Princess, there is truth in deception, otherwise it wouldn’t be deceiving!
Remember in the book of Ezra, chapter 4, when the rebuilding of God’s temple was taking place? God stirred the heart of king Cyrus, which ultimately released the Israelite’s from their captivity in Babylon. This then allowed them to return to Jerusalem so that the holy temple could be rebuilt.
As soon as the enemy was aware that a prophecy from the Lord was unfolding, he instantly came to steal, kill, destroy, and disrupt!
Deception: “Wake up, king Cyrus, and look what you’re allowing! Do you not remember these people? They were rebellious, and disobedient! Just review the records! Their past faults and unruly behavior destroyed this city to begin with! Why do you think these people were even in captivity?! Do not be a fool by letting them come back and rebuild, for it will only cost you in the end!” -Satan (Verses 12-16. Paraphrase. My words)
Let’s take a closer look at this word of deception delivered straight from the mouth of Satan. Yes, Israel thus far, does not have a very good track record with God. There were several instances of previous unruly behavior, disobedience, and rebellious activity; therefore, there is truth in this deceptive proclamation. BUT do not be so quick to just accept this tiny brush stroke, forgetting the entire painting on this canvas!
Yes, God’s chosen people were full of faults and past mistakes, but do not forget God’s promises, love, mercies, and grace. When you accept Christ, you become a new creature. The old is gone and the new has come (2 Co. 5:17). When you seek forgiveness and sincerely repent (turn from), God also chooses to remember your sins no more (Is. 43:25)!
Essentially, sweet soul, let the shame and guilt go! Stop holding onto what isn’t even yours anymore! YOU’RE NEW, just like the people returning from Babylon! You’re not that past person Satan keeps reminding you of and neither were they! You may have fallen 7 times, but you’re rising up again (Prov. 24:16)! That mistake you can’t let go of doesn’t define you, darling, Christ does! You were bought with a price, and nothing can penetrate through the blood of the Lamb! God chooses to remember your sins no more (Heb. 8:12), just like the people of Israel. And if God chooses to remember your sins no more, how much more should you also choose to take this stance?
Be aware of deception, darling, for it doesn’t paint the whole picture. Don’t be so quick to recognize the faulty strokes, forgetting that God’s brush actually covers the entire canvas.🖌