Let’s start this post with some truth shall we? The truth is SATAN IS A LIAR! Not only is he a liar, but he’s the best at it, the father of deception, and he makes no apologies for it. His mission is to lie, cheat, deceive, in every way he can all the days of his existence, and none of us are immune from it. Satan has been a liar from the very beginning of time, always has been, always will be.
1Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. 8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” 12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” 13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:1-13 NKJV
If Adam and Eve, who knew no sin weren’t immune from Satan’s lies, what makes us think that we are? Often I forget exactly how cunning he is, and often I believe his lies.
3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3 NKJV
Satan lies to me the most about love. He tells me that I’m unloved, uncared for, forgotten, unworthy, a nobody, unloving, and alone. He reminds me of the people who have walked out of my life but were people who shouldn’t have. He tells me no one cares what struggles I’m going through or where I’ve been. He tells me I have nothing to offer. He tells me that my best efforts aren’t enough. He tells me that people are tired of me. He tells me that I’m alone in my trials and often that leaves me feeling extremely low. Why does he lie to me about those things? Because those are the lies that shake me. He doesn’t attempt to lie to me about things that are easily identified as lies, he lies to me about the things I’m most insecure about. When he tells me that I’m unloved or forgotten it always comes with an example so that it’s more believable. “Remember that person that should care about you, that one friend? They haven’t asked how you’re doing in a really long time. As a matter of fact they don’t even want to know. Remember that person that’s part of your family? They’ve said some really ugly things about you behind your back. Remember that person you loved so much, that one who completely walked away from you? Remember that one time you tried and you failed? You just don’t quite measure up. You’re worthless and you mean nothing to anyone.” Sounds like crazy talk when you know that it’s lies but when the lies start as small whispers here and there it becomes harder and harder to separate the truth.
I’ve bought into those lies a lot lately because they’ve been laced with the truth. There are people that have been uncaring. There are people that have said some extremely hurtful things recently. There are people who have walked away. There are many times I’ve tried and I’ve failed but that doesn’t mean I’m worthless. That doesn’t mean I’m unloved or forgotten entirely but he lies in a way to make me feel like it. Just the other day he was shredding my heart bit by bit with his lies and I was letting it destroy me. Thankfully God stepped in. Satan was saying “no one cares what you’ve been through…” God said “Really Rosalynn? No one? What about the hospital room that was so full of people that some had to sit on the floor and others spilled out into the hallway because there was no more room for people. What about the friend that held your hand in the emergency room as you were screaming in pain? What about the friend that got word of your accident and got to the hospital at the same time as the ambulance? What about your husband, he didn’t sleep for a week and wouldn’t leave your side. What about the people that cared for your children? What about the people that prayed over you? What about the people you don’t even know that brought food to your husband in the hospital? What about the 8 weeks of meals provided when you got home? What about the women who helped clean your home and take you to your many doctors appointments? What about the cards from complete strangers? WHAT ABOUT ME? Really? No one?” How did a handful of uncaring people and one lie make me forget about all of that?”
I’m learning that when I leave it up to people to fill my cup and find my value in this world, I’m left empty and broken. There’s only One who can fulfil my hearts desires, reassure me of my value, and that is God.
What are Satan’s favorite lies to tell you? Maybe he attacks your appearance “you’re bigger than your friend, you’ve got more wrinkles, you’ve got some scars, your hair is graying” etc. Maybe he attacks your marriage “you fight more than others, you’re going through a hard spot and things will never get better…” maybe he attacks you as a parent “your strong-willed or rebellious child just shows how you’re failing as a mom…” Maybe he attacks you for being single “there must be something wrong with you, everyone else has someone and you’re just alone.” Maybe he attacks you because of your income, or your home, your career or your unemployment. Maybe you don’t struggle with insecurities like I do, maybe it’s actually the opposite. Maybe Satan has you putting yourself on such a high pedestal you don’t see your need for God. You’ve got it all figured out, you’re not as bad off as so-and-so, you’ve come a long way, you’re good. There’s something he’s lying to you about and the only cure for that is the truth.
Where do we find truth? We ask God for it.
When the lies are taking over, and often before I realize that’s what they are I pray “God, my heart is running wild. I feel insecure for these reasons and I need your help.” He’s quick in reminding me of the truth. Another way I am able to settle my weary heart is to confide in someone close to me when the lies are running rampant. Sometimes just sharing the internal chaos with a trusted source that will point you back to God, and speak His truth back to you, is what you need to get you back on track. When my crazy is showing, I usually talk to my husband about it and he carries me back to the foot of the cross over and over again. Maybe you have a relative, close friend, co-worker, or mentor that will listen, but remind you of Gods truth. Talk to them when the lies are taking over. God can use them and have them help you through it too.
Satan’s favorite lies will never compare to God’s unchanging truth.
In His Love,