1The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say …?”Genesis 3:1
9This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.Revelation 12:9
44. . . He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me!John 8:44-45
Some days I hear voices in my head. Don’t be concerned! It isn’t the type of voices that require medication or counseling to resolve.
Sometimes, it is my voice. A little self-talk now and then is necessary to keep myself from getting off track. I also find it necessary, at times, to silence the other voice in my head.
This second voice is one I don’t like. His voice is always accusing, intimidating, discouraging, shaming, blaming . . . you know the one. Too often I listen because I have listened in the past and what he says sounds true to my natural ears. It might be an echo of something someone has said to me in formative years. It might be a taunt about something I am doing or attempting to undertake. But mostly it is accusing.
I read the other day that the enemy, Satan, the serpent — whatever is your preferred designation for him — is lying to me when he speaks. If I hear the whisper, “You can’t do that. No one will follow your lead!” He is lying which means I absolutely should do it and people will follow.
If I hear the taunt that I am broken beyond repair, I can know that is a lie and there is hope for me and wholeness is possible.
If he says I am good for nothing and I might as well take that next drink, do the drugs or look for fulfillment in pornography or sexual fantasy — that is a lie and there is a better road.
As I have considered the taunts and lies I hear, I remind myself that the natural thing to do is believe him. That is what Jesus said to the people who were so accustomed to listening to the lies of the devil. He said, “So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me!” (Because you are naturally believing the enemy!)
That is sobering to me. Why do I find it so easy to believe the lies of the devil who is only interested in my destruction and turn away from the truth of Jesus who wants my freedom?
If you take nothing else from this today, hear me on this point — the devil is lying to you. He doesn’t want you to prosper in any way. He wants you to flounder in shame and accusation and be too intimidated to step out in the life God has for you.
There is a way to overcome the enemy! Scripture says in Revelation 12:11 “they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony.” It is by standing firm in the truth that Jesus shed his blood to set you free and speaking out that truth! I believe this song might just help us all make that proclamation on this day!
If Rap is more your style, then give this song a try! Whatever you do, run this truth through your mind on repeat: NOT TODAY SATAN!