Satan has a way of discouraging us. It seems to happen when we are in the process of drawing closer to God. Sometimes the devil discourages us by using other “Christians” to accuse us of not being a real Christian. I had this type of encounter recently and it bothered me. I had to think about what would make someone say such a thing when it is not true. I came across several Scripture verses that seemed to give me the answer.
In John 8:44 it says, “…He [the devil] was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (NIV).
Ephesians 6:11-12 reminds us that the devil schemes against us, “…For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (NIV).
So the bottom line is that Satan wants to destroy Christians (John 10:10), and he tells us lies to discourage us. I went to sleep thinking about this false accusation and my first thought this morning was about this accusation. I think it is time that I stop letting lies distract me from thinking about God. It is Sunday morning and it’s time to “put on the full armor of God” and also to “take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one” (Eph 6:10, 16).
Thank you, God, for your Words of encouragement!