I’d be Happy If

“Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers (and sisters). Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:16, 17 NIV)

Adam and Eve lived in a perfect world. All their needs were cared for. They had perfect communion with God and each other. They were “naked and unashamed.” The only restriction placed on them was that they were not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil located in the middle of the Garden. God warned them, “If you eat of it, you will surely die.”

As they basked in the light of God’s love, darkness slithered into the Garden with his plan to kill, steal and destroy the image bearers. And how did he do it? He did it with the most powerful weapon of all…lies.

“Now the serpent…” The great deceiver clothed himself as a serpent and slithered up to Eve with a game plan to destroy God’s prized possession. He didn’t come with a sword, or a gun, or even a knife for his attack.  He simply wielded lies.

The serpent knew Adam and Eve would not buy into a radical flamboyant denial of God, so he slithered into the garden with a twist and a turn of the truth. He began by causing Eve to doubt… “Did God really say you must not eat from any tree in the garden?” (Genesis 3:1).

Satan knew exactly what God had said. He was simply trying to confuse Eve. Perhaps he was evaluating just how well she knew the truth. He found out.

“We may eat fruit from the tress in the garden,” Eve replied, “but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die” (Genesis 3:3).

Bingo. She didn’t know the truth that well after all. God never mentioned not touching the fruit.  That seems like a pretty good idea, but it was not what God said.

Second he denied God and lied about the consequences of disobedience. Satan said, “You willnot surely die.” (3:4). He didn’t even try to disguise the deception. He told a flat-out lie.

And finally, he told her she could be like God: “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil (Genesis 3:5). In other words, “God doesn’t know what He’s talking about. He’s holding out on you. You don’t need Him. You can be your own god.”

Eve rejected the truth and believed the lie. She believed that she could be like god…in control of her own life. “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.  She also gave some to her husband, who was with her.”

And as she sunk her teeth into the forbidden fruit of deception and the lie slid down her delicate throat, the temptation settled in her soul and fermented into shame and condemnation. Her husband, who chose the woman over God, also felt the sickening rot of sin settle in his very soul. Suddenly shame and fear entered the world, and Adam and Eve hid from God like wayward children.

[tweetherder][/tweetherder]All temptation is an attempt to get us to live our lives independent of God. Satan is not very creative, but he is very affective. And he has been lying to us ever since. Why?  Because it works.

Every one of his lies springs from the idea that happiness is just a decision away. Satan wants you to believe God is holding out on you. You can be like God. You can be your own god.

Rather than being thankful for what we do have, he points out what we don’t have. Think about it. Eve had at her disposal every tree in the garden except one.  Every one! That is a smorgasbord of goodness! But rather than being thankful, she bought the lie that the one thing she couldn’t have was the one thing that would make her happy. I would be happy if… Is any of this sounding familiar to you? It should. Satan uses the same tactics with us that he used with Eve. Ingratitude is the infection of Eden, and it is cured with praise.

Eve believed the enemy’s lie over God’s truth. His plan worked. But what the serpent did not know was that God’s amazing plan of forgiveness and grace was about to unfold. [tweetherder][/tweetherder]Satan did not win the battle for man’s soul in the garden. Jesus Christ won the war on Calvary’s Cross. When Jesus said, “It is finished,” and then breathed his last, He made a way for all mankind to regain all that Adam and Eve had lost. 

Let’s Pray

Dear God, help me to recognize the lies of the enemy.  I am so thankful for all that You have given me.  I commit, right now, that I will not entertain thoughts that “I would be happy if…” but rather praise You for all that You have given me: freedom in Christ, eternal life, access to You though prayer, salvation, redemption, purpose. I love You.
In Jesus Name,
Amen.

What do you Think? 

When was the last time you said or thought, “I would be happy if…”?

What does that thought imply?

Where does true joy come from?

The way we fight Satan’s lies is with the Truth. What is one lie he has told you and the truth that proved him wrong? Leave a comment and share your answer.

Here’s one of mine. Lie: You can’t do anything right. Truth: I can do everything through Him (Christ) who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13 NIV)

Want More? 

Are you ready to begin seeing yourself as God sees you?  Are you ready to begin living the abundant life that God planned all along?  Well, let’s grab hands and begin the journey of walking in the truth together.  My book, I’m Not Good Enough…and Other Lies Women Tell Themselves, will open your eyes to the truth and set you free from the lies. Just visitwww.localhost/sjold, read a sample chapter or watch the video trailer to begin the amazing journey.

33 Responses to I’d be Happy If

  1. tara October 15, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    One lie satan uses repeatedly on me – “You can handle it all by yourself! You are weak if you ask for help.”

  2. Jocelyn Tyree October 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    The lie that keeps playing is that God is holding out on me as far as a relationship is concerned, well I was just in one of my own doing and it failed miserably. The truth is that God does supply ALL of my needs because He loves me yet I have to stop leaning to my own understanding!

  3. norma October 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    A lie satan uses is when I pray for healing, whether for myself or others and its this – ” Do you think you are so special? Is God able to heal in this situation? He doesn’t always heal.” My answer is yes, yes and yes. God can do anything and I’ve seen Him heal and answer prayers. We’re in a situation again where we are looking to God for a miracle of healing and I will keep looking to God.

  4. Trish Walton October 15, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    The lie that Satan uses time after time is I am unloveable. Divorce after 30 years of marriage and my husband’s repeated infidelities reinforced the lie. But God placed wonderful Friends, family, and church family in my life to remind me constantly that God has, does, and always will love me!!!

    • Karen October 25, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

      After 26 years of marriage that of which I thought we’re blessed years of raising 3 great kids, having a husband who I thought loved the Lord, we we’re all active in our church, we actually had the little picket fence and a black lab. Then on Jan9th 2009 my world came crashing down around me. For the next 2 years my husband would dribble his disclosure that he was a Sex Addict. He didn’t just view porn or have a one night stand. For 13 years of our marriage he went to 19 massage parlors to have sex with prostitutes, 6 lingerie parlors, multiple strip clubs including the VIP room, 2 affairs one was with my best friend and porn and masturbation. The trauma,pain,heartache,anger was more than I could possibly handle. You can’t imagine what I have been through these past 4 years since 09. I would say to myself I would be happy if…My Husband hadn’t betrayed me, broke our covenant vows, stabbed my heart and left me in the floor bleeding from all the wounding. I wanted to immediately leave him. How could I possible stay with a man who had inflicted such an enormous amount of trauma on his own wife. The damage/destruction was so extensive I said there is no way possible to survive this. Oh but my Dear Sisters I was right “I” couldn’t survive this Journey but God would and he is in the process of so miraculously saving a marriage where there was No Hope Possible. My beloved had such a miraculous encounter with the Lord and has been transformed from the Inside Out. He has been pure since Jan22 09. This year March 6th we renewed our wedding vows as we each wrote NEW vows to one another on a cruise in the Carribean. What Satan told me as a lie that this shattered, broken marriage was over God said No, it’s just beginning because nothing not even the horrendous damage that has been done can stop me (God) from Rebuilding, Restoring, and Renewing the vision I have for your marriage. My heart goes out to all my sisters who are traveling this unexpected Journey of betrayal. Just know that no matter what you’re husband decides to do whether he continues in his sin or he finds the Lord and is repentive and humble God Promises You HOPE and HEALING. Blessings

  5. Katie October 15, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Lie: You are not beautiful; Truth: “You are fearfully and wonderfully made!”

  6. Melissa October 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Great thoughts today! If Eve had it made and still fell for the lie, how much more we need to wake up and realize happiness isn’t in your situation. I have to tell myself this outloud sometimes; stop whining and be content in Christ!

  7. Karen October 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    I’d be happier if I just had more money, I said it! Coming out of my thoughts and on this page reminds me of how sinful my thoughts can be!! HUMBLED! My family & I don’t want for anything , really we don’t . The things we want are extras. God has given us all we need.
    The scripture I found was Luke 16: 10-15
    Don’t let your integrity slip in small matters and it will not fail you in crucial decisions either.
    I am always thankful when I put God first in my day. Thanks for your website, God knew exactly what he was doing with my heart today.
    Karen

  8. Anita October 15, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    The lie I have heard over and over is that I am not as good as others…not as pretty, not as smart, not as talented. If I put myself out there, I will be laughed at and look foolish. I have learned through the Holy Spirit and through God speaking to my heart that I am good enough. As I type this it just dawned on me that Satan lies to me to keep me quiet so I won’t speak out for Jesus and do the work he has for me to do. Well, NO LONGER ladies. I am a child of GOD and I am standing up and speaking out.

  9. Chris October 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    I just want to share that I have seen myslef in each and every one of these responses thus far. It is a beautiful day as i am encouraged and strenthed from all of you. Thank you. Today’s readings and devotion are much needed after this past weekend. Have a blessed day.

  10. Hazel October 15, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    I have been a widow for nearly nine years. Satan lies to me by telling me that if I had a nicer home, a newer car, and specifically a new man in my life I would be happy. I feel that I am ashamed to invite people to my home because it is not as nice or as clean or the furniture isn’t as new as others in my church have. I struggle with these thoughts.

  11. Cheryl October 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Hi. Just last week my husband and kids went to run some errands and asked me if I wanted to go. I said no I have packing to do for our move. I didn’t want to move bcuz we had moved from there a yr ago. It was a destructive environment w fake Christian gossipy friends. Also a who has more kinda place. We were going back for financial purposes and my kids had gone to school w their friends since kinder. Well they left and over and over in my mind my recent failures, inadequacies, guilt, etc keep repeating themselves.(Satan) I decided to take a bunch of pills thinking I won’t fail my family anymore. The effects were awful….couldn’t walk, vomiting, in and out consciousness, etc. Well my husband “decided” to by milk which we had and had to drop it home(totally God) when he came in I was in and out, couldn’t move..etc He immediately called 911. The docs said 1 more hr I would have been gone as my organs were already starting to shut down. I’m fine now but know Satan convinced me if all I wasn’t and God saved me from Satans hands.I praise God to the highest for saving my life. If not for that milk we didn’t need I’d be dead. Btw we r staying and not moving.

  12. Lori October 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    The lie that satan keeps trying to get me to believe is “you don’t need God to heal you from your chronic illness and He will not give you the strength to endure it so why bother to pray to Him. You can do it yourself.” I physically flip satan off my shoulder, and tell him “LIE” God is the only one who can heal me and in His time “thy will be done” God has my back and will not foresake me

  13. Shontae October 15, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    First, I wanna say Thank you for letting God speak to me through you. I am so happy to have found you and this topic today is something the enemy has been using to keep me sad and depressed. I have a wonderful church family but no personal friends. No girlfriends to talk to or share with. So I always am on the hunt for friends and I always say I would be happy if I just had one true friend. But the truth is God is the best friend I could ever have and I should be grateful for his friendship! I can recognize that and today’s topic was just for me. Thank you again.

  14. Donna October 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    I have lived my life in worry, fear and anxiety for many years as a Christian, but the word of God tells me different! Philippians 4:6 – DO NOT WORRY, for anything… I have to admit its sometimes a struggle, and I rest in that verse!

  15. Justine October 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    Satan’s favorite lie to me: “You are no good – your past actions make you unworthy of God’s Love.”

    The Truth: “There is now NO CONDEMNATION in Christ Jesus”
    and “‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.'” AND I BELIEVE HIM. Bless you, Sisters – Justine

  16. Nancy Beneteau October 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    You know Sharon, I spent most of my life figuring I had to do it on my own cause I wasn’t good enough for anyone to help me through. I made some big mistakes with this lie. It wasn’t until recently that I have really come to a realization that I am special and God Love me the way I am and it doesn’t matter who likes me or who is there for me because God is there all the time. That’s enough for me. It’s nice for the human intimacy but God’s is much more profound.
    Today as I turn 40 all I can think of that would make me happy, not that I”m not already, is that my husband coming to The Lord. If he would just turn his heart and learn to love and trust The Lord, then I would be truly undoubtedly happy. I am happy and am okay with things now but having my husband on a Christian walk with me would be me over the top. It’s my daily prayer. But otherwise I truly am happy with all that I have right now this moment, even my financial storm.

    • Sharon October 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Girls, let all pray for this sister’s husband to come to the Lord. That’s a gift we can give her for her b-day!
      Pray, pray, pray

  17. Whitney October 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Thank you to all of the women who shared…I struggle often with the “Not Enough” syndrome. (pretty enough, smart enough, don’t make enough, not funny enough, blah, blah, blah…crazy where my own thinking can take me.) I love the verse “fearfully and wonderfully made”. I pray to stop criticizing myself and start accepting and even loving myself….after all God created me so I’m in fact judging His creation. When I say it like that…it sounds just awful. I don’t criticize other’s the way I do myself so I am trying to learn to treat myself with grace and love. Again thank you all for the above messages..I am amazed at the honesty of the posts on here.

    Whitney

  18. jehrica October 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Lie: God wants to take away my fun and make my life miserable.
    Truth: John 10:10 “10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” =)

  19. Lynne October 15, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    I too have heard Satan say that I need to repeatedly pay for past mistakes and that there is no hope for me, but I know that there is no condemnation for those who love the Lord. I hold onto that.

  20. Jill October 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    Lie: As I’m getting older my kids and family don’t need me….
    Thanks for the devotional today Sharon that reminded us again of how Satan messes with our mind and emotions, even though we know the Truth of God’s love, acceptance and provision. ‘Man, he’s a dirty dog’ –

  21. Tony October 15, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    Sharon, et al, the greatest lie I keep hearing from Satan is that I would be happier as a single man. This lie has caused me , at times, to forget the priority of my commitment to my wife who is the most amazing person I have ever met, and the only woman I have ever truly loved. Work, volunteering, etc., has many times taken away from those hard to find moments with her, and I need prayer to help reaffirm what I already know…my wife is a precious gift from God, never to be taken for granted. I am truly touched and blessed by all the comments I have read and look forward to the devotional from GIG every day! God’s love and blessings to all…

  22. Sherri October 16, 2012 at 1:11 am #

    Satan’s big lie to me: There would never be enough forgiveness for me and the things I was broken-hearted over in my life.

  23. Lillie October 16, 2012 at 2:49 am #

    Lie: God’s word is outdated. Matthew 24:35 – Heaven and earth will pass away, but my word will never pass away. (NIV)

  24. Ang October 16, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    I too suffer from the “not good enough” point of view. I feel like a complete failure to the task God gave me and then took away. My head knows this is not true but my heart is having a hard time catching up! God sends us words of encouragement to strengthen our hearts and for this I am thankful. I pray that each one of us will truly know that God loves us fiercely and will never let go.

  25. Jen Parker October 17, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    How sad that so many of us suffer from this lie. I do too. I always think “I could have done more”. I have a hard time looking at what I’ve done that was good because “good enough” never is. I’ve failed in my life sisters and I’ve really sinned. I’ve talked to God about it, and although He already knew, I admitted my wrongs and I know He forgave me. So why can’t I drop the guilt? shame? regret? Why do I continuously trip up? It’s because “someone else” wants me to believe the lie. I’ve got to steel myself against this. If I can acknowledge it’s going to happen each and every day, then I can be prepared. I will try to recognize it when it comes and remember Him. All my “wrongs” have been made “right” through the blood of Jesus. Thank you, thank you, thank you Lord.

  26. Jen Parker October 17, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    SHARON!!! God just yelled in my ear!!! When I was sharing this thought on my Facebook page, He told me how to see it!!!! Please tell all the girls. This is IT!!

    Scripture: Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16

    Here is the Truth, the Word of God….follow me, girls…

    God is the great I AM. If God is in me, then no matter what “I’m not good enough” lie I’m hearing is negated because He tells me “I AM”. I’m not saying I’m God. But that part of the Spirit that lives in me and you, IS. When you hear the doubt and lies, remember to find that spot inside where you feel God and know He says “I AM”. He loves us!! Hold on to it girls!!

    • Sharon October 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

      Don’t you love it when God tells you something in fifty different ways!

  27. Janique October 17, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    I felt so low and hopeless (LIE)last night, but after reading this article I am reminded of the TRUTH: God knows what he is doing, he is not holding out on me at all when it comes to realtionships with a man… God is all that I need and true JOY comes from him and not the things or people I am longing after.

  28. ann October 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    For the past year and a half I have begun my journey through counseling in order to address anxiety that I have been struggling with since the birth of my now 7 year old daughter. It was as if all of the performance, perfectionism, and control that have driven me for over 30 years finally ran out and the Lord said “Stop! It is time to heal! You need to surrender to me!” On the outside, I am a driven, friendly, outgoing and happy mom who works at a non-profit part-time and is active in her church. No one would ever suspect that I often tremble on the inside, afraid of losing it in front of others or having a panic attack. The pressures and stress of “getting it all done and done perfectly” just weigh down on me. I am afraid to ever appear not in control or happy. I grew up in a Christian home my parents did the best they could, although, sometimes other priorities took the place of our emotional needs. I felt like I had to prove myself constantly, I often felt afraid, and struggled with feeling accepted by others. Nothing ever felt good enough, but I kept on going and I kept on performing. In fact, I was successful – but never fulfilled. Being driven by perfectionism – if things weren’t right – I became obsessed with worry. I was afraid of everything – the devil, a monster under my bed, not getting an A tomorrow, not getting the best part in the play. After graduate school, I married my husband of 13 years. We have had our struggles, but we have grown and he is an amazing, supportive, Christian man. I love him so much! I can be completely open with him about all of my struggles and he supports me and prays for me. We have 3 amazing little girls and life should be perfect right?? Then why do I often struggle with anxiety? Why do these fears creep up and make me feel like I am just going to lose it and become just another mental health case? These are the fears that may seem unreasonable and unrealistic, but plague me on the inside. Going through counseling I am working on accepting how God made me – and how God sees me – a woman dearly loved, holy, redeemed, a daughter of the King, having a sound mind full of peace and love – not laden with fear. I have been working on replacing my debilitating thoughts with the truth from God’s word. But all of this can sometimes be so hard. When I think I’ve got it and become self-reliant again – I fall and it is like the process starts all over. So, I am a work in process – becoming sanctified and shaped into the woman God wants me to be. Aren’t we all? I guess, I just sometimes feel alone in the process and knowing that other women are going through similar struggles helps. Thank you!

  29. Savannah October 25, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    I am 23 years old and happily married. I have struggled with anxiety and panic attacks
    on and off since I was about 4 years old. I often times think why me and this is too much and why has God made me struggle with this for so long? When will it end? But just like today, going into work, I could cry because while I’m there I am so anxious I twiddle my
    hair, pull on my throat and face and feel so uncomfortable but I know God is with me. It is just so tiring to feel scared and anxious every day….. Please ask God to comfort me even
    though I don’t deserve it.

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