THE DEVIL’S SCHEMES CONTINUED

Last week I wrote about how the devil schemes against us through lies.  The lies are often distortions of the truth that plant an idea in our heads.  That idea can color every aspect of our life, and hinder us from experiencing healthy relationships.  Let me give a simple example:  “The reason you are treated this way is that you are not good enough.”  The situation you are facing may easily support the lie.  If you buy into the lie, and the subsequent reinforcement from the devil’s whispers, your entire life will now be tainted by the idea that you are not good enough.

 

Of course the lie can’t be true.  You exist therefore God planned for you to exist, and Jesus died on the cross for you.  You are good enough!  But if you believe you are not good enough, it is hard to change your mind.  The devil is winning in your life.  The damage has been done, and you need healing.  Only Jesus can heal this distortion and bring you to new life.  Only Jesus restores our souls.

In the armor analogy found in Ephesians chapter 6, the only offensive part is the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.  The word of God tells us that God loves us.  Use this fact against the lies of the enemy.  Trust in God, and the shield of faith will extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Once you receive healing from Jesus put on the “Full Armor of God”.

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