Deception is Satan’s main motive in trying to accuse those who belong to the family of Christ. Satan takes no greater pleasure than when he whispers lies to us attempting to lead us to doubt ourselves, our calling, or our decisions. In John 8:44b (NLT) Jesus says of Satan, “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”.
Do you sometimes hear, “God did not call you to lead”? Or, perhaps, every door you try to step through for the work you have been chosen by God to do seems to close in your face. Maybe strife in your closest relationships keeps you focused on life’s problems. Are you feeling sad or discouraged? Lonely or afraid? I believe these are but a few of the ways Satan tries to deceive us.
Why does Satan try so hard to deceive us? The reality is he is already defeated. If you do not believe me, just read the book of Revelation and see exactly what Satan’s fate is. It is because Satan knows full well that he is defeated by Christ that he lies to us. He lies, hoping that we will believe him for even just a moment, so our work for the kingdom of God will be side tracked. It is Satan’s primary objective to keep us in chaos and confusion through his deceitful ways. But, Satan knows he cannot defeat the children of God; our victory is secure because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
The old testament book of Isaiah tells of our victory over Satan’s weak and pathetic attempts to deceive and discourage us. In chapter 54 verse 17 it states, “No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. THIS is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD. (emphasis mine)
Psalm 118:13-14 (AMP) also speaks of our triumph in the Lord; “You [my enemy] pushed me violently so that I was falling, But the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation”.
We have a decision. Whose voice will we listen to? Will we allow the father of lies to distract us or will we do as the Casting Crowns song says and “choose to listen to the Voice of Truth”? By getting into the Word of God and into prayer we can hear the Voice of Truth.
Satan is ALREADY defeated. I encourage you to waste no more time listening to his lies. God HAS called you for a very specific purpose. Listen for His voice. He will lead you, encourage you and show you His truth.
“Lord Jesus, thank You for the victory we have in You. Turn our ears to Your voice today and always. In Jesus’ Name we tell Satan that his lies are not welcome here and that NO weapon of his shall ever prosper against us because we are Your children and we have victory with you. Praise be to You, Lord Jesus. Use us daily for Your kingdom’s glory. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.”
Kami R. Lobner