Do you, like me, ever struggle with insecurities? Does that little voice in your head whisper negative thoughts and tell you what an imposter you are? Do you crucify yourself over little blunders, letting them beat you down? Well congratulations, you have gained the attention of the enemy! He sets his sights on God’s beloved, trying to render us ineffective, wasting our lives convinced we are worthless. His goals is to make our lives meaningless.
I often encourage someone who spends a lot of time living in the past, focused on what she coulda, woulda, shoulda done. She so misses what she used to be able to do, and is so frustrated with what she can no longer do, that she misses the abundance of opportunities surrounding her today. The ministry opportunities God uniquely equipped her with are wasting away as she wallows in negative self-absorption! The Devil just loves when he can distract us that way!
Do you, like me, ever struggle with insecurities? Does that little voice in your head whisper negative thoughts and tell you what an imposter you are? Do you crucify yourself over little blunders, letting them beat you down? Well congratulations, you too have gained the attention of the enemy! He delights in occupying the minds of God’s beloved, trying to render us ineffective, causing us to waste our lives convinced we are worthless failures. His goal is to make sure our lives don’t matter.
And when we err, Satan tries to make us too ashamed to pray, too full of guilt and regret. He hopes we’ll flounder, isolated in self-loathing, concealing rather than confessing our sin. He tries to make us feel hopeless, constrained and suppressed. But the truth is, in Christ we have God’s complete and unconditional grace. All we need to is ask for it.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2
At times of greatest despair, we need to do the exact opposite of what we feel like doing. We need to turn our hearts and minds to our God, confess our sin, receive his forgiveness and grace, allowing him to replace it with his righteousness.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
We fight daily a spiritual battle which Christ has already won. His is the victory! Through his death on the cross and resurrection, he conquered the forces of evil. He has provided us with the weapons with which to join him as victors – truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, the word of God, prayer, and alertness:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:10-18
Satan loves to tempt us in hopes of leading us away from righteousness and into the sin that draws us away from God. In conflict with God’s will for our lives, the enemy then has us where he wants us. Separation from our Almighty ally leaves us vulnerable. It weakens us and distracts us from God’s purposes and plans to use and prosper us. Be alert; recognize his schemes and don’t fall for them. When you find yourself off track, confess, repent, and move on. Do not look back! Know who it is that is accusing and condemning, then apply the weapons God has placed at your disposal and be the confident victor!