Hi lee. In response to one of the questions an anon asked you, how do you combat the stupid lies the enemy tries to tell you? I’ve been trying so hard to not believe the things that tell me i will never be good enough and i’m a total failure, etc. , but i still find myself being brought down. how do i make it stop?
So I Said:
This is such a great question, and I have to say, I love follow up questions, so always feel free to pushback and ask for more on any of the stuff you read on this blog.
I think there are probably a ton of different things we could say on the subject of discerning and resisting the attacks and lies of the enemy, but in my own life, the there is one thing that has helped me fight my spiritual battles more than anything else, and that is my friends.
One of the biggest problems about the devil’s lies and attacks is that he doesn’t announce his presence before he comes after you. You know what would be great? If it were like the action movies from the 70’s where the super villain tells the hero everything he’s about to do in great detail, giving the hero time to devise an escape. If Satan just told you he was about to lie to you about your self-image or wear you out with guilt and condemnation, you could simply suit up for that fight, but he’s subtle. The attack is sneaky, and so intermingled with your own doubts and fears that it’s almost impossible to distinguish between your own thoughts and the spiritual attack.
That’s why we need friends who love Jesus to love us. We need friends who are committed to being in our lives, knowing us well, praying for us and helping us by telling us the truth of God when we need to hear it. I can’t tell you the number of times I have gone to my friends completely discouraged and beaten down only to have them remind me again of who I am and how Jesus feels about me. They show me the lies I am believing, they give me the Scripture I need to remember in order to pull out of those dark moments and they encourage me in all that’s true and good.
The cool thing is that a few days later, one of those friends will be down, believing some messed up lie about themselves and I get to step in and encourage them with the truth. We need each other, and having wise and loving believers in my life who are devoted to loving me well has been the most important element in my own spiritual growth.
The truth about you is that you are not a failure. You don’t ever have to be good enough because Jesus declares you worthy of His love and His blood. You are His beloved and nothing will ever shake His outrageous opinion of you. Now, surround yourself with some folks who would jump at the chance to remind you of those truths any day, any time and you’re going to find that you love it more than anything. In order for it to really work, you have to be willing to be vulnerable, exposed and real, which is risky. But if you’re willing to face the risk, there’s nothing like the reward you’ll gain.
Don’t mistake the Truth from God’s Word for flattery or lies intended to make you feel good. Seek the Truth. =)