Have you ever taken a bite of an apple that looked beautiful only to find out that it was brown and mushy in the middle? Looking from the outside, it seemed perfect, round, red, and firm. How could you have known it was rotten? The truth is you can't always tell from the outside. People can be the same way. They can smile and be polite, but we do not know the motives of the heart.
Over the last few years, I have gotten to know some people who demonstrate this very same example. Unfortunately, the focus for these individuals was only on what they looked like to others. They want to look a certain way, but peeling back the behaviors, how they treat others tells a different story.
We have a redeemer in Jesus who gave his life for our sins. He graciously leads us out of the generational curses that loom in our family line. We just need to give it to him intentionally. We are asking him genuinely to change our hearts and our behavior. These are issues that we may not be proud of but we have the choice to tell God we want to change and that we cannot do it on our own. Who wants to be envious of other people? To not be able to have good relationships because everyone is our competition? What a lonely life to lead. What about people with anger that leads to physical violence? A compulsion that leads to extreme financial debt? Gossiping about people continuously, spreading false information. The examples can be endless.
We have a redeemer in Jesus who gave his life for our sins. He graciously leads us out of the generational curses that loom in our family line. We need to intentionally give it to him, asking him to genuinely change our hearts and behavior. Hebrews 13:21
tells us that God will equip us for everything good to do his will. We should look up these scriptures and commit them to memory, and when the struggle comes, say them back to him, speaking his Word and reminding him that we know he is working in our life and will take these stumbling blocks away from us. His will is to take sin away, and he will do that. Speaking his word out loud will encourage our spirit and help strengthen us as we wait. So I encourage you to look at the following scriptures and commit them to memory speaking them out loud. This will help support and strengthen you as you walk with Christ.
Hebrews 13:21 ESV Equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
2 Peter 1:3 ESV / 25 helpful votes His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 24 helpful votes All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 23 helpful votes For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV / 22 helpful votes For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
1 Timothy 6:12 ESV / 21 helpful votes Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Hebrews 13:20-21 ESV / 17 helpful votes Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.