“For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great,
And, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.”
From “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” by Martin Luther
And with the thinking, I have realized something: sometimes the lies of the enemy are more deeply-rooted than that. Sometimes it’s hard to tell where they end and we begin. Like weeds, they choke out life. Sometimes they even masquerade as good.
Over the past year, I have been fighting lies that have bound me for—oh, my goodness, years.
They started out as my own explanations for the past.
They might like you if you weren’t so quiet.
Don’t let any flaws show; people will think you’re too much work if you don’t look perfect.
You don’t fit the “Christian” mold. You’re out-of-place at [church/Christian college/etc.].
However, the armor I built for myself became my stronghold. These lies were so grafted into my spiritual DNA that I didn’t recognize them as such. Not, that is, until I got a gulp of clean air.
In John 8, Jesus said the following of the devil:
“When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44b, NIV).
The devil is fluent in his native tongue. He knows how to twist things to his own advantage, to cripple us, or perhaps to blind us with pride wearing the mask of humility.
How has the devil deceived you?
The lies I believed caused me to live in fear. They disregarded the truth and robbed me of my trust in God. They made me angry and bitter.
Right now, God is working on the messy process of removing the lies. And it hurts! But mixed in with the pain are moments where I get a breath of fresh air:
It’s okay that I’m quiet, because that’s how God designed me.
God loves me despite my imperfections. Acknowledging my weakness is being honest about my need for Him.
Church people are broken just like me. My job isn’t to change that but to love them with Christ’s love.
The first step to being free from the lies is recognizing how the devil has messed with our minds. In my next post, I will talk about some warning signs of these deep-rooted lies.
In the meantime, take stock of how you see yourself. Notice the things you do—or don’t do, in all spiritual weathers. Compare your opinions of yourself with God’s truth. And above all, pray and trust your Father.