Lies – a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood. To speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive.
Today is one of those days where I sit here crying over the words I am writing, feeling attacked and defeated – and yet so thankful that I have created a space for myself where I can put these lies and words into the Light. A space I created because the devil loves to keep me silent. A space where I refuse to let the devil keep me silent. Praise Jesus.
The biggest lies we experience come from our own minds. And because of that, we become our own worst enemy, and the most destructive person in our own life.
Since the devil loves silence, what better way to keep us silent than to overtake our thoughts with lies, untruths, shame, guilt, worry, anxiety… all inside our own minds where they can’t escape or be heard by anyone other than ourselves.
I have recently been in a season where those lies are overtaking my mind. Lies that I am not good enough. I am unworthy. I don’t deserve good things. I deserve to live in angst, worry, anxiety, self-doubt. And that any good gift that might be given to me, isn’t actually mine from the Lord. It’s someone else’s gift, because I couldn’t possibly be worthy of such a beautiful and good thing.
These lies have been consuming me, beating me down, and paralyzing me.
I am not used to being so attacked by my own mind. Yes, I’ve experienced lies from the devil before, but never like this. Where they are gentle whispers, not loud shouts. Where they come in soft blows, repeatedly throughout the day, so that they sneak in when I might not notice.
I recognize that they’re lies, but what armor do I have against them?
The Book of Truth.
My last post I talked about how we need to create a space for the Lord at the start of our day. To be rejuvenated, reenergized, and filled with Him. To go forth through our day with Him and for Him.
But last night I was challenged in that thought, and was reminded that if I don’t take that space and use it for LEARNING, I stop GROWING. When I stop learning about God’s character, my weapons against the devil diminish. They become softened and weakened because I am not constantly sharpening them with the Word of Truth.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
So last night I started re-reading the beginning of Mark, and was reminded that impure spirits… demons …flee at the presence of Jesus.
[Mark 1:25-27 & 34; 3:11]
“Be quiet! – said Jesus sternly [to the impure spirits] – Come out of him!”
The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.
“He even gives order to impure spirits and they obey him!”
He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who He was.
Whenever the impure spirits saw Him, they fell down before Him and cried out – You are the Son of God!”
Demons obey Jesus.
Demons flee from Jesus.
Demons are silent in Jesus’ presence.
Demons fall down before Jesus and declare who He is.
Jesus has command over demons.
Jesus causes demons to flee.
Jesus silences demon.
Jesus causes demons to fall before Him and declare who He is.
Now put “lies” where “demons” was.
Jesus has command over lies
Jesus causes lies to flee.
Jesus silences lies.
Jesus causes lies to fall before Him and declare who He is.
How powerful is that?
Jesus takes the words that consume us and beat us down, and He commands that they flee from us and be silenced. And in the absence of those lies, He can change those lies to be new words that declare Truth of who He is.
But first we need to call on Him. Make Him the center of our day. Sharpen our weapons with His Word and learn about the declarations of His character. And when the time comes when the lies attack, call out, “Adonai!” And He will fight for us.
Father, I am believing so many lies.
Please, please hear the cry of my heart and battle these battles for me.
I am weak, where you are strong.
I am lost, where you are found
I am hurt and crying, where you are secure and steadfast.
Hear the cry of my heart and rescue me, Father.
I need your wisdom.
I need your comfort.
I need your armor.
I need your protection.
I need your leadership.
I need you.