Unmasking Satan: The Father of Lies
The mind is the center of every human. It is what controls, directs, leads and misleads. Proverbs 4:23 warns us to guard our heart because out of it flows all things. Figuratively it means heart because people understand the heart to be the source of all emotion, but literally, it means mind because that is where every thought, word, and deed is first conceived before birthed into reality.
The devil, our adversary is also fully aware of this, maybe even more than some of us. As a result, he tries more than anything to attack the mind of a Christian because he knows that once that is broken, everything else follows and any human intervention to remedy the situation would most likely prove abortive.
As the Bible states, Satan is the father of lies and that is the most common way he attacks believers. It can be either through the lies he whispers into our minds, lies we hear from the mouths of others, or even lies that our circumstances tell. He can tell them so well and so frequently that they begin to sound like truth and slowly we begin to believe them. We then start to doubt God’s love and promises and eventually fall into despair.
Many times the devil attacks when he sees a vulnerability. In that small window of weakness, he sneaks in knowing our guards are down. We will always experience periods of weakness because we’re human and our flesh fails but thanks be to God, Jesus conquered the devil and consequently gave us the power to do so as well. The only way to battle a lie is to counter it with the truth and say it as many times as it requires for us to believe it and dispel the lies.
Here are some common lies and how to combat them with God’s truth
Common Lie #1
One of the most common lies of the enemy, especially when we fall into sin, is that since we have sinned yet again, we are a disappointment to God. With that, he tries to make us believe that we’re never going to overcome that vice and that we’re no longer loved by the father because of it. Some of us may look at this and think, “Nah, that’s an obvious lie and the devil can’t get me with that.” but when we find ourselves in these situations, it’s a different story.
Many of us struggle with sin and every now and then we may find ourselves giving into temptation. However, the constant truth is nothing, not even our fallen nature, can separate us from the love of God. He loved us whilst we were still sinners, why would He love us less because we fell while making a conscious efforts to choose Him over our flesh? The Holy Spirit brings conviction that leads to repentance but it is the devil who brings guilt and shame that leads to despair. Choose to let the Holy Spirit fill your mind and reject the lies of the devil which says you are not worthy of forgiveness.
Common Lie #2
A second common lie is that we are not good enough. At your job, school, or within your relationships, one thing goes ‘wrong’ and the devil doesn’t lose the opportunity to tell us that we’ve failed miserably. This not only discourages us from doing what God wants us to do, but it also creates room for jealousy, unhealthy competition, rivalry and inevitable division. Many cases of rivalry that exist in places of human interaction stem from the place of insecurity created by the lies of the devil.
One, You are exactly where God wants you to be at this moment. Two, His grace is sufficient for you and through Him, you can achieve anything. Three, He has blessed all of us with different gifts, none more important than the other and we need to work diligently as unto the lord on our parts, and appreciate that of others.
Common Lie #3
Thirdly, the devil wants to put lies in our minds about others. He does this to create a paranoia that leads to hostility and stops us from fulfilling the most important commandment which is to love others. He wants us angry and bitter while holding onto past sins. Through his lies he makes that person seem impossible to love and forgive so that state of anger and unforgiveness can create a rift between ourselves, our brothers and sisters, and God.
The truth is that we are all made in God’s image and likeness and the war is never with our brothers and sisters but with spiritual things in high places. Because of this, we’re not going to fight with worldly weapons of hate, hostility, and anger but with the word, love, and prayer.
We can probably list a myriad of lies the devil throws at us every day hoping to upset the spiritual atmosphere in our minds. Everyone’s experience is individual and he may attack us in different ways but the way we resist him is the same, to arm ourselves with the truth. The devil has already been defeated and he knows that- The question is, do you?
Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Ize Anumah is a twenty year old medical student from Nigeria. She loves to write and she cannot think of a better person to write about than Jesus! She is passionate about encouraging young women because she truly believes that a woman in Christ can change the world!
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