Six lies from the enemy

Satan is really good at lying. It’s not just in his character, it IS his character. 

He has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. - John 8:44

It would be easy if he came out to attack us with pitchfork drawn and horns flashing but Satan doesn’t operate that way, and often, we never see him coming. Here are some of the enemy’s favorite lies and Scripture you can use to fight them:

1. You can’t trust God; you have to do things yourself.

When faced with a problem, is your first thought “How do I fix this?” or “Lord, I need Your help"? Satan loves it when our trust is in ourselves and not our Lord because if we truly believed in the might of God, we would be much more formidable opponents (Ephesians 6:10-12).

2. You can be passive about sin because it’s not that big of a deal.

It’s easy to forget that we are in a war and consequently be passive about the weapons of the enemy (sin) but you can bet that the enemy isn’t being passive about taking us down. We were called to freedom in the forgiveness of Christ, but we must fight to use that freedom for the glory of the Lord (Galatians 5:13).

3. Change is too hard, so just stay the same.

Following Jesus is all about taking next steps. If you don’t feel like God is teaching you something right now, then start asking Him for your next step. As Christians, we should always be growing and changing and learning more about our Lord because growing people change (Romans 11:33).

4. You have to earn grace.

Satan loves for us to be busy, and if we buy into the lie that we have to earn grace, we usually end up in a lifestyle of stress and business. If we are focused on earning what we’ve already been given, we won’t have time to focus on our relationship with Christ (Luke 10:38-42).

5. You don’t need to tithe.

The Bible is very clear that believers are to give 10 percent to the local church. God promises to show His faithfulness to us when we give. Putting Jesus first in your finances is one of the best ways to live out your faith (Malachi 3:10).

6. Your past defines you.

Our identity can cripple us or it can empower us. If you let your past circumstances define you, you are crippling yourself and allowing the enemy to strip you of the amazing things that God has planned for you. However, if you define yourself by the fact that Christ died for you and now lives in you (Galatians 2:20), then there is no end to the amazing things God can do through you!

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