John 10:10. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
How is that going for you? Are you taking hurtful things said about you and to you as truth, or are you seeing them as the lies, spewed from the pit of hell, that they truly are?
This is what Satan does. He doesn’t have to be creative. He knows how precious you are and he comes to steal that away, kill your confidence in Christ and destroy the very person you were created to be.
Satan doesn’t wait until you are an adult. This destruction often begins when you are a child. Satan uses the very people who are supposed to edify and protect you to destroy you. It can be a careless comment made out of frustration by a loved one. Unfortunately, that same person can say a million words of love and encouragement, but the words spoken that were hurtful are placed in the file of truth in your heart and mind. Those very words are the repeat button that has been pressed over and over. I am convinced that the only way to shut those words up are by allowing Jesus to literally come and shut that button off.
I have needed that healing. I know the authority I have, in Christ, to rebuke the lies of Satan. I know that God has loved me and cherished me from the beginning of time. I am his daughter. Yet, there are still words that haunt me. I will not rest until I am truly set free, but the fight to believe that I am who God says I am is a battle.
10 years ago, I was told that “I was useless.” That “I always had been.” The person who spoke this to me was an addict and not of sound mind. Do you think that mattered? Not at all. I was crushed. If I allow them to, the words can still rattle me. Why do we allow this? Why is it somehow easier to believe that the lies are truth?
When we allow the lies to be the fabric of our thinking, we miss out on being who God created us to be. We no longer have the confidence in Christ to step out and live a life in victory and to help others do the same. Satan’s plan all along.
If Satan can steal the very essence of who you are in Christ, then he can put you on a path of destruction. He takes you, carves out the truth and then you begin to fill that space with anyone and anything that temporally makes you feel whole again… or in the least, temporarily shuts the button off. I have filled this space with wrong thinking, bad relationships, self-pity and poor decisions. What are you filling your space with? What or who are you putting your hope in, to shut that voice of lies up? More of Satan’s plan. Do you see it? Satan knows the only answer is Christ. HE KNOWS. So, he is going to work very hard to make sure that you don’t know.
Freedom. The closer I get to Jesus the more I hear his voice of truth over the lies of Satan. Nothing else works. Jesus came so that we may have life, and have it to the full. That’s the life I want. Get out there. Find a church that teaches from God’s word. Join bible studies. Read your bible. Talk to other believers. Don’t let Satan win. He’s a liar.
Ephesians 6: 10-17 tells us:
Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all of this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take up the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God.
Would God give us instructions for battle if there wasn’t one? The closer you walk with Jesus and the more you are equipped with God’s word, the better prepared you are to dress for battle. To stand against the lies of the devil. To live a full life in Christ. Let’s do this and then, let’s teach others. I want to be part of the story of leading others to truth and watching them be set free from the lies and the life of destruction. What lies are you believing? What lies are stealing your life from you? Are you ready to be set free?