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"The Devil is Real" Journey

Written with: DETERMINATION

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy
the devil. He prowls around like a roaring
lion, looking for someone to devour.
~ 1 Peter 5:8 NLT 


Many of us blame our circumstances, other people, and even ourselves for the negativity in our lives. We struggle with feelings of guilt, shame, inadequacy, loneliness, and rejection.   This gloomy reality takes over our everyday joy, and we feel powerless ― so powerless, we think there is no hope. And before we know it, depression has taken root.  At that moment, the mastermind behind it all smiles as he adds another win to his board and moves on to the next.

Looking at our situations and saying, “This is Satan’s work!” is not the first thought that comes to mind.  Why?  Because it’s so real, so up close and personal, we just can’t see it.  Only in hindsight do we completely grasp his handiwork ― his perfect plot to have us doubting ourselves and God.  And we tell ourselves that next time we will be prepared.   But you see, in order to prepare, we need a plan.  Let’s create ours now! 

~Learn about the Enemy~

Studying all the Devil’s traits, deceits, schemes, and motives, will help us recognize him at the onset.  It gives us a leveled playing field because he has already studied us.  He knows what makes us happy, sad, mad, and angry.  Why not know the same about him?  Take some time to read what the Bible says about the Devil, his personality, strengths, and weaknesses.  Here are just a few scriptures to help you get started:  

Personality

Father of Lies (liar) – “For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. 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” (John 8:44).

Tempter (one who tempts people to sin) – “And the tempter came and said to Him, ‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.’ ” (Matthew 4:3).

Accuser (one who condemns) – “Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, ‘It has come at last—salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ.  For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth—the one who accuses them before our God day and night’ ” (Revelation 12:10).

Strengths

Shrewd, Clever, Wise – “The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made.  One day he asked the woman, ‘Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?' ” (Genesis 3:1).

Great actor – “But I am not surprised!  Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).

Weaknesses

The Armor of God – “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).

Our Resistance – “Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

God’s Peace – “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.  May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you” (Romans 16:20).

Do you feel you are starting to know Satan personally? Good!  Now, it’s time to apply what you know about him and write out the specific areas in your life where he has been present.  Don’t feel bad if there are many.  Everyone has felt the “love.”  NO ONE is exempt. 

~Ways to Defeat Satan’s Lies~

The beauty of being a Christian is we get to reap the benefits of what our Lord and Savior has done.  You see, Jesus already defeated the Devil (Colossians 2:15), all we have to do is defeat his lies!  Think it’s easier said than done?  Let us show you how easy it can be. For every item listed in the previous section, research and write down what God has to say about it.  This way, when the situation comes up, you will have a scriptural reference as a reminder and an affirmation to go along with it. Remember, Satan is the Father of Lies while God is truth (Numbers 23:19).  Here is a proposed way to document this exercise. 

Satan's Lie:  

  • God is mad at me.  I will forever be condemned (guilty).  I cannot outrun my past.

God's Truth:

  • “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:17).
  • “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12).
  • “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither past nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

Tell Myself:

  • Devil you are a LIAR!!!  God is not in the condemning business. He builds, not tears down.  He is the light, not the darkness. God has forgiven me; therefore, I need to forgive myself. I will not focus on my past sins but will start building my relationship with Christ.

Satan tries to attack us on a daily basis.  He is strategic and deliberate but now, so are we. With our plan in hand, let’s see how far he gets this time.  BRING IT ON!!

In the comments below, share different ways you’ve defeated the Devil. 

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