Believing The Right Thing: Replacing Satan's Lies With God's Truth
Growing up as a Christian, having accepted Christ at the age of 4, I was always conscious of Jesus in my life. During some really difficult times as a kid, pre-teen, and teenager, I had moments where I felt the presence of God acutely in my life. I felt so loved. But something happened as I got older. I began to believe that there was something I needed to do to earn my righteousness, to earn my place in heaven. I didn’t feel good enough for God’s love. I believed that God was angry with me when I sinned. I believed he was happy with me when I was serving Him well or going to church. Honestly, I was conflicted all the time in my walk with God, never feeling like I quite measured up to what he wanted me to be. My wrong belief that God was angry with me when I sinned, or that He was happy with me when I was doing good by my own righteous living, led me to walk away from Him during my college years. I felt burdened by my relationship with Him, so it was easier to not “deal with it”. Satan Deceives Believers Into Thinking They Aren't Saved All throughout college I felt the tug on my heart to come home to Him. I ignored it for the most part. Sometimes I would have good weeks or months where I would read my Bible often, but then Satan would whisper a lie in my ear that God wasn’t happy with me for not living for Him, and I believed that lie. Those lies got so bad that I would ask Jesus into my heart over and over, believing that I wasn’t saved. Let me tell you friend, if Satan whispers this to you, and you’ve accepted Christ already, THEN THIS IS A LIE! Do not fall for it like I did! Once you are saved, you are saved FOREVER! There is nothing you can do to lose your position in Christ. Once you are God’s you are God’s forever. John wrote in 1 John 5:13 (NKJV) – “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (emphasis mine) What does that say??? John says, so that you may KNOW! If we have believed in Jesus, then we are assured of our faith! But did you read the second part of that verse? It says, continue to believe in the name of the Son of God! That means, reject the lie that Satan brings to your mind, AND continue to believe in the saving name of Jesus. When Satan whispers into your ear, repeat this verse to yourself. Repeat it over and over. Then you will KNOW that you have eternal life. Satan Deceives Believers Into Thinking Following God Is Boring Following graduation, that tug for my heart turned into an earnest pull. The pull became so intense that I couldn’t sleep or eat without being conscious of God desiring my full surrender to Him. I resisted for about 2 months, and then finally hit my knees around 2am one night, and fully surrendered my life. I’m a pretty stubborn creature, haha. But I knew, that if I surrendered, there was no looking back. I was going to go all-in and live my life fully for God. Do you know why I resisted? Because Satan again came to me with lies, whispering things like: “following Jesus is a boring life, just look at all those boring Christians you know who don’t like to party.” Or, “God might ask you to go into missions…we both know you’re a hotel kinda girl…” Or, “You won’t be wealthy, popular, fun, (insert your own lie here)…” Here’s the thing, Satan wasn’t exactly wrong. He knew my trigger points. He knows that I’m not a camper, but a glamper. He knows I desire to be fun, wealthy, popular.
He knows what poisoned apples, that appear red and juicy, to dangle over my head. The Bible says he’s cunning (Genesis 3:1), and he uses crafty language to deceive us into believing that submitting our life to God’s will won’t be any fun. He uses deceptive language to whisper it into our ears, and we believe his lies. The lies compound, and we begin to live a life that slowly kills and destroys us. When we’re at a party with friends, he comes along with his snake-like voice and whispers “How about another beer? It will help you get over your ssssssocial anxiety, it will make you more fun. How about one more hit? It will help your relaxsssss.” And then the next day, I would wake up with a massive hangover and crippling regret. Do you know what Satan does then?? More lies. “You sssssay you’re a Christian, but look at what you did lasssst night!” How is that life any fun?? So, not only does Satan lie to us about how boring following God is, he then convinces us to live a "fun" life and when we are filled with regret over our choices, comes around and knocks us on the head again. He's so fun like that. Believer or non believer, Satan wants us to feel condemned for every single life choice we make. John 10:10
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Satan Deceives Believers About God's True Nature Do you know what Satan’s job is on earth? His number one priority? To bring as many people with him to hell. Yikes. But what about if you’re a believer? If you accept Christ, and his saving work on the cross, then his job is to deceive you, and render you useless to the kingdom of God. He does this by lying to you and to me about our position in Christ. He wants us to believe that we can lose our salvation. So, we spend hours or days or weeks or months, or even years! believing that we need to repent of our past sins, make amends, and re-accept Jesus into our hearts. But maybe you already know that? So, instead, he wants you believe that God is angry with you. He deceives you into believing that every time you sin, God is angry, and that you need to repent immediately. We start to believe that the veil between us and God, is still there. But God’s word says the veil is torn! (Matthew 27:51) There is NOTHING separating us from the love of God. But if we believe that He is angry with us, then we won’t come near to Him. We will be ashamed, and our pride will keep us from humbly accepting that Christ’s ONE sacrifice FOREVER forgives us of EVERY SINGLE THING we could ever do in this life. Let me tell you something, God will never, ever, be angry with you. Jesus stands in the gap of God and his righteous anger, and instead of receiving what we deserve for our sinful nature, we receive the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Christ. God will never, ever be angry with us again. When he sees you, when he sees me, he sees us clothed in white, with the righteousness of his Son Jesus surrounding us, and seated with Him in the heavenly places. So, What Are You Believing? Are you like me, listening to the lies of the enemy? I pray not! After I fully surrendered to the Lord, it took me awhile to realize that Satan was still lying to me. Just differently. And it took me 3 years of really hard work to repair the damage he had done to my mind and begin to believe RIGHT about who I am in Christ. God says I am righteous by the blood of His lamb (Romans 5:9). He says I am His beloved, that I am a saint (Romans 1:7). He says that I am holy and chosen by Him (Colossians 3:12). II Corinthians 10:4-5 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (emphasis mine) Satan doesn’t fight fairly, he fights dirty. He twists God’s Word and uses it against you.
He argues with you about who you are. So, beloved, FIGHT BACK! Satan wages war in your mind, and that’s the place that needs to come into obedience to Christ. How? By taking every thought captive. Whatever lies the Devil whispers to you, find a verse that counters it and memorize it.
Then when he comes to you, remind yourself of who you are in Christ. Remind yourself of what God’s Word says about you. Remind yourself that YOU ARE the beloved son or daughter of the Most High. You are righteous. You are altogether lovely. You are holy. You are chosen. You are sanctified. Not because of anything you did, but because Jesus took your place, took my place, at the cross and died for you, for me. Being obedient to Christ doesn’t mean you need to serve him or earn your righteousness in some way. It means we comply (agree) with the knowledge of what God’s word says about us. So, pick up the Word of God. Wage it against Satan when he comes near, and tell him, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.” When you are compelled to sin, say “I am the righteousness of God in Christ.” Keep on saying it. Even when you feel ashamed, say it. Use God’s Word to wage war against the arguments that Satan brings to your mind. Satan is a lawyer, he lies to you, then he argues with you or points a finger at what you're believing. Stop those lies in their tracks. Retrain your mind from believing an incorrect thought about yourself to believing what God says about who you are. It might take awhile. I don’t know about you, but it was YEARS of believing lies for me. It took a few years for me to fully believe the truth about who I am in Christ. But you know what? Praise the Lord God that now, my neurons fire correctly in my brain, and like John I can say “that I know I have eternal life, and I continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” Amen! So, what are you believing? Writing to you with joy, Jessica