Satan is the master of lies. I have heard this most of my life, but recently I have noticed how his lies are affecting me, my family, and some of my friends. I find myself believing that I don’t have anything of value to add to this world. All I do is repeat what I have learned from others. And what is the point of working hard for your goals, if I’ll just get sick again before I see the benefit.
But those lies are ridiculous. God has enabled me to add value. It doesn’t matter that all I do is repeat what others have taught me, some people will listen to me (and not the people who taught me). And I am beginning to believe that Jon Acuff was onto something when he described identifying talent in his book Start. He wrote, “The talent we have the hardest time recognizing is our own. As author Derek Sivers says, the way you look at the world is ‘obvious to you’ but often ‘amazing to others.’ You can’t see it because you have seen it for years, if not your whole life. But for other people? Your awesome is fresh and new and worthy of being shared. Don’t feel ready to guide? That’s okay; nobody does. Guide anyways” (page 205). The alternative of not striving to my goal of helping others is quitting, and I know I won’t make a difference then. And God will use me, and it doesn’t matter if I see the results.
Even when I know my fears are ridiculous, it is easy to let them overwhelm me. I don’t want to be like Asa, King of Judah, who acted foolishly and didn’t receive the strength of God, because he was not fully committed to God. I do believe that what Hanani told Asa is still true: “… the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His…” (2 Ch. 16:9 NASB).
Many of us want the strength of Jesus, but our heart can’t be completely His, if we don’t know Him. We cannot combat the lies of Satan without the truth of God. I was recently challenged to write down my internal dialog (my thoughts), identify Satan’s lies, and combat them with the truth of Scripture. When I did that, several things surprised me. One, there are more lies in my thoughts than I realized. Two, those lies seemed more ridiculous when I could see them. Three, the truth of God’s word is really empowering.
I challenge you to do them same. Allow the truth of God to make you stronger. If this activity changes your thoughts, I love to hear about how it helped you in the comment section below. If it is too private, you could email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.