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Pray not Prey

Updated: Feb 14, 2023

The enemy’s lies are a trap and we are the hunted prey.




The enemy uses any means available to trip you up and trap you into believing it’s lies.


Once you figure out what lies have been planted, you know where the traps have been placed and no longer have to fall prey to the enemy’s plan for your destruction.


I was 32 years old before I learned that there even were lies let alone what the lies were. It took *digging into my past and my emotions. Being brutally honest with my bottom line of what I was actually feeling.


I would find myself in a situation and YES! I was angry! BUT, why?


Scenario:

I would be late for an appointment and rushing… getting very, very flustered and angry. One could just stop at “I am angry” but instead let’s dig deeper into my “self talk”... or should I say “self trash-talk”


Why am I angry? "I am angry because my stupid car isn’t working properly and now I am late for the appointment. I am angry because if I wasn’t such a screw up I would have made better choices and could afford to fix my car. If I wasn’t such a screw up, I wouldn't be so financially strapped, trying to make ends meet; I would have a nice car, a nice job and a nice husband. I hate myself! No wonder I am in the situation I am in, I am nothing but a screw up! I hate myself!! I AM SO ANGRY!!!!"


See what happened? The lie “you are a screw up” was just waiting on the sidelines. It was well rehearsed and memorized, I didn’t even have to really think about it. It was all lying underneath the surface waiting for the next opportunity to take the floor.


Once I understood the lies and started to recognize them I could speak against them. I would remind myself that they weren't true. I would speak truth into my life. I would pray and ask God to protect my mind. To reveal His love and His truths. I would ask God to fill my heart with His joy.


I stopped believing the lies of the enemy and started believing the truths about my Heavenly Father and His love for the imperfect me.


Understanding the trap, knowing the lies also meant understanding my previous choices that were influenced from the lies. I could begin to forgive myself and heal.


Listen to your “self talk”, ask yourself why? Be honest with yourself. Dig deeper then the surface emotion. You will learn of the lies that are playing in your head. Pray, ask God to replace those lies with His truths about you. Be kind to yourself. Stop “trash talking” yourself. You have been deceived and now it is time to take back what the enemy has been trying to steel; your worth.


Matthew 10:29-31

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."



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*I completed a 12-step Christ Centered program that took me on a life changing journey.

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