If you think back to your childhood you can probably remember a specific time or ten when you lied to your mom or dad. On a scorchingly hot summer day when I was six or so, I decided to venture into the crawl space of our old house to see if it was cooler in there. I opened the short, thick door and crept in. Mounds of dirt, cement walls and a variety of creepy crawlies surrounded me. This, combined with the fact that it really wasn’t that much cooler in there, prompted me to get the heck outta dodge. But I didn’t close the door on my way out. Later that evening my dad asked me if I had been in the crawl space because he noticed that the door was open. “Nope.” I lied. Bold-faced, blatantly lied. “Wasn’t me.” Eventually he got the truth out of me and I was punished accordingly. I learned my lesson.
We have an adversary. A brutal, ruthless enemy. Satan is the father of lies and he doesn’t learn lessons. He just keeps lying, time after time after time. Shooting fiery arrows at you and me every chance he gets. He wants to destroy us. And when we have sinned and when we have a past that we cannot overcome, the gap is wide and he comes in and makes himself right at home. And the lies continue. We feel beaten down. We struggle terribly to feel God’s presence, even if we’re reading His Word and seeking him daily.
He wants to silence your story. He wants to obliterate your testimony. What exactly is a testimony?
Your testimony is the spoken or written word of the evidence of God in your life.
Don’t. Believe. The lies.
My friend, if Jesus is your Savior, let him take you from the darkness of your past into the light of your present and future. God’s truth always triumphs over Satan’s lies!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
The book of Revelation is filled with symbolism and can be difficult to understand. The following passage – Revelation 12:7-11 – however, has clear meaning.
Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
They triumphed over him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony…”
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony!
THAT is the power to which we have access. The blood that spilled from Jesus’ body on the cross was rich with victory over Satan and his lies!
Whatever your past, whatever your sins, however much you feel like you fall short, let it go. Be done with it.
You can’t overcome on your own.
You can’t overcome by yourself.
You can’t overcome in your own strength.
Jesus is the One to get your over it. If you have asked for His forgiveness you are FREE! Free to fling off the chains of depression and doubt and hopelessness! We are in an invisible war with an invisible enemy, so we depend on the invisible Holy Spirit. He is right there. Waiting for you to sink into His healing embrace.
This morning I attended a Bible study where several women who had been paralyzed with fear, stuck in addiction, surrounded by depression, drowning in hopelessness stood with banners that proclaimed their freedom in HIM!
He is in the business of setting us free. I’m going to keep praying that He will set me free from fear and anxiety. What do you want Him to set you free from? He can and will do it!