My life has been riddled with lies.
Lies about who I am. Lies about how I should be. Lies about where my worth rests.
Sometimes, I recognize these lies and attempt to stand against them. But more often than not, they permeate my every day and become a part of the beliefs about my own heart.
I’ve believed I’m not good enough because I’m not smart enough, strong enough or funny enough. I’ve believed I’m a failure when I’ve fallen short of expectation. I’ve spent my life striving endlessly to prove my worth in one area or the next.
What lies have seeped into your life?
In what areas are you striving to prove yourself?
When I reflect on these questions, I come face to face with the spiritual warfare in my life.
Satan knows exactly which areas of my life to press into to get me to find my worth in what I can do.
But in Ephesians 5:13, we are told, “All things become visible when exposed by the light.”
How do we fight these lies when our hearts are so caught up in them? How do we stand against Satan’s schemes when we struggle to believe the truth ourselves?
We must be prepared with the Word of God when Satan attempts to pull us away from our peace and joy in Christ.
When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, Satan tried to twist the Word and tempt Jesus to stray from God’s will. But Jesus knew the Scriptures well. He immediately responded, “For it is written…”
He knew the Scriptures. He’d prepared for a life of following God through trials and temptations.
When we struggle, we must know what the Word says about who we are and to whom we belong.
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When we suffer, we must know what the Scriptures say about the Lord’s unending love and mercy and how He is working all things for our good.
Take time each day to study Scripture. Memorize the verses that point toward some of your most trying temptations.
And be ready when Satan tempts you. Because he will tempt you. But with preparation, you can be ready to stand for Christ and find strength and power in the Word of God.
We must speak truth no matter how we are feeling.
I often read it and reflect on it, and yet I still feel unrest.
There is power in proclaiming the truth loudly and boldly.
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Find Scriptures that stand against the lies that you find yourself believing. Write it down, post it on your wall, memorize it and most all, proclaim it.
When I find myself believing that parts of my past define who I am, I call out the truth about it.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! -2 Corinthians 5:17
When I see my heart drifting toward proving my worth in my actions and measuring up with what I do for others, I proclaim what the Word of God says about me.
And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. -Romans 11:6
We have been given the word of God as a weapon against Satan. We have the power to stand against his schemes.
Satan’s work is real and active everyday and so we must boldly proclaim the truth.
When Satan tries to tell you who you are, remind him whose you are.
When Satan tries to tell you that you don’t belong, remind him to whom you belong.
Find the truths that you struggle to remember in times of discouragement and suffering and proclaim them.
Speak them loudly. Even if you struggle to believe them, as you speak them aloud, you will find your confidence grows.
I often find that when I’m struggling, my prayers grow weaker. I become afraid that maybe God won’t answer. I begin to question if it even matters.
But we are called to approach the throne of God with boldness.
Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. -Hebrews 4:16
Christ was tempted and tried and yet He boldly stood against Satan. He approached the Lord with confidence in God’s will.
I’ve struggled to reconcile the pain in my life and the fear that God won’t answer my prayers, but I’ve learned that although I may not understand, the Lord knows what I need and He supplies grace in my weakness.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. -Proverbs 3:5
No matter how you feel, the Lord is working in you and for you.
We must stand up for the truth in a world so filled with lies.
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We must study the Scriptures and be prepared to proclaim them when we are tested. Although we may struggle in this world, we have the hope and joy of heaven to look toward.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. -2 Corinthians 4:17
Proclaim the truth and in doing so, you will stand against Satan and bring the glory of God into your life.