I sometimes experience negative, destructive beliefs that really hurt—that I am dispensable…that I am dishonorable…that I am disgraced—and no matter how much I struggle, these painful beliefs stay in my mind. No amount of struggle, warfare, or arguing can get rid of them. DEATH reigns in my mind.
FOR AS THE FATHER HAS LIFE IN HIMSELF, SO HE HAS GRANTED THE SON TO HAVE LIFE IN HIMSELF
Celebrate that the Perfect Father has LIFE in Himself. Therefore, He granted His Son, Jesus, to have LIFE, as well…and He sent Jesus to grant that LIFE to YOU.
BUT THESE ARE WRITTEN THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD, AND THAT BY BELIEVING YOU MAY HAVE LIFE IN HIS NAME
I bless you to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, who came to bring YOU LIFE in His Name. In His Name, you can experience Truth for the negative, destructive beliefs that you are dispensable, dishonorable, and disgraced. In His Name, you can receive Hope for your hopelessness. In His Name, you can encounter Light for your darkness.
YET YOU REFUSE TO COME TO ME TO HAVE LIFE
But you have an obligation: to come to the Lord Jesus, so He may give you the LIFE that was given Him by the Perfect Father. Enter into the LIFE He is offering you, instead of trying to take revenge for the negative, destructive beliefs in your mind. Embrace His LIFE, instead of withdrawing from others in pain. Ask Him to feed you with His LIFE, instead of trying to fix your heart by yourself. Then, YOU will have LIFE, too.
I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE
In what ways and through which negative, destructive beliefs does DEATH reign in your heart?
Considering what you know about the Lord Jesus now, what are you going to do about this death that reigns in your heart, today?
PRAYER: Thank you, Lord Jesus, that You came from the Father to be my BREAD OF LIFE. How encouraging to know that through believing I can also have LIFE in Your name. Lord Jesus, I choose to come to You to receive this BREAD OF LIFE. I am tired of death that has been reigning in me through the accusatory beliefs of the father-of-lies. Draw me close, so my heart may be fed by the BREAD OF LIFE, instead of the negative, destructive beliefs of the father-of-lies.
Maintain an Awareness
The Bible calls it the OLD MAN. It makes us feel like a powerless CHILD. It is the reason we believe we are abandoned, bad, rejected, and shamed. It is the reason we feel mad, bad, and sad. It is the reason neither life, nor death, makes sense.