“Stay alert! Watch out for the great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
That devil…oh, he is a sly one. Just as God knows our strengths and weaknesses, the devil does as well. He seeks us when we are at our most vulnerable, telling us we are unworthy, not beautiful, not good enough, not smart enough. On and on. Convincing us to believe his lies. He also seeks us and finds us at those times when we are strong, and he tries as he might to give us any reason to deny God’s goodness and work in our lives. The devil tells us all sorts of lies.
Those lies are one of the reasons I keep filling my closet with clothes. To cover up all the negative things that Satan wants to keep telling me. To cover up all the things I don’t want others to see.
“We were made for more than this. More than this failure. More than this cycle. We were made for victory.” Lysa TerKeurst, Made to Crave
Victory is possible by believing the truth God reveals about ourselves. His truth will devour the devil and his endless prowling every time.
Satan wants us to remember the sins and failures of our past. He wants us to keep living with regret, shame, and defeat. However, God says in Isaiah 43:19: I am about to do something new. Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
When Satan says, “You are all alone. No one understands you,” God says, I will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
When Satan says, “You are too fat, too thin, too short, too tall, too this, too that,” God says, You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
When Satan says, “You are not worthy! No one would ever love you!” God says, I have loved you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3)
Satan tells us we have nothing of worth to say, that no one is listening to us, or can hear us. God says, I have heard you from my sanctuary; your cry has reached my ears. (Psalm 18:6)
Satan lies to us, tells us “You are weak. You are not strong enough to handle this.” God says, You can do all things through my strength. (Philippians 4:13)
Satan nags us. He says, “Your a bad mom, dad, grandparent, friend; but God says, It’s alright if you got angry, if you gave your child candy before dinner, because “the godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again” (Proverbs 24:16)
Satan whispers, “No one will help you, not even God! But God says, Look up at the mountains, and see that your help comes from me, the maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)
And then the devil tries one last time. Once again he says, “Face it! It’s too hard! Just give up now! God gently reminds us, Continue to fight the good fight, you will finish the race if you have faith (2 Timothy 4:7)
The devil has never whispered anything of worth to me, or anyone else! I have a weapon against his constant badgering. A weapon to defeat him and his nonsense. It’s the Bible. The Word of God. The message that tells me I am worthy. I am strong. I am a good parent. And I am never alone! The one who tells me I am a chosen child of His. A chosen child of God.