Do you believe our Father in Heaven wants to give you what is good in this life? Not "good" in terms of worldly things, but "good" in terms of peace and joy that runs deep within your heart. Do you believe you can go to God with confidence because of how much He cares for you?
"Remember that the evil one is the father of lies." If you're like me you can sometimes feel like you're not enough - you can sometimes feel like God doesn't care for you like the Bible says He does.
This is a lie from the father of lies. He strives to make you feel this way, to manipulate you and deceive you into believing God is not for you.
In fact, the father of lies did the same thing to Eve in the Garden when sin and death entered our world.
"Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” - Genesis 3:1
I want to focus on a few words. "Did God really say [that]?" I think we can sometimes miss how vitally important this is to understanding how satan can trick us into believing lies about ourselves.
"Did God really say [He loves you]?"
"Did God really say [He will protect you]?"
"Did God really say [He will never leave you]?
Similar thoughts have trickled once or twice (or a few thousand times) through my mind. Why? Because we have an enemy in this world who seeks to destroy us. And that enemy wants us to question everything God says about who we are.
So, we must properly prepare ourselves for battle. We must learn the enemy's tactics and build up a stronger arsenal - a stronger army.
How do we do that? We put on the full armor of God.
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." - Ephesians 6:10-12
Satan knows he has already lost the war. That's why he has to constantly tell us lies. Because in the truth he is powerless. In the truth Christ loves and adores us and has written our names in Heaven.
Know with full confidence today that no matter who you are, where you come from or what you've done, the Lord loves you, will protect you and never leave you. He is present and working through the trials and the triumphs in your life and mine.
As followers of Christ, we do not fight for victory. We fight from victory. Amen.
What is one lie the "father of lies" keeps telling you?
Identify a specific scripture you can combat this lie with. Write it on a sticky note and put it somewhere you will see it every day.
What are some truths God says about you in scripture? Meditate on these and find ways to preach them to yourself throughout the day.
What do you still need to learn about your enemy and how can you continue to build up your arsenal?
Scriptures for reflection: Ephesians 3:16-19; John 8:44; James 4:7-8