Don’t Believe The Lies

I don’t know if this is the case with every Christian or not, but it seems like the more I read my Bible and follow God, the more the devil tries to attack me. It’s when I’m failing that, ironically, he lets up on his attacks.

I’m going to be thirty next year, and I just feel like it’s ridiculous that the devil won’t let up on his attacks as I get older. Honestly, it gets tiring at times. I know why some people end up backsliding, and that includes me in the past as well. It’s literally exhausting dealing with the attacks of the enemy.

The way the enemy attacks me is through lies. I’ve always felt like I wasn’t good enough in life, mainly due to our society’s perception of what beauty is, and also because of rude comments people have made about me. My mom has always told me I’m beautiful and intelligent. The hateful comments and self-doubting have mostly come from the world.

When I’m feeling like the enemy is attacking me, I like listening to the song “Lies” by Keith Green. You can find it on YouTube. I highly  recommend listening to it.

I’ve finally come to a point in my life where I actually feel good about myself. But, I’m seeking God, and the enemy can’t have that. So, here comes the self doubt and feeling like I’m not good enough again.

In fact, the enemy has been trying to attack me through my blog too. I have been feeling like I have no business writing a Christian blog because, well, in some ways I am still very much a “new” Christian myself. Although I was born again/accepted Jesus in my heart a long time ago, I feel like I am just finally starting to truly follow Him. Then I remember that God gave me a talent for writing, and I believe He gives us each unique talents so that we can glorify Him through them.

If you have been having self doubts despite the fact that you’ve been seeking God, it may very well be BECAUSE you are seeking God. Don’t stop seeking God! You need to brush off the lies of the enemy. What I do is recite Bible verses to myself that I know are in direct contrast to what the enemy wants me to think. For instance, Psalm 139:14 (WEB) says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that God knew us even before we were in the womb: “Before I formed you in the belly, I knew you. Before you came forth out of the womb, I sanctified you.”

It’s difficult to ignore the lies of the devil. I know, because it’s something I struggle with on an almost daily basis lately. Just today, though, someone in Walmart complimented me on my dress (my Dollar General maxi dress to be exact). It’s almost like God was telling me, through this kind person, that I AM good enough.

The devil is a liar, point blank. Don’t listen to him. Read God’s truths instead, believe them, and live them. You really were “fearfully and wonderfully made,” and God really does love you. The only opinion that matters isn’t an opinion at all- it’s God’s truth that He himself created you, and you are more than good enough for the God of the universe!

Keith Green: A Worship Musician After God’s Own Heart

Keith Green- Image is from Wikimedia/Last Days Ministries website

How many of you have heard Keith Green’s worship music? If you have never heard of Keith Green, do yourself a favor and listen to some of his music on YouTube. While you’re there, watch The Keith Green Story.

To give you a short biography of Keith Green, he was a hippie-ish looking Christian of the 1970’s/early 80’s who really loved Jesus and loved telling people all about Him through his music. Green was not always a man of God, however. He was raised in a Christian Science household, and he had Jewish roots.

According to Wikipedia, Green was very much a part of the worldly culture of his time, from experimenting with drugs, “free love”, and studying eastern mysticism. After what Green called a “bad trip,” he stopped doing drugs. It was then that Green started studying theology. He met his Jewish wife, Melody, when he was 19 years old. Keith and Melody wed after a year of dating. Green rejected Christian Science and became a Jesus-believing Christian, and Melody accepted Jesus shortly thereafter.

It is not Green’s past that most people recognize him for. It is his “No Compromise” approach to the Gospel which shined through every one of his songs. In fact, the name of one of his albums and songs is No Compromise.

According to the Last Days Ministries website, Green originally wanted to be a successful secular musician. God chose to make Green successful as a Christian musician instead, and his first Christian album was at the top of the charts. Green was humbled about his Christian “fame,” and he preached against people being star struck, calling it “idolatry.” Green was adamant about walking the Christian walk, not just talking the talk. You can read an article Green penned called So You Wanna Be a Rock Star on the Last Days Ministries website. In the letter, Green said he would stop being a musician if God wanted him to do something else to reach people for Him. Imagine giving up your life’s passion in obedience to God!

Sadly, God called Green home to Heaven in 1982 when he was just 28 years old. Green died in a tragic small plane crash, and two of his children also perished in the crash. God spared Melody and two of their children, one of whom Melody was pregnant with, as neither of them were on the plane that day.

In Green’s short life, he accomplished much for Jesus. His music is still helping people grow in their faith to this day. I’ll admit, when I first listened to Green’s music, I did not like it. It was because I did not have the Holy Spirit. I was not truly saved. Years later when my heart changed, I started listening to his music. Let me tell you, Green’s music helped me get through some really difficult times in my life. I could feel God’s presence when I was all alone through Green’s music. His music is not only enjoyable to listen to, the messages in the songs will compel you to grow in your walk with Christ.

If you read through the comments of some of Green’s music on YouTube, you will learn just how on fire for God he was. People who were actually at a Keith Green concert shared how he was able to preach the Gospel in a brutally honest way, just as Jesus intended it to be shared. Yet, Green also had a sense of humor which shows through some of his songs such as So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt.

Green’s message was not a popular one, but Green knew being in the Kingdom of God is not about popularity. It is about worshipping God, having a personal relationship with Him, and bringing other people to the Kingdom through sharing the good news.

I believe Green accomplished exactly what God wanted him to accomplish in his short, Gospel-filled life. He was not a part of the popular Christianity of today. He was a genuine, Jesus-loving Christian who was not ashamed of the Gospel nor singing and preaching about it. Green’s music was kept uncorrupted by the false Christianity that is so rampant today.

Though Green’s passing was difficult for his family, friends, and even people who grew in their relationship with Christ through his music, we can all take comfort knowing Green is worshipping God in Heaven. Even in today’s culture, Green’s music is helping people grow in their walks with Christ. As Green said in his So You Wanna Be a Rockstar article, I truly believe God told him, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant” when Green met Him in Heaven.