He is the ultimate deceiver. Although we don’t always immediately recognize him, we know him well don’t we? He wraps up a lie in a pretty little package with a bow on top and presents it to us with relish. He grins. You open it. Rather than the stunning gift you anticipated receiving you find more defeat, rejection, and hopelessness than ever. That little voice promised it would be different this time. You thought you were acting in faith after all. How can the enemy get to you, when you were acting in faith? The answer is simple. Satan loves nothing more than to use your own faith against you.
He’ll take precious verses God has graciously given us, and twist them up to be used to destroy you.
He did it to Jesus, and he’ll do it to you. With ferocious enjoyment.
“Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only. Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” (Matthew 4: 10-11)
Jesus was in the desert for 40 days and nights. Satan appeared to him 3 times and tempted him with the very scriptures He grew up reading and learning from. (Matthew 4:1-11)
How do you combat that? You’re doing all the right things, right? You go to church almost every Sunday. You serve at an outreach once a month. You even attend Sunday school and/or a small group every week. You pray. Then, at some unexpected moment, a non-believer asks you a tough question about your faith. You’re a little lost. You feel like you’re spiraling downward and there’s cotton in your mouth. Where are all the quips and quick answers you’ve memorized? You know a handful of scriptures, but to be honest, you don’t really put in the time to read your bible every day. Finally, you spout off a line about “just have faith.” The person walks away and you feel like you missed the mark. How do we escape that feeling of not knowing what to say? What can we do to feel more prepared?
We have to stay in the Word. Read it every day. I know it’s boring and hard to understand at times. Just try, it’ll get easier. Without reading the Word every day we are setting ourselves up for attack. When you know God’s truth, Satan’s lies don’t hold.
Satan loves to use our faith against us in private as well. He’ll take a verse you love (but have never really studied) and twist it to try to get you to be discriminating and prideful toward non-believers. He’ll use it to convince you to tithe your time, not your money. He’ll manipulate you into believing it’s not sexual impurity if it’s “just porn.” He’ll use those one line verses that we know, but don’t study, to pervert and contort God’s perfect love for us to where not only do we believe that God can’t possibly love us, He certainly doesn’t like or want us.
Anytime you hear those thoughts of negativity, hopelessness, and self-loathing. It’s the wrong voice. Start there. Tune that voice out. Pray right then and there. Shoot up a quick prayer and ask God to help you to not listen to that junk. Just say Jesus! If it’s shaming and condemning, it’s not from God. Shame off you, grace on you!
The sneakest lie Satan tells us is that not only are you worthless, so is your faith.
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