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To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
I trust you, O my God.

No one who waits for you will ever be put to shame,
but all who are unfaithful will be put to shame.

Make your ways known to me, O Lord,
and teach me your paths.

Lead me in your truth and teach me
because you are God, my savior.
I wait all day long for you.

The Lord is good and decent.
That is why he teaches sinners the way they should live.
He leads humble people to do what is right,
and he teaches them his way.

— Psalm 25

Yes, you read that title right. Sometimes, we think and say trashy things about God. You might be thinking, “I get how you can talk trash about your flaws, and other people’s flaws, but how could you talk trash about God? He doesn’t have any flaws!” And you would be one hundred percent right. But no matter how great your walk with Jesus is, or how often you read your Bible, you’ve doubted God before. You’ve wondered if he’s real, or if he really loves you. You’ve thought about the possibility of God being mad at you, or questioned his goodness. If you’re asking these questions, it’s perfectly normal, but the enemy is really great at using those questions to turn us away from God.

Remember the most famous verse in the whole Bible: John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

God is not distant. God is not mad. He is not fake, and he most certainly doesn’t hate you. God is love, plain and simple. So stop letting the enemy speak lies into your heart about who God is, and start believing the fact that God loves you unconditionally.

If you still have it, go back to that list from day 11. Did you write down anything that might be considered a trashy thought about God? If so, its normal. If not, you probably just didn’t realize how normal it was and didn’t want to write it down. Today’s heart work challenge is simple. Write down as many good and amazing things about God that you can think of. Approach it with the idea of love at the center because God is love!

Write things like:

Because God loves me He ________.
Because God is good He _________.
Because God knows everything He can _____________________ my life.
Because God is honest, I can trust Him with __________________.

God, you gave me your only Son. Jesus gave me His life. So that I can trust that you are good and you have my back. Thank you for being who you are. Please help me take out the trash of bad thoughts toward you. Please help me believe in you when its hard to and not just when its easy. Strengthen me. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Adam Thacker

Adam is passionate about loving and pursuing Jesus, his wife Brandy, and impactful opportunities. From the fall of 2014 to the summer of 2016, Adam & Brandy led the student ministry at Relevant Church, as they learned and prepared to plant a church in their home city of Roanoke, Virginia, in 2017. Adam and Brandy have one son. They also love their dog, Jersey, craft coffee, and creative traveling.

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