Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Don't Listen to Morris

Morris the Moose tried to convince a cow that she was a moose. His argument was simple: the cow had four legs, a tail, and things on her head. “But I say MOO!” said the cow. “I give milk to people.” And Daniel's favorite line, “But my mother is a COW!”

Despite Morris' persistence, the cow held firm to her beliefs about herself, and even consulted a deer for confirmation that she was not a moose. At the end of the story, Morris, the cow, and the deer drank from a stream together and gazed at their reflections in the water. They embraced their differences because their identities were made clear.

After listening to Thomas' message on Sunday, Every Thought Captive: Enemy, my take-away from Daniel's reader last night was: Don't listen to Morris. Know who you are and don't believe lies about yourself. If your identity is in question, consult the Word, and find a true reflection of who God says you are.

Day 8 of Tommy Newberry's 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life is called “Stop Identity Theft”: Your true self-worth is based only on what God says about you, not on how you feel about yourself.

“Do you see yourself as a child of almighty God? Remember whose you really are. You are an original masterpiece...A mediocre self-concept does not come from God but from the blemishes and stains of the world. It comes from seeing ourselves differently than God sees us. It comes from disagreeing with God. It comes from continuing to identify with the things that haven't worked. It comes from continuing to think about ourselves as unworthy, as if we've forgotten about the blood of Jesus that cleanses and purifies us.”

In the storybook, Morris the Moose didn't intend to deceive the cow; he was just confused himself. But in this world, we have an enemy whose mission is completely opposite of everything God intends for us. And we need to be aware of his deceitful schemes.

Our enemy wants us to believe things about God and about ourselves that aren't true. “He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and a father of lies.” John 8:44

God wants us to be aware of Satan's deceitful schemes, but He doesn't want us to live in fear of him. We need to recognize the battle going on for our minds and to use the weapons God provides for us, utilizing His unlimited strength.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of the this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:10-13

by Chris Tomlin

You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light
Whom shall I fear

You crush the enemy
Underneath my feet
You are my sword and shield
Though troubles linger still
Whom shall I fear

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

My strength is in your name
For you alone can save
You will deliver me
Yours is the victory
Whom shall I fear

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in your hands
I'm holding on to your promises
You are faithful
You are faithful

“When you see yourself as down and defeated, that is what you will surely be. This woeful approach does you no good personally and only serves to minimize your contribution in the world. However, if you choose to see yourself as more than a conqueror through Christ (see Romans 8:37), you will certainly ascend to that level.” (40 Days book)

A cow, not a moose.
A victor, not a loser.
Always remember who you are and whose you are.

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