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Encouragement From Sylvia Maffucci

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Scientists estimate that the average person has between 30,000 to 60,000 thoughts a day; and of those, 80% are negative and 90% are repetitive. No wonder God commands us to “take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)

A battle common to most women, is the one that rages in our minds; and it is a battle that exists because of the lies we have allowed to enter and to permeate many of our thoughts. Authored by the “father of lies,” they focus primarily on the idea that you are not enough!!!

Society and social media constantly bombard us with the message “Not Enough.” Not pretty enough, smart enough, busy enough, fit enough, rich enough, witty enough, secure enough, strong enough. We get trapped in a no-win game of comparison where we are at a significant disadvantage. It is an unfair game, one in which we are set up to compete against some ideal that simply does not exist. Even the very definition of ideal is a lie.

We always lose in the game of comparison. And, even if we don’t want to play the game, over and over again, in a fraction of a second, we get drawn into the mind battle of “not enough.” So, how can we get the advantage when we find ourselves spiraling out of control with such thoughts of “not enough”?

Scripture - reading it, memorizing it, praying it, believing it. Knowing we are in a battle, the Apostle Paul tells us to put on the “full armor of God.” He specifically identifies the Word of God as our sword for the battle, the weapon of offense, given to us by God Himself, that gives us a clear advantage over the tactics of the evil one.

When you feel yourself being pulled into the mind game by the evil one - the one that makes you feel unworthy, unimportant, victimized, unlovable, alone, rejected - “Not enough,” run to scripture, and ask God to help you cling to what is true.

It is my prayer that each of us would consider the lies Satan uses to trap each one of us, and compare them with the truth about who God says you are and how He feels about you:

Satan’s Lie God’s Truth
I am nobody (1 John 3:1)
I am a failure (Romans 8:37)
I am rejected (Deuteronomy 7:6)
I am alone, too afraid and too weak (Isaiah 41:10)
I am useless (Ephesians 2:10)
I am not wanted (Isaiah 43:1)
I am not beautiful (Psalm 139:14)
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