Bible study is really just for Preachers and Elders, if it's that important, they'll put it in a sermon one day. God doesn't want you to have any fun. We do not need God. You don't need help with anything. Church is just about ruining your happiness. You can do it on your own. Really?
Horizons 2012 had a promo video that started out with this: "There is nothing better than sliced bread. Power Rangers are real. Every square actually has a fifth side, but you can't see it unless you stare at the square for an hour. One in ten fish are afraid of water, it's true I looked it up. You should spend more time on Facebook. Money can buy happiness, because with money, you can buy a Doritos taco. It's kind of like when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor. Kangaroos are actually mice that are really close up. It's actually really cool to make car noises when you walk. I invented the hot pockets. My dog ate my homework. My homework ate my dog. You should talk about yourself more. People love that. A large slice of cheese, if placed in a DVD player, will actually play a short film about cows. You don't have to study for that test. Spend all of your time trying to please people. Don't forgive them. Clothes are the most important thing. No one could ever love you. You are not important. You don't matter. Nothing good is worth waiting for. Just look like you've got it together. Bible study is really just for Preachers and Elders, if it's that important, they'll put it in a sermon one day. God doesn't want you to have any fun. We do not need God. You don't need help with anything. Church is just about ruining your happiness. You can do it on your own." Really? "There is a way that seems right to a man, but it's end is the way of death" (Proverbs 16:25).
In Matthew 7:13, Jesus tells us that there are two paths in our spiritual world. There is a wide and easy road that will take you to death and destruction. There is also a more narrow and difficult path that will take us to life. You can be on the wrong road and think that you are on the right road. We need to wake up to the reality that things aren't always what they seem. That's how Satan does things, he deceives us. In Acts 17, Paul had been accused of "turning the world upside down" (Acts 17:6). The reality is, he didn't turn the world upside down, he was trying to turn the world right side up. When Paul went around the world preaching, he was already preaching to a world that was backwards. He was trying to teach them how to live right side up in an upside down world. We live in a world that is upside down and they just don't know it. The world was flipped back in Genesis chapter 3.
Genesis chapter 3 was when Satan first questioned the goodness of God. In verse four, Satan called God a liar and said "You will not surely die." Satan is still trying to turn people upside down (2 Corinthians 11:3). Just as he did in the beginning, so he will do to every person. 1 Peter 5:8 says that Satan is a "roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." Satan disguises himself as something he really isn't (2 Corinthians 11:14). All through our lives, Satan will appear to be good when he is bad. John 8:44 states that Satan is a liar and the father of all lies. There is no truth in him.
What lie is working at your heart? Maybe the lie that says you don't matter. Maybe it's the lie that it's not that big of a deal. Find the lie that speaks to you because he speaks to us in different ways. Lies that work for this person won't work for that person. He keeps working until he finds one that works for us. The truth is what holds us together and gives us the strength to walk right side up (Ephesians 6:14). We need to replace the lies with the truth so that way we can wear the armor of God.
In Exodus 3:11, Moses bought the lie that he doesn't matter. In Judges 6:15, Gideon bought a lie. Esther bought a lie in Esther 4. They all bought lies. God had an answer for all of these people. God's truth was inserted into the picture and the lies disappeared. Don't buy the lie. You matter. Put on the belt of truth. Let's turn this upside down world right side up and not buy the lies!
By: Jennifer Odom
My name is Jennifer Odom and I've been a Christian since October 2011. I'm a 19-year-old sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University. I like reading, crocheting, and Bible journaling. My favorite verse is Philippians 1:21. I write for Tomorrow's Church, Today and am the editor for Beyond the Foam. I hope to speak at several ladies days, become a music teacher, get involved with mission work, and bring as many people as I can with me to heaven. Stepping in Light is affiliated with the church of Christ.