Beware the Liar’s Whispers
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
So, you’re going through your day, working diligently and accomplishing good things. You have a major project or presentation and all goes well. You come home and in the evening as you review the day in your mind before you know it you’re thinking about all the things that went wrong or were planned but didn’t happen as you had hoped. But overall it was a good day.
Then out of nowhere you find yourself thinking negative thoughts and feeling down and defeated, as though you failed to live up to your high expectations or worse that you are a failure or disappointment to God and not worthy of the good things people have said to you. And on it goes until you are deep in despair or depression.
Now this is nothing new. It is a common tactic of the enemy to lie, to deceive and distort the truth. He comes to us at times of vulnerability because of physical or mental weariness and whispers thoughts in our ears, so to speak, that can cause us to question ourselves in ways that God never intended for us to do. If we don’t arrest those thoughts quickly they can lead to all kinds of debilitating imaginations.
All the lies of the enemy are intended to bring us down, cause us to doubt God and generally convince us that we are defeated so we will ultimately think we might as well give up and die.
“Liar, liar pants on fire!”
We don’t have to accept his whispers of criticism, of false accusation and corrupted judgments directed toward us, or anything that we do. He has no standing against us ever!!!
He is a liar. His minions and those who traffic in his ways are his children and they have no relationship with our Father, the God of all Creation and Truth.
Jesus identified the Liar and his followers for who they truly are.
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44
Jesus did not stutter or hedge when He spoke. He was bold and forthright in speaking the truth. So, when the enemy whispers destructive criticism, false accusation and unrighteous judgments in your ears you can counter his attack and put down his every attempt with the declaration of the Word of God concerning you.
No! Devil you are a liar. My Father is God and in Him I am more than abundantly supplied. [James 4:7]
In Him I am more than a conqueror. [Romans 8:37]
In Him all the works of my hands prosper. [Deuteronomy 28:12; 30:9]
In Him all my needs are met. I will not go down to defeat and I will not be left with inadequate resources, depleted strength, or insufficient wisdom and understanding. I have the mind of Christ and I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. [1 Corinthians 2:16]
My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. [Philippians 4:19]
God is making me the head and not the tail and He is placing me above only and not beneath. [Deuteronomy 28:13]
No weapon that is formed against me shall prosper and every tongue that arises against me in judgment I will condemn because this is my heritage as a servant of the Lord. [Isaiah 54:17]
I am more than abundantly supplied for every good work. [2 Corinthians 9:8]
In God’s economy He equips us to be liberal and generous in our giving to the needs of others [2 Corinthians 9:6] so that when we are in need their abundance may be a resource for us, that we may be a mutual blessing of grace to one another because it is God Who supplies us all.
And this is not communism or socialism that seeks to vest the authority of the masses of people into the hands of a few, to surrender all their possessions to the State, that is to a few in power—for them to distribute or not distribute back to them as they see fit.
“For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality…” 2 Corinthians 8:13-14
It is that equality of faith, of love, of compassion and caring for one another as members of one body in Christ that motivates us to liberality and caring for those who are poor and needy and particularly to those who proclaim the gospel.
“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.” 1 Timothy 5:17
This is one means, I believe, that God put in place to counter the efforts of the enemy who seeks especially to condemn those who are called to and do proclaim and teach the Word of truth.
“NOT MANY [of you] should become teachers (self-constituted censors and reprovers of others), my brethren, for you know that we [teachers] will be judged by a higher standard and with greater severity [than other people; thus we assume the greater accountability and the more condemnation].” James 3:1
God will hold us accountable for what we teach but the devil will also try to use every occasion he can to stop us from preaching and teaching the Gospel through criticism, complaint, cynicism, negativism, pessimism and condemnation.
But hear the Good News.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1
God does not judge and condemn us for our works of ministry, whether we succeed or fail in our own eyes. He will never condemn us. The only one who would try to condemn us is the one whose kingdom we are coming against by our message. So, we don’t listen to him. We resist him and he will flee from us.
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7