Life is hard enough without ole evil guy getting in our way and making it harder. I've been doing a lot of soul searching of late, and a lot of work to combat the evil lies that satan has told me over the years...Things like..."You have to be perfect", "You make bad decisions", "You are not smart", "You are alone"...Those lies came in the form of events that occurred to me that I have talked about in this blog, and things I was told by various people in my life...all lies. For God made me and I am His and He would not tell me these things because He loves me and wants my good. Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose" That is a promise...and God does not, can not lie. Titus 1:2 "a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time" and Hebrews 6:18 "God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged." We CAN believe in God, He is our father, He loves us, He works for our good, and He does not lie. WOW! Great things to hold on to as we fight this life of lies and deceit.
WHY does all this go on? It's satan who wanders this earth looking for who he will devour. I Peter 5:8 " Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." He blew it and he is eternally damned and he wants to take everyone he can with him. That is his nature.
In order to do this he MUST be deceitful...he MUST lie and make us believe his lies...and in order to do that he has to be crafty and creative and it has to be believable...so he works in the lives of others who walk with him...he chips away at us day after day with whispers of lies and all manner of things to make us believe them so we will give up and destroy ourselves. It is a scary thing.
BUT we have armor you know...Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." we have but to tell him to get away and he will flee...THAT is another promise from God...that is our defense! James 4:7 "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
We have all been chipped away at. We've all been told lies in our lives. For me the process was to go to each significant event in my life and pray that God help me to see what satan was trying to lie to me about and help me replace it with His truth about me. It was a tough process...and I'm sure I'll revisit things from time to time as some new thing pops up, but I'll never allow myself to encapsulate all those lies together again without fighting against the devil and believing that God loves me and is always THERE!
There IS NO life sentence unless I allow it. There is only freedom! Galatians 5:1 "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand FIRM, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery".
Find that way that works for you to disavow the lies you've believed and find that freedom that is there for each one if we just live for Christ!!