37. Are you Free or Freed? What is Your Own Opinion of of you?

What are the thoughts of yourself like? Have many funny or bad thoughts? How do you deal with your own thoughts or images? Positive memories are often shared and readily and repeatedly discussed. Negative thoughts are harder to get rid of, especially if you have reminders of them. Perhaps you live like that many moments of your time. Soreness or a visible scars somewhere to remind you. Deep sadness in your eyes that you cover as well as you can. At least sometimes. Do you judge yourself? For the path you chose? The way you look or the way you dress, speak or act, especially if you moved away from your culture?

These are loaded questions. You may be tempted to react negatively to those inquiries. Jesus did too. Satan tempted Him in the wilderness. Satan was there after Jesus fasted for forty days and was hungry and weak. Satan will tempt you when you are weak and hungry!

On Satan's first temptation he asked for Jesus to stones into bread. This, in this time, culture and economy, might mean for you to turn loneliness into sweets, junk-food or substances. Jesus answered in Mark 1:4 "It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." Jesus's choice was to listen and to lean on His Father. Even in His weakened state, He focused on the guidance of the Father and gained strength to avoid the lure. Grabbing and holding onto the wisdom-filled words of the Father will strengthen you!

On his second snare, Satan tempted for Jesus to release angels to catch Him when He fell, Mark 1:6-7 "If you are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: 'He shall give His angels charge over you,' and 'in their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.'" Jesus was exhausted and yet committed to follow the Father. He said to him "it is written again, you shall not tempt the Lord your God.'" This temptation could mean about being bated to react by using angry words or to react in a hostile manner. Hurting people hurt people. Jesus chose to use the boundary around Him instead. You can use the same boundary by responding with the words you know or use the written words of the Bible. If unfamiliar with boundaries, there are several earlier written blogs about them.

On Jesus's third snare Jesus heard, Mark 1:8-10 "Again the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, "all these things I will give you if You will fall down and worship me." Then Jesus said to him "Away with you Satan! For it is written, you shall worship the Lord Your God, and Him only you shall serve." This means for you to trust the guidance of the Father whenever the pain, the loneliness, desires or whatever gets intense. It can result in eternal consequences! The Father knows and provides the wisdom to guide you.

If you think of the patterns of your own life, you'll likely realize you have been tempted over and over just like Jesus was. I sure was. I failed many times over. When much younger my hurts turned to alcoholism, my pride (the second snare) into false belief and idolizing others. The third snare turned into further pride mixed with fear. Massive fear reactions combined with implosive behaviors. Nothing to be proud of. Much to learn about life.

What about you? Where have these snares taken you to? All of us have gone through them in some form or another. I Peter 5:8 reminds to "be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." Attacks come when your own opinion of you is at its lowest. There is help! James harsh word 4:7-8 states "therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, your sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded." Ouch! It took a massive dose of humility and self-awareness to learn how to trust the Father, again, with love and humbleness. It was akin to walking across Niagara Falls on a rope trusting the Father will keep me from falling. Resilience is built by proceeding ahead with love from the Father regardless of obstacles. Perseverance works!

What you and I can learn from life experiences is that snares push the Creator away. That's what the enemy wants. Let's talk about you. When you return and listen to His loving guidance, your trust will increase, fear will slowly dissipate and your faith will grow. Your love for others and slowly for yourself will allow inner healing to occur. 2 Corinthians 12:9 "and He said to me "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness..." Proverbs 3:5-6 is a guiding light "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." There is help, resilient one, if you need it. We cannot do it alone. Please connect through the Facebook or the presented website. Blessings!