It's my pleasure to introduce you to Crystal Twaddell as she shares 6 powerful ways to take a Stand Against Satan's lies. Her powerful story has led her to God's unending mercy and will bring you encouragement and strength!
It’s the same old script playing over and over in my head, like the ticker scrolling across the nightly news reel.
At least now, I’ve learned to recognize it, and I know where it originates. But I long for the day when the all-too-familiar pain that accompanies the lie dissipates as quickly as it enters my heart.
The memory erupted last week, spilling over all ugly and oozing the evidence of a soul infection I thought no longer existed. The kind that spits out so fast, you have to catch your breath and take a minute to process “why this, and why now?”
You see, for the past 6 months I’ve been in the fight of my life.
A spiritual fight to silence the lies once and for all.
The lies the enemy cunningly pierced my heart with in the midst of childhood pain and abuse.
And although I’ve dealt with so many and pushed through to the life-giving truth of who God says I am, some of them still lie dormant. Triggered by marriage trauma and pushed to the surface by the pain and lies thriving in the heart of another.
He doesn’t mean to hurt me. It’s not his goal to bring pain. But he does. Because his lies are just as real as mine.
And when they come together on the battlefield of shame and blame, the enemy wins in the midst of spewing the darkest lies to create the perfect, destructive storm.
The kind that makes two hearts wonder how they ever came together, what they ever saw in each other and how they’ll ever make it to another day let alone to “happily-ever-after.”
And that’s how the enemy wins…over and over and over again. One child, one marriage, one life at a time.
And I don’t know about you, but I’m tired. I’m tired of giving ear to the lies.
“You don’t matter.”
“You don’t have a voice.”
I’m tired of swallowing the dirty little secrets that keep me tied down and begging like a powerless victim.
“You’re too broken.”
“You don’t deserve this.”
“You’ll never be free.”
I’m tired of giving ground to the enemy of my soul instead of advancing in the power and strength of the One who created my soul for so much more than this.
And I’m learning some things along the way.
Some tools to take me further into grace. Some tactics to carry me deeper into forgiveness. Some skills to help me navigate away from defeat and into freedom.
I’m learning to give myself grace.
When the lies chastise me into believing I should be over this by now, I remind myself how far I’ve come and give myself permission to rest in the strength and sovereignty of the God who is not bound by time.
“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken.” Psalm 62:5-6
I’m channeling curiosity instead of blame and shame.
When the gavel of judgement pounds loud against my heart walls, I’m choosing to ask questions and open my eyes to a broader picture of the battlefield…beyond right and wrong. Beyond black and white, because the battle of lies cannot be won without resounding strength of mercy and forgiveness.
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32
I’m creating space for soul care.
When the lies entangle my heart in anxiety, fear and worry, I’m practicing stepping into the calm assurance that my God has me, and He will shield me under His protective wings. I’m giving myself permission to feel all that my soul needs to release. To make a way for healing and grace.
“So don’t worry because I am with you. Don’t be afraid because I am your God. I will make you strong and help you; I will support you with my right hand that saves you.” Isaiah 41:10
I’m becoming better acquainted with my battle armor.
When the arrows threaten to wound and cripple, I’m covering myself in the truth of God’s word and the strength of a righteousness not my own. I’m shoring up the weak places and learning to wield the sword through powerful and specific prayer.
“Put on God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil, you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing. So stand strong, with the belt of truth tied around your waist and the protection of right living on your chest.” Ephesians 6:13-14
I’m building a strong support system.
When the battle rages heavy and the tears run hot, I’m learning to reach out and ask for another to come alongside me and offer support, encouragement and prayer. Instead of isolating, I’m letting others do the very thing I offer them in their battles. The strength and companionship of the sisterhood of God.
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ephesians 4:12
I’m learning to surrender.
When everything within me grapples for answers and the instinct to control tugs tight, I’m choosing to let go and trust that God will not abandon me. He will not leave me wounded and bleeding out. He’ll pick me up, carry my burden and speak truth into each and every lie.
“As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.” Psalm 18:30
Crystal is an advocate of living outside of comfort zones as a means to unlocking hidden potential and experiencing God’s wild and uncontainable love. She writes on combining a little bit of intention with a lot of passion to create an overwhelming legacy of hope. She is the proud mother of a Professor of History, a Worship Pastor and a soon-to-be Biologist and also loves fresh markets, lattes and all things French.