Updated: January 4, 2018
Hello my beautiful people! Warning: This is going to be a REAL post. No holding back! One of the reasons why I started working with teens was, well honestly, its because I still felt like one. I still remember a lot of the issues I went through, the feelings I had, but most of all I remember the lies I listened to.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8).
That someone is you! I see people protecting their book bag or purse better than they do their soul, their future, their calling. Wait! Now before you leave in a humpf because you think I’m some crazy Puerto-Rican Christian (I mean I am sometimes but I prefer the word zealous…loll!) who has no idea what she’s talking about, hear me out.
Anything I say here is solely because I want you to experience the life Christ died for you to have. I have no other motives.
There is an enemy who wants your life but won’t always come out in the most obvious ways but in little ways like inspirational quotes, sayings, and books that help to slowly transition your thinking from biblical to satanical. Now are all inspirational quotes and books satanic? No. How do you know the difference? Easy, does it match what my God says in the bible?
If we start using these non-biblical statements as our life motto, it will direct and affect our behavior in very negative ways.
I see people quote Marilyn Monroe all the time and I’m shocked. She is not someone whose life I want to emulate so why would I quote her? Her way of thinking took her to path I’m sure she didn’t even imagine would be her fate. It makes me sad and I don’t want others to just be blinded by the glamour. So how do we protect ourselves?
I know it can feel like as a Christian we are so restricted and what’s the big deal? You’re so extra with this Jesus business. Well He was extra with me when He died on that cross! That was the definition of extra. Are there times to pull up your hair and put your feet up? Are there times when you can enjoy sex?
Absolutely, but those times come after obedience not before.
The devil will have you believe that you are enjoying those things for a long time. Until one day, how far he took you and far you wanted to go start to blend together so much so that you don’t know which way is what.
One day, I remember looking at myself in the mirror and not recognizing the person I once knew. The girl staring back at me had a dark covering over her, she looked dirty, disconnected, and not at all what I thought she would be. At the time, I had no power to change it. However, the Lord came into my life, I made changes, and I never once saw that person again and don’t ever want to.
Here are a few of the lies I listened to. You may recognize some. You may disagree with some. However, let the bible be your guide, your compass for the direction the Lord has for your life.
No matter how far one goes, one step of repentance erases a thousand steps of disobedience and because of His sacrifice you are immediately brought back to the throne of His grace.
Don’t ever let the statement, “Jesus died for your sins”, lose its mighty and life changing power in your life. How blessed are we to have such a gift?
Lie #1: “You are young; you can do what you want!”
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them” (Eccl. 12:1)
When you’re young, you don’t realize that the habits you create now will carry over into the rest of your life. If you get an incurable STD right now, guess what? It will affect your body for the rest of your life. If you take drugs now, guess what? You won’t stay young forever and in fact it will start to age your body faster than anyone else. It will also affect the rest of your life. These are just a couple of examples.
God is calling you to remember Him NOW so you can be at peace LATER.
Yes, you are young but use the energy, the “I can do anything” attitude, and ideas to further the Kingdom of God not to further the attack the devil has against your life. Both God and Satan have a plan for your life. Which one do you want to follow?
Lie #2: “You’re going to party in hell with the devil and all your friends.”
“The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His kingdom every cause of sin and all who practice lawlessness. And they will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt. 13: 41-42)
Satan DOES NOT want to party with you.
He wants to utterly destroy you. Am I trying to scare you? Yes! Hell is a scary place and people don’t want to preach about it anymore because it doesn’t make people feel good. It shouldn’t! Satan doesn’t want to party with you! He wants you to suffer. If he had all access to your life right now, he would destroy it in the most horrible way possible AND everything you love including your friends.
You don’t like the idea? Good! You shouldn’t. If you still think you’ll take your chances, it’s a horrible chance.
We can’t even take all the evil we see in the world and we think we can stand a chance in dealing with Satan directly.
No, choose Jesus Christ! “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8). Doing it the devil’s way I got an STD, an abortion, an abusive relationship, amongst many other things. However, doing it God’s way I got so many blessings I can even count them. I look around me all the time and think I should’ve died. He’s amazing! Satan doesn’t want you because he likes you. He wants you because he wants to personally destroy you because God loves you. Think of him as the jealous ex-girlfriend. Choose Christ! He died for you because that’s how much He loves you.
Lie #3: “Sex is no big deal.”
“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” (Heb. 13:4)
We live in a society where marriage is not honored at all. It’s mocked, downplayed, avoided, you name it. It’s lost its honor. Again, Hollywood has done a great job displaying sex as doing whatever you want, whenever you want, with whoever you want.
However, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then you are called to give marriage honor because GOD holds it in honor.
It was His original pattern all the way back to the beginning. Marriage! Not a one-night stand, not the walk of shame, not “How many people can I sleep with?”, or “Who can I use to get what I want?” We think God is trying to take away our fun because He won’t let us do what we want. Having an STD is not fun, just FYI. Regardless of the what the Valtrex commercials want to tell you, where they show people frolicking in the fields of daisies with puppies and rainbows. Do you really think Jesus died so you can have less than best? An STD? Be someone’s maybe and never a yes? Can God turn ALL THINGS even STDs for your good? Yes! But why go that painful route?!
Boundaries often seem like restrictions until you see what it has saved you from.
Lie #4: “You have time.”
“How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” (James 4:14)
I think we all know someone who was/is “gone too soon”. We expect people to live to 80 or 90 years old. Whenever a young person is taken from this world, its considered a tragedy. Why? Because they never got to live their life.
I say an even greater tragedy is living a long life and given the power and opportunity from Christ to transform your life for greater purpose and not doing it.
I once heard the definition of hell is meeting the person you were supposed to be. People think they can accept Christ right before they die or when they are older, AFTER they’ve done everything they’ve wanted to. Do you know how many people are living with incurable diseases, drugged out, on the street, etc. all because they wanted to “live” their life? All because something “fun” became their god and was a terrible god at that. There’s also getting everything they wanted yet feeling completely hollow, unsatisfied, and alone because nothing can satisfy the way Jesus can. What kind of living is that? Can we even call it living?
Lie #5: “Be wild and free.”
“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” (Gal. 5:13)
How about, “Be zealous for God”? My professor defined zeal as a “jealous passion”. I love that! If you have ever felt jealous for someone, you know the fire that burns within. This is the kind of fire God wants from us for His glory. Use that fire to ignite the passion that will force you to move. Use your freedom to feed the homeless. Use your freedom to speak to those friends who need life breathing words. Use your freedom to love someone in the best way you can.
We become more free because we are working out of the power and strength of Jesus Christ rather than our own.
The damage we can do for the Kingdom of God is immeasurable. So rise up, warrior! Use that freedom, for His good instead of your downfall.
Lie #6: “No one cares.”
“And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matt. 10:30)
This is a statement from our Savior (if you feel like He isn’t your Savior yet, He can be…just say the words…Lord Jesus I want you to be the Lord and Savior of my life…done! Now walk that walk babyyyy!). If He cares to know the amount of hair you have on your head, HAIR, then trust me when I say He CARES. Have you ever had a stuffed animal collection, rock collection, any collection in general, or a hobby? You probably know every detail, every fact, every name about it. Why? Because you care to know, you love it, it interests you.
He knows all about you and cares to know about you.
So even if the whole world seems like they don’t care about you or have even said it to your face. The Creator of the WHOLE universe says He cares about you. When you start to walk in that knowledge and in that truth, you will see that He will work on the rest and bring people that do!
Lie #7: “Nothing can touch you.”
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23)
When I first became Christian, I didn’t change my behavior right away. I was still sleeping around, dressing super provocative, amongst many other things. The weird thing was when I got my STD, I was shocked. Somehow, I really thought that because I was Christian I was covered. Nothing could touch me. Why did God allow that?
Well, I stepped out of His boundaries or rather never stepped in so I was at the mercy of Satan’s plan for my life rather than God’s will for my life.
Now I’m not saying that God couldn’t intervene because at any point He could’ve but there comes a point when He needs you to choose to obey out of love for Him (this is not to turn into a theological debate because there’s so much more to this statement then there is room for in this post). Don’t come to this realization when it’s too late.
With STD’s and sleeping around, it’s not IF but WHEN.
Also, death comes in many forms. Death of a relationship, death of dreams, death of self-esteem, death of children, and sometimes death itself. But with God, there can be so much more to life and eternity. Choose life now.
Lie #8: “All paths lead to God.”
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
In America, (I can only talk in this context because this is the one I am familiar with) we have so many options that the idea of having only one option into heaven is insulting. We have the availability to send things back, get refunds, exchange goods for something better, etc. WE think we can carry this same mentality into eternity.
The truth we live in is, HE is THE way.
You will find yourself chasing many gods in this life and be left empty. You will only to find yourself face down in front of the One True God either thanking Him for salvation at the end of your days or begging Him for second chance when it’s too late. I read somewhere this quote, “I rather live as if there is a God and find out there isn’t one then to live as if there is no God and find out that there is.” Even as “inspirational” as this sounds, we must work out of knowledge:
I KNOW there is a God. Therefore, my steps are determined by this fact.
If you are a believer, you should know this too. I don’t know about you but I choose to live in the abundance of His love because it is so much sweeter than anything I have ever known.
Lie #9: “You have no purpose.”
“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” (Jer. 29:11)
When there are plans, that means you have purpose! If He didn’t have a plan for your life, you wouldn’t be here. It’s as simple as that! I don’t care if people called you a mistake, an accident, not wanted, or whatever garbage they want to throw at you. It DOES NOT CHANGE the fact that GOD spoke you into existence, has a plan, AND purpose for your life.
It’s one thing to not know what your purpose is versus thinking you have none.
God says, “Ask and it will be given to you…” (Matt. 7:7) Ask Him what your purpose is and PAY ATTENTION! Shut those voices out of your head, keep your eyes open, listen to the nudging’s in your heart, and look for opportunities.
We usually get an idea of what our calling is when there’s a burden for a particular thing laid on our hearts. For example, I remember just wanting to talk to teens about purity and sharing my story. One day I heard a radio ad for a “True Love Waits” seminar the NEXT day, my schedule divinely opened up, I had the means and the want, so I went for it and the rest is history. You have PURPOSE. Yes, you do! Run to the open door.
Lie #10: “It’s/it was your fault.”
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Heb. 4:16).
I don’t know what this is going to look like in your life. It could be rape, abuse, being severely ignored, or left by a parent or both parents. Can I release you by saying, “It’s not your fault”? There is evil in this world and it comes in many horrible forms.
You may have many questions as to why God allowed it. Those are questions only the King can handle and answer. He wants your honest questions so He can give you healing answers.
I remember having these types of questions regarding my past especially my childhood. He cared about them, loved me, and answered me tangibly. Relationships come by being relational. He is a relational God. It will only make your love for Him stronger when you allow Him into those deep hearted questions and allow Him to provide the healing salve for your wounds. Yes, it is possible. No, it wasn’t your fault.
This post was supposed to be posted like 8 days ago and it started with 6 lies. However, the Lord just kept giving me more to write about and trust me there’s still many more lies the devil will tell you in your lifetime. This is not an exhaustive list. I was even hesitant to write this much but I know that if God wanted me to write it, then it was for one of His children who desperately needed to hear it.
I also pray that if you don’t have Jesus Christ in your life that you would ask for Him to be part of it. There are no prerequisites to salvation. You just ask Jesus Christ to become Lord and Savior in your life then just watch Him show up and show off in your life. Keep your eyes open, your King is on His way.
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