased activity (I’m not sure it’s really exercise yet, except for Zumba on Tuesday and Thursday nights) one step at a time. I am human and sometimes I deviate from what is healthy — or as I have referred to it in the past, cheated on my diet. However, I’m not dieting. I’m making a lifestyle change toward health, just as I have made a decision for my lifestyle to be one of praise and worship for my Savior.
How do you handle failure? What are some of your tricks or tips for getting back on track when you’ve deviated?
And let me know if you’d be interested in sharing some really yummy, healthy recipes! I’ll share if some and I’d love to read your “yummy-best recipes” in the comment section!
“Liar, Liar Pants on Fire” http://wp.me/p22liv-gw
“How Can I Keep from Singing: His Strength is Perfect” http://wp.me/p22liv-7b
“How Can I Keep from Singing: Beautiful” http://wp.me/p22liv-aI
“Jesus Loves Me, This I Know – Satan Hates Me, This I Know, Too” http://birdmartin.wordpress.com/2012/05/13/jesus-loves-me-this-i-know-satan-hates-me-this-i-know-too/
Let God But In” http://edithpont.com/2012/05/15/let-god-but-in/
“STOP! 2 POUNDS –> -2” http://futureflyingsaucers.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/stop-2-pounds-2/