I have a great friend in my life that always reminds me...I need a lot of reminding at times...that satan is a liar! All the time, he is constantly working on us. Just trying to get into our heads. Ruin our day if at all possible. Last Monday God did something in my life that for me was a miracle. Set me free from some old stuff that I was letting hang around. The next day, Tuesday, was an exceptional day. Then Wednesday came...
At 5:45 in the morning I got in my car to go to work and satan tried to ruin my day. For some reason I had this funny feeling...hair standing up on your neck kind of feeling. So, I turned around to look in the back of my car. It's an SUV so there is a lot of room in the back. Immediately it was as if this voice in my mind said...It's me. Right away I recognized the voice in my thoughts. It was one I used to listen too all the time. But as quick as I did I said out loud...Jesus is with me. Then continued to say...I am a child of God and I am covered by the blood of Jesus and you...satan...can't hurt me. Then I backed out of the garage and started on my way to work...continuing to pray and thank God for all He has done in my life. It was a good day. The lie didn't take root in my life. Then Thursday came...
On my way home from work I was sitting at a stoplight when the thought came to me...Remember the hand on your chest...it was mine. Remember when you had terrible nightmares and you would wake up with someone shaking your leg? Remember when you would have to sleep with the light on because you were so afraid? Yes...I did remember. I didn't know then who it was but I do now. Satan the liar who lives in the dark! Hadn't thought about it in a while but, I did remember. Then my thoughts were good. Do you remember when you came to Me and I took all of that stuff away? Remember when you gave your life to Me and the nightmares stopped? Yes...I remember! I am with you now and you have no reason to fear! You have nothing to be afraid of because I will always be with you!
The most amazing thing happened when I gave my heart to Jesus. He took all of that away. There were times when I slipped back a little...listened to the lies from satan...and had to sleep with my light on again. But not anymore. You see, every time the Lord delivers you from something the liar...satan...is going to do everything he can to try to ruin it. The stuff that used to fill you with fear...cause you to doubt...take away your joy...the liar will use those things again. Why? Why not...they always worked before. You have to set your mind and your heart on things above and not listen to him! Don't believe the lies and tricks. You have got to keep your mind continuously thinking about things of God and heaven not things of this world. You have got to live out your new identity, empowered by the Holy Spirit. Stand up to satan and all of his schemes and let him know that he is not welcome where you are.
The same way that God set me free from nightmares...He set me free from thinking I needed to feed an old addiction. Once He sets you free it is your own self that takes you back there. The liar satan will try to get you to go back but you have the power to not go there. Just immediately thank God for what He has done in your life and tell satan to get away from you. You belong to God...you are a child of the King!
Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
When satan starts putting these thoughts in your mind what do you have to remember? To call on the Lord. He is always with us. He is our help when we get in trouble.
Psalm 46:1God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
Psalm 91:15When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
While I was writing this Psalm 23:4 came to mind. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: For You are with me!! YES!!! The LORD is with me every step of every day!
I have nothing to fear from the liar!
1 The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD