Choices

Doubts, shame, guilt, and feelings of inadequacy creep into our minds daily. Well, at least into mine. The enemy is relentless in his attempts to distract us from keeping our eyes on what God has for us. This is a fact. However, we often give the enemy way too much credit for his actions. We think of the enemy as a powerful being, forgetting that we end up doing most of the damage ourselves.

Sure, he will lay a trap to ensnare us, but all he can do is suggest something. He cannot make it happen. He weaves a web that we all too willingly walk into, then spend all of our time fighting to break free – while we actually entangle ourselves more – until we are so exhausted that we forget that he isn’t as powerful as we think. We don’t see that we are the ones doing the damage based on suggestions.

Think about it…. If the enemy was so powerful, why would he have to flee at the whisper of one word: Jesus?

Sure. That enemy jerk seems all big and bad, but really he is a coward. He is no match for the Lord. What’s even more important is that he knows he isn’t that powerful! Yeah, he’s full of himself, deceitful, cunning, calculating, but powerful? Ummmm. Nope. Survey says: #theenemyisaloser.

True power comes from Heaven, not from Hell. Jesus is THE way. THE truth. THE life. He is perfect. The enemy is an overly stimulated, spoiled toddler all jacked up on sugary candy after missing naptime, who is still up after night-night time: annoying, destructive, divisive, rude.

So how do we fight back? How do we overcome darkness? By focusing on truth. When we call on the Lord, He steps in. He saves us from the enemy. He saves us from ourselves. When we bring Jesus into the fight, the enemy runs off. Tail between his legs kind of running off. Cowardly fleeing.

It’s not that he doesn’t stick around; it’s that he cannot stick around. He’s no match for our Savior. Satan knows this, but he counts on us not remembering that fact. He hopes that we continue working ourselves deeper into the traps he has laid, but he cannot actually do anything to us. It’s all up to us to do damage. And – yikes – we take that assignment seriously.

We choose to listen to lies spoken over us. We choose to relive our past mistakes. We choose to live in shame. We choose to live in isolation. We choose to question why God would choose us for anything. We choose to give up and live in complacency, delaying – or even forfeiting – our purpose. The power of the enemy comes from our willingness to believe the enemy’s lies.

When the enemy lays that next trap, speak truth and call on the name that sends that little weasel scurrying like a cockroach when light appears (which is pretty much what he is, among other things). Praise God during the hard times. Right there in the midst of the “stuff”, while you’re still tangled up in all of the lies, doubt, shame, and inadequacy. Even when it seems like everything is falling apart around you. Even when it seems hopeless. Praise, praise, praise! Embrace light and turn from the darkness that threatens souls.

Dear friends, remember whose you are. You belong to the King of Kings, the Alpha and the Omega, the Lord of Lords. Matchless. Timeless. Relentless. He’s standing with you, even when you don’t feel Him, but He won’t step in until you ask Him because we were created to have free choice: the choice to believe the only thing the enemy can speak (lies), or the choice to believe the only thing God can speak (truth). The choice to live in fear and shame, or the choice to embrace the freedom that comes from the truth.

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“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
Luke 10:19 NIV

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV

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