“He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
—John 8:44 (NIV)
I know of at least one fallen angel who won’t be happy about this post. He’s already told me I don’t know what I’m talking about; I have nothing new to say; I am not qualified to speak on this subject, and no one cares anyway.
Yes, it’s him again. The old enemy of our souls. The father of lies and the enemy of God’s people—Satan.
He never lets up, especially when we try to be active for change. He uses his time-tested tricks to try and bring us down or simply to silence us.
And I’ve got to hand it to him. He’s been doing a good job on me lately. I have been very silent for months, seeming to operate in a fog of confusion, and that right there, my friends, is a sign: it’s him!
The Bible teaches that our God is not a God of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). He is a God of peace and order. We are also told to test the spirits (1John 4:1) to discern if what we are hearing is from God or from Satan and his minions. Knowing the difference gives us ammunition to fight our spiritual battles. By understanding who he is and what his schemes are, we can gain clarity to be victorious.
One trick he employs is to mix fact and error. This makes the lie harder to detect. For instance with what he’s been telling me, such as I’m not qualified to speak on this subject, well, he’s kind of right. I’m not a biblical scholar. But I am qualified to speak from my own experience with the Holy Spirit as my guide. And take it as that: one believer’s experience shared to help others. Could it be flawed? Yep, but that is not a reason to shut down communications altogether.
Encouragement from other believers and from God’s Word is spiritual food. Necessary spiritual food. Remember Jesus’ perfect response when He encountered Satan in the wilderness?
“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God ” (Matthew 4:4).
God’s Word encouraged Jesus and silenced Satan. A fine example for us.
Here is another tactic of the devil. He strikes when we are down, physically or emotionally. So beware the circumstances!
If you are feeling tired or stressed because of life situations, that’s often when he moves in with his lies. He knows if he can get in your head, then your heart and actions are not far behind. Because what we think affects how we feel. How we feel affects how we act.
As a means of combating lies in my head, I’ve been writing out prayers based on Scripture. Or turning Scriptures into prayers. This has a two-fold benefit. One, I am internalizing God’s Word by writing it out. And two, I am praying in a biblical manner. It’s an excellent way to talk to God, especially if you sometimes feel stumped, as I do.
As always, knowing God’s Word is the key. We are blessed we live in a land where we are still free to study and spread God’s Word. My prayer is that people will do just that and not let the fog of the enemy overtake them.