Response to the post below regarding self doubt and faith. . .
I can well relate your words in many ways. Just having a true faith which is far different than the word alone requires a constant self examination and walk with God through seeking Him as silver and searching for Him as hid treasure. Proverbs chapter two.
Satan hates people of God, therefore the majority he has captured and they don’t even know it. The Holy Bible is a Book of Instruction that in truth very few follow. God says one thing yet man teaches another. . . . and what’s so sad is that people believe people rather than our creator even though God warns of deception and the spirit of error. 1 John 4:1, 6
When one mentions obsessive-compulsive disorder or anything whatsoever of the mind it is just the natural man without God’s True Spirit being left open for the prince and power of the air to stuff full of whatever he desires with your mind being taken from God as his personal reward that he thrives on. After all, he is the father of lies.
We all have had some forms of life past that have left their marks upon us and along with that current thoughts and actions that just don’t seem right. So the result is irritation, guilt, bitterness, self questioning, pointing and judging and in many ways just everything that is the opposite of what God wants.
However, God makes a way for all things. The only way to become closer to God is through intimacy. Our first direction is to follow His directions rather than the directions of man.
So what is one to do?First is to examine yourself while asking our Father to show you what He sees. The second is to set your affections on things above, not on the things of the earth. Colossians 3:2
It is when you do that and continue that God will begin placing His truths within your heart that will overcome your improper thoughts of the mind that Satan will always do his best to feed darkness, and that my friend is where the importance of God’s armor written in Ephesians 6 must come into our lives and remain while always being securely fastened and in place at all times. . . . Because all that Satan needs is to just get his foot into your mind and negative thoughts with self doubt will begin to over come light with darkness;
And once deception starts one can never tell another that they have been deceived because Satan is a professional, therefore very good at what he does, and just as God has said: He has deceived the whole world. . . .But never try to tell brethren that because they will only label you as un-balanced.