Deprived

Ok, so, God has been speaking to me about coming off of sugar. He has been for a while and, of course, I have been resisting. I have been hit with a little scare. Nothing drastic just something that made me realize what God has been laying on me for a while; that if I don’t get this under control now diabetes or worse could be in my future. That is a hard to explain story and maybe someday I will speak it but right now it is between me and God.

I have always functioned better on a lower carb diet but always felt deprived so I never stick with it.

Deprived. Where does that feeling come from? I am studying Genesis chapter 3 this morning and it is about the serpent (Satan) coming to Eve and deceiving her to eat the forbidden fruit. He does this by convincing her that she was deprived.

Let’s think about this y’all. Here is Eve living in the glorious garden of Eden. Freshly spoken into creation from the very mouth of God. In this garden God has provided every single one of her needs. Every need is met and she doesn’t even have to work for it. She can eat from every other tree in the garden and enjoy all the beauty that goes with it. She has a husband that she was made specifically for. Talk about a soul mate, right? Well, maybe we will call him her rib mate 😆 This lady wants for nothing!! God has given all to her and guess what! He even visits them in the garden in the cool of the day! Where exactly is she deprived again?

She isn’t. She even knew why she couldn’t eat from that tree. God didn’t hide that from her. God told her not to eat from the trees lest she die! Die, y’all!! God said no to this small thing that was in the midst of this huge garden He had blessed her with to protect her!

But that nasty little serpent came whispering sweet nothings in her ear about how horrible God is for not letting her eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He even conviced her that God was a liar and that she would not surely die. He conviced her that God did not give with an open hand but ruled with a closed fist.

So, where does the feeling of being deprived come from? That nasty little serpent whispering sweet nothings in our ears. I am no better than Eve at believing a lie over the truth of God and not trusting in His protection at times. My bet is: you aren’t either.

We are so not deprived. God does not tell us “no” so that we will be deprived on something. He tells us “no” to protect us from what we do not need. Look at all the things He says “yes” to! He gives those things with an open hand! If you need help seeing those blessings (and many times we all do) then ask God to open the eyes of your heart so You can see Him in your life. He will be good to do it!

Philippians 4:19
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Where is the light?

One of the bible studies I am doing is called Setting Captives Free (settingcaptivesfree.com). This morning’s study was from the depression course. I wanted to share my thoughts as I went through this course.

I once had a huge issue with depression. It isn’t quite the struggle it once was but it still lingers. Satan certainly knows it is an easy button to push. The difference now is that I know what is happening and how to conquor it.

“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

When I am not immersing myself in the light of God then I start to sink into the deep darkness, but as soon as I return to the light then the darkness is nothing but shadows. No deepness to it at all. I see it happening anytime I spend too much time on social media, watching tv shows, or even just in my own negative thoughts.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Philippians 4:8

I have tried many ways in the past to bring light into my darkness.

-Manifesting positive thoughts. If I can think it then I can achieve it.
-Believing in karma. If I do good then good will come back to me.
-I even believed that just believing in Christ was enough and I could willfully continue in sin and be forgiven. I believed that was my salvation. No worries. Push that conviction away and keep riding.

  • Then I also believed if I behaved well enough God would keep bad things from happening in my life. And if something bad happened I must have done something wrong to anger God. (Kinda sounds like I turned God into karma, huh?)

I can see how the devil’s game is to always take a bit of truth and then twist it into evil for us to believe we are right and walking in light. He can keep us looking at the light while we are backstepping into the darkness.

“The serpent said to the woman; ‘Did God really say…”
Genisis 3:1

“Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness” Luke 11:35

“The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”
John 6:63

The study quoted John Piper as saying:
“In other words, there is much that passes for light…that is not light. There are many bright things in the world that keep us from seeing the true light of Christ—just like city lights keep you from seeing the stars.”

Glory to God for removing the blinders from my eyes! Even as a Christ following Christian I was blinded to how I was living in Satan’s lies of panic, despair, depression, and brokenness. But now those blinders are gone and I see his schemes! I recently fell back in the darkness for a few days but I knew where to go! I get angry, not at myself for being deceived although I dont like that I fell for it, I get angry at the deceiver! How dare he come at me like that! Im not taking it anymore! Get behind me satan! I am going to be about my Father’s business! He has already battled him and won! Christ is on my side. What can he do to me? Im not scared of him anymore! He cant do a thing without my Father’s permission! And if my Abba has allowed it then it will somehow work to His glory. And His glory is holy and good!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”
Jeremiah 29:11

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9

“then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.”
Ecclesiastes 8:17

Friend, let me tell you what I have learned from my good and wonderful Father.

-He doesnt expect us to fight this battle alone. It is only through a heart change that comes from His Spirit that we even change at all.

“Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139:23-24

-As we are changing to reflect His heart, we are covered by grace and mercy. No karma needed.

“Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
Psalm 23:6

“Because of the LORD’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!”
Lamentations 3:22-23

-Finally, the only way to peace and light and eternal salvation is following Christ.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Matthew 11:28-29

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Matthew 7:24-27

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Matthew 4:19

God is good

👉God didn’t create death. Sin did.

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

👉God didn’t create sin. Satan did.

1 John 3:8 – The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

👉God, in His infinite wisdom and love for us, created a way out of death.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

👉God didn’t force Jesus, who is fully God in the flesh, to come to earth and die for us. Jesus chose to and it was always part of the plan.

John 10:18 – No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.

👉Let the Spirit wash over you on how good God is instead of believing that God is hateful and mean. The only thing God hates is sin. Why? Because it hurts what He loves the most. YOU!!!

John 5:24 – Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.