November 16 Home Communicator –In 1938, Orson Welles and some radio actors interrupted a broadcast to issue a faux report that our planet was being invaded by aliens. Listeners who believed the report to be reality were thrown into chaos and driven by fear and anxiety to take action they otherwise would not have. The same thing can be true of us in our spiritual lives when we are influenced by the devil and believe false realities about who we are or who God is.
“God can’t use me.”
“God doesn’t care about me and my struggles.”
How quickly thoughts like these can take up residence in our minds and throw us into chaos. Our fear and anxiety drive us to take action we otherwise would not have! YET, if we take the time to consider these statements in light of God’s Word, we soon see them for what they are – lies!
This was the hope for the first week of November at the middle school during Spiritual Emphasis Week. Students and teachers participated in a series of chapels as well as times of prayer and reflection asking God to help us identify the lies we believe and seek truth from His Word. When the devil has us thinking, “God can’t use me,” it’s the words of Philippians 4:13 that talk back, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” And when we’re tempted to think “God doesn’t care about our struggles,” 1 Peter 5:7 answers with, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
Let’s get the story straight, God is King, Christ is Victor, and the Spirit is at work! May we go forward living confidently in this beautiful truth!
Serving Him Together, Katie VanTil – Nurturing Faith Coordinator