Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. I Peter 5:8
Has there ever been a time in your life when hard work and dedication paid off, improving difficult circumstances in a powerful way? Perhaps you felt like you “made it” – got the promotion you wanted, the house, the car, the relationship. All was going well. Maybe too well, because a sudden shift in surface tripped you up. Without warning, there you were, flat on your face, picking up the pieces of a job loss, home foreclosure, car repossession, or broken relationship. How did I get here?, you ask.
Sometimes I forget just how fragile we are. We desperately need Jesus day in and day out because Satan is on the prowl 24-7. He stands in the shadows, waiting for the right time to strike. He sees the fatigue lead to irritability. The worry lead to anxiety. The doubt lead to fear. And as we go about life on our own, thinking we’ve “made it”, we give him a foothold.
Recently, God has been healing many years of depression and negative self-talk within me. I’ve come a long way, but I remain far from where I would like to be. The deeply threaded pathways of insecure thoughts are still there, despite my best efforts to develop new ways of thinking. It doesn’t take much to head back down those old roads and I find myself questioning how I got there – again.
But, dwelling on a painful past prevents a hopeful future by keeping us locked in destructive habits we feel helpless to break free from. Thankfully, God gives us the tools to combat the original liar, Satan, the author of all unfavorable things.
John 8:44 says, “He [Satan] was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Satan has always been and will always be a liar. Therefore, it is imperative we keep an alert, sober mind, readying ourselves for his attack. He will always contradict the truth of God’s Word. Memorizing scripture strengthens our ability to decifer and refute Satan’s lies.
When Satan shames me, God says, “therefore, now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
When Satan tells me I’m unlovable, God says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
When Satan calls me worthless, God says, “I will take great delight in you; in my love I will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17).
It truly is a battle and Satan is relentless. If you feel constantly attacked by him, have faith in the power of God to overcome through scripture. Meditate on the truth. Refuse to entertain negative thoughts. Let the transformation begin.
Lord, some days are harder than others. I grow weary from the fight, but know that You have an endless supply of energy available for my taking. Teach me to tap into the supernatural strength of the Holy Spirit which brings victory over Satan. May Your voice be the loudest one I hear. Amen