Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7, ESV)
Pay attention to the enemy of your soul. He’s got something you need.
Following the car accident in February, I was laid up with leg, back, neck, and facial injuries. By March, I was restless. I couldn’t even get comfortable in bed. I was just plain stuck.
I told Tim, “This morning I didn’t want to get up. The pain is winning.” My head dropped to my chest.
But I listened for Jesus’ voice. I heard Him whisper, “Those thoughts are not yours. The enemy is in your head.”
How do we wage war? By listening to the enemy. Here are three reasons:
1.) The enemy will show you where on the battlefield to fight.
When we hear, “I’m not making any progress,” we need to look for growth.
When I said, “I’m not getting better,” I frowned at the bald-faced lie. “Hey,” I said, “No wonder I’m under attack. I’m about to improve!” Determined, I hobbled down the stairs and worked out on my exercise bike. I stretched my leg muscles and felt a surge of energy in my body. The next day, instead of two crutches, I was on one.
2. Like negatives from a camera, the enemy shows you the reverse of the truth.
Picture a series of photos being developed in a darkroom. What’s black turns white. What’s red becomes green. What’s yellow is soon purple. What’s blue will become orange. When the enemy shows us an image, we need to declare its precise opposite.
I caught myself saying, “I feel lonely and isolated.” But then I glanced at the stack of get-well-soon cards and meals friends had dropped off. “NO!” I said aloud. “I have lots of friends! And I am a good friend!”
I determined to write two letters each night, encouraging friends.
3.) The enemy unwittingly drops hints that point to our future.
When I looked in the mirror, I thought, “Look at the swelling over my eye. What a loser!”
But instead, I looked ahead to what God was shaping me to become. I said aloud, “I’m a winner! And so are my friends and family.” I doubled my words of encouragement to them. They told me they were uplifted and strengthened.
And now the enemy was no longer in my head. I grinned, leaned forward and asked, “What else have you got?”
He scowled and backed away. “Forget it.”
What lies from the enemy are pointing you to the Truth?