The schemes of the devil

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!

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Stay focused

Has anyone ever tried to paint you in a bad light? Has anyone ever said things about you that were not true? When this happened to me all I wanted to do was shout my innocence to the world— to prove to people that the person who said this about me was wrong.  Then I thought to myself, ‘if they believed that about me then they really don’t know me, so why am I trying so hard to prove my innocence to them?’

Proverbs 4:25-27 says, “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path.  Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.”

I have come to realize that I can’t please everyone— there will always be someone who doesn’t like me. I can’t worry about that… I can’t get distracted in worrying about what people think about me. My main concern should be in trying to please God.

So don’t worry about what people are saying about you—stay focused on God!

Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti