Category Archives: Satan’s Attacks
“let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water”. (Hebrews 10:22) NIV
Guilt is a powerfully destructive emotion. It is a sickness that creeps into the body’s crevices and rots it. Since it is such a powerful and destructive emotion, it is one of satan’s favorite toys to play with. He uses it to hold people captive and in-prisoned in a state of depression and unhappiness. He can torture and torment the mind and poke holes into hearts. He can poison self esteem and use it to make you feel unworthy and less than others. Continue reading
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1John 1:8) My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. (1John 2:1)
The scene passed before me like I was one of the cast in a scripted play. I walked away wondering what had just happened. Did I really just speak an untruth? Ok, go ahead, call it like it is, I told a lie. ugh……I hate that word and in the moments after it happened I hated myself.
I took a direct hit. Me 0 vs Satan 1. He was really beginning to rub it in. Condemnation, guilt, remorse, you name it, I was being assaulted by it. I sat down and immediately went to the Lord, asking for forgiveness, asking how did I let this happen? This is not me, this is not who I want to be, this is someone that is foreign to me. It happened so quickly that I didn’t even have a chance to think twice and decide not to, I just did it!!!!!
Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you. They said, “Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions; do not follow other gods to serve them. (Jeremiah 35:15 NIV)
The Miriam-Webster dictionary defines a habit as a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance; an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary; a manner of conducting oneself.
If we examine our lives, how many habits do we have? If you really think about it, it can become mind boggling. I guess, depending on how old you are, you have a lifetime of acquired habits that have been formed by conditioning. The condition of your childhood, the condition of your health, the condition of your socio-economic surroundings, the condition of your level of education, etc.. The things and people that are around us impact us. The repetitive things are the things that eventually become habits with us.
“In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame, deliver me in you righteousness. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue, be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.” (Psalm 31: 1-3)
You are there, I know you hear me. I know you answer prayers, you have taken care of me my whole life. My rock, my salvation, my countenance, my comfort, my peace, you are always there. I depend on you for everything. This is such a wonderful confidence. This is absolute truth and Satan turned it into a deceptive tool.
The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing (Psalm 23 NIV)
No matter how bleak things seem, how frightened or worried, or hopeless the enemy tries to paint a picture in your life, it is a lie.
Friends fall sick, family passes away, husbands or wives walk away from a marriage, jobs are lost, cancer enters your life, homes are lost, children go astray, cars fail. Any number of things can happen in the blink of an eye, when you least expect it and life is dealt a blow that will have some long-term implications. Believe it or not, it is not as important what happens as it is how you deal with it.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2) NIV
Do you have iniquities that have come between you and God? If you don’t know you may want to start with the definition of iniquity. It is a noun, meaning immoral or grossly unfair behavior. The Bible uses this word to indicate a level of disobedience to God which is categorized as sin.
Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars. (Proverbs 9:1)
Have you ever felt that you are being pulled into diferent directions at the same time? I have been living this way for the past few weeks feeling like I am on a roller coaster and God has given me insight into exactly what is happening.