Who Told You That

Session 5 ~

Directly from the book: “God is amazing. He comes bearing the truth. He even gives us a way out of our burdens. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). For some reason, we do the opposite of what God says and do not take Jesus up on His offer. Let’s look back at the woman in Genesis 3 who spoke with the serpent. Eve listened to the serpent. She saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye and also desirable for gaining wisdom. She went a step further and decided to pull her husband into her disobedience and he ate with her. It is one thing if you decide to follow the crowd doing the wrong thing. It is quite another if you are leading the pack.

As long as Eve could see things clearly, she was fine. But when the serpent deceived her, she ate (Genesis 3:13). Trickery has always been and always will be Satan’s way of operating. Here’s a word of caution: never allow someone else to entice you to fall into the enemy’s traps of deception. Don’t allow your mind to take you on a road trip. And don’t pull others into his traps with you. Eve pulled in Adam. It made her culpable.

The woman sinned by choice. The serpent did not tell her to sin. She made the decision to disobey God on her own based on her information in front of her. Her choice. It is truly easy to get caught up. Before you realize it, your mind has taken a road trip and now you find you are in too deep and don’t know how to get out of the situation. How many of us look at the temptation in front of us and say to ourselves, “well, I know I’m not supposed to do this, but it sure looks like I would enjoy it. It can’t really be that bad for me.” The consequences are always more than we bargained for because disobedience costs.”

As I continue to create a platform for women and girls to share their voices, why do we, at times, find ourselves pulling others into our challenges, stress, and mess? Is it that we are too embarrassed to go at it alone? Here’s the truth. At some point in our lives, we will be deceived by others. Whether we fall into a trap that has been set or we find ourselves caught up in something we created. Why not deal with it and come out of it?

I’m afraid we allow past situations and outcomes to determine our next move with current life lessons. Life lessons are to help build us and make us stronger and wiser. Stop trying to cover up what happened, and deal with it. The moment it’s dealt with you can be free from the chains and move on. So many find themselves in a wounded state because they are still dealing with past situations. The lies are so deep; people find it hard to breathe due to suffocation.

It’s time to stop living our lives in such a way that others are afforded the opportunity to dictate to us what our next move. Live your life worthy of the calling God has placed upon you. Choose to live freely and not in the bondage of past mistakes. Guess what? We all make mistakes.

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