I realized last week that even as I study the truths of the Bible, I still hold onto some very severe lies. I harbor superstitious beliefs that I really didn’t know I had until the Holy Spirit leaned on my heart and said, “WHOA!”
I think a lot of these beliefs come from my high school days when I was very competitive and active in several activities. I was trained to think that certain behavior was good luck, while others would spoil success. I had no idea, until last week, that still kept a lot of those beliefs. For example, I had something important happy to me last week and I convinced myself that if I told anyone about it, it would disappear, or it would turn to failure. I also convinced myself that if I didn’t treat everyone nicely on that day, I would be cursed by God and I wouldn’t get the thing that I wanted. OH MY GOODNESS! Just saying this out loud sounds like pure lunacy! No where in the Bible can I find a verse that claims any of these beliefs! I have allowed the enemy to cause me excess stress and to make me think about “works” and not GRACE. In short, I have fallen in a superstitious trap!
By the GRACE of God, I have the blessings that I have; not by any doing of my own. God gave me all of my possessions, all of my opportunities, all of my talents and ONLY GOD can orchestrate these things in such a way that I am able to operate in them and with them. I didn’t get my apartment because I was wearing the right color or because I was nice to a certain amount of people. I didn’t get my job because I was secretive about my interview, nor because I did or said the right things on my own. I don’t have the talent to sing because I did the perfect amount of deeds to earn it (like a video game). No. I have all of this because of GOD, and ONLY GOD. It has nothing to do with me, nor with my actions (acts) or doings (works). I have because of God’s GRACE.
I needed to write this out tonight to dispute the lies of the enemy. I AM BLESSED in spite of what I do… not because of it!