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Catfished??…

Bible Reading: Genesis 2:15-18ESV & Genesis 3:1-6ESV

Gaslighted!! Catfished!! Oh my! Both these terms essentially mean the same thing.

Gaslight- to manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity.

Catfish- to lure (someone) into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona.

No one wants to be scammed. No one wants to lose out on a luxury, or have it swapped for something less glorious; however, it happens every day, and more easily since the invention of the internet. We have all been catfished or gaslighted at some point.

The thief is able to hone in on our insecurities, fears, desires, hopes, and dreams. This gives the thief a way into our minds. When we talk about how scared we are or how badly we desire something, eventually we will be met with the opportunity to overcome it or acquire it. The thief may use this tactic in order to coerce us out of our normal routines and onto his playing field. By manipulating us psychologically the thief will take away time. The time God desires us to have in order to fully develop a relationship with Him and to learn about ourselves. The thief will have us rushing to make decisions; not pausing to consult with the Holy Spirit. Genesis 3:6  **Do you want to get married, have a family, become rich…famous? Is your house big enough, your car new enough, does your body need an overhaul? **  These are just a few questions we will begin to ask ourselves constantly, letting go of our original God focus. It’s how we may be manipulated into doing unthinkable and questionable things. The false hope we are given drives our “new” focus making us willing participants in the insane confusion the Thief wants us in.

There was one rule in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:16-17 By obeying this rule everything would be kept in order. The thief sought to destroy this order. (CATFISH—–GASLIGHT)  The serpent disguised himself as a fictitious friend and had Eve question the sanity of God’s one rule and manipulated her desires by giving her false hope. Genesis 3:1-5. The serpent was a master manipulator; unfortunately, we have many “people” here on earth that do just that; they manipulate, befriend, and make us question our sanity. They believe they are working on their own behalf but in truth, they are just underlings fulfilling an evil agenda orchestrated by Satan. Ephesians 6:12

When we take control and give our minds over to God, He will help maneuver us through the schemes we may not be discerning enough to see at first. We are not to let one or even several catastrophic events land us in mental turmoil. By the grace of God we can see the Light and be redeemed…nursed back to mental and spiritual health. Of course, this takes time. When we get to the root of our problems or emotional triggers we can lift up our heads and say “not today Satan, I see your schemes coming and I am prepared!”

~Torrie

 

© Torrie Slaughter, Torrie Slaughter Photography, and http://www.ourgivenpurpose.com (Our Given Purpose trademark pending), 2018-2048. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Torrie Slaughter, Torrie Slaughter Photography, and http://www.ourgivenpurpose.com (Our Given Purpose) with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

A Balanced Purpose Part One

Social media may be the most dangerous weapon ever!  From across the nation, we can hurl insults, negativity, and bully people into rethinking their existence. Social media is LOUD!!!  People use it to spy on loved ones and take inaccurate stories touting them as facts to spread to everyone, the list goes on. However, there is a silver lining. People are able to unite with others, learn about different cultures, and become more empathetic humans. It’s great when we can balance all the benefits it offers especially for business, bloggers, and connecting with close friends. Our posture on social media should be a reflection of who we are in life. We are still being held accountable. God sees everything we do…..even on the internet, He is mindful of us.

Luke 1:6 KJV

Luke 1:7 KJV

Most of us react to what we see and hear. When we read a great story, see a heartfelt video, get good news we feel good, as though God is smiling down on us. But what if we were doing all the right things; being obedient servants but left feeling incomplete?… As though our lives were missing some key ingredient? I picture that is how Zacharias and Elisabeth felt. After all, they were two upstanding members of their community. Ministers. Married.  They served God wholeheartedly, followed His commandments, and were righteous examples to their fellow neighbors. Could you imagine what it would have been like for Zacharias and Elisabeth if social media had existed in their day? As it is now we see families that are struggling to have children, struggling with the children they have, or suffering from the loss one. Social media displays some of our greatest and saddest moments.  For Zacharias and Elisabeth, this would have been up close and very personal; the mocking and ridicule they would have endured could be the equivalent to the “what’s trending” feed on social media: Scandal in the Hill Country of Judea.  Everyone would stop talking each time they entered the room, whispers would be heard of “why did God abandon them”? and finally pity, because so much time had passed that the idea of their raising a family was laughable at best. Regardless, of the appearance of not having God’s favor, Zacharias and Elisabeth acted according to their faith and belief in Him. How awesome! As their story unfolds we find, that like us, they had doubts. Perhaps they had resigned themselves to not having a child because of their advanced age, but they continued to pray just in case. Their actions dictated their heart’s desire, God kept Zacharias and Elisabeth hopeful.

May the fruit of the Spirit keep us hopeful and our actions pleasing to God. We can know that God hears our prayers.

~Torrie

 

© Torrie Slaughter, Torrie Slaughter Photography, and http://www.ourgivenpurpose.com (Our Given Purpose trademark pending), 2018-2048. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Torrie Slaughter, Torrie Slaughter Photography, and http://www.ourgivenpurpose.com (Our Given Purpose) with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.