Satan loves to make us feel unqualified. Just as there is no limit to God’s awesomeness, there’s no limit to Satan’s treachery. His strategy is clear – influence us through deceptions and lies. When it comes to the enemy, Jesus’ message is clear, as evidenced in John 8:44: “He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” While Satan is unable to read our minds, he can (and will) attempt to plant thoughts in our minds. Satan will try to influence our thought life by using anything contrary to God’s Word. I fell victim to this countless times. Despite being a follower of Christ, I was wounded. I continually allowed Satan the power to influence my thoughts, thus making me ineffective in spite of being a believer. “I’m not good enough.” “God can’t use me for this.” “Yeah, God forgave me, but….” A situation would arise, and I was already defeated. Doubt and negativity had a permanent residence in my mind. I required more from myself that God did of me! I believe we all at some point have felt unqualified. If that’s you today, how are you responding? The Bible tells us to “put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” – Eph. 6:11 Jesus himself did exactly this when tempted in the wilderness! Matthew 4: 1-11 covers this. Each time Satan tempted Him, Jesus answered what with the Word said, exclaiming “It is written.” Jesus used the Word of God to drive Satan out of His presence. You can do the same thing! Through Christ and His Word, you are victorious! I would not be writing this blog today had I not spoke the Word over Satan. God is looking for faithful people“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him,” – 2 Chronicles 16:9. God is looking for faithful people He can use! How do you build faith – by getting in the Word. (There are multiple blogs on the GLC website under the Faith Foundations series that cover this). Acting in faith and obedience can be overwhelming at times. God may have something in store for you that you’ve never done or is uncomfortable. In this series, we’ve heard Pastor Andrew share his story of leaving behind his home to join the GLC staff (unplanned); and how Pastor Keith and Emily started GLC from scratch (unplanned). Their obedience to Him are great examples of acts of faith. When I came to GLC, I had no intentions of getting involved. I barely even sang during worship. Just over a year later, I joined a Life Group, served in two ministries and am writing this blog weekly. If you make yourself usable, God will use you endlessly, in ways you never thought. “Everyone talks about how faithful he is, but just try to find someone who really is!” – Proverbs 20:6. This verse really hits home for me. For a long time, I talked a good game, but when it came down to certain things, I was not fully trusting God, demonstrated by my thought life and lack of faith/confidence. I did not know who I was in Christ. When you know who you are in Christ, the vision for your life becomes clear, and there is no limit to what you can do in Him. Your identity is who God says you are. Let go of Satan’s lies and take hold of God’s truth.