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Tug Of War

I grew up playing with my neighbors every day during the summer. One of our favorite games was tug of war. I have often heard people describe their battles with sin this way. It can feel like the devil is on one side and God is on the other, yanking us in different directions and fighting for control.

In Psalm 56, David shows us how he dealt with this feeling as he was pursued by his enemies. They twisted his words and slandered his name. They tried driving him into fear by distorting his perception of truth. As we try to break free from our addictions, the devil will subtly twist God’s truth to keep us enslaved to him. One of the devil’s most effective methods is to lead us to believe he has more power over us than he actually does.

God and the devil are not equal in power or authority. They are not in a horizontal tug of war fighting for power over you. There is a vertical hierarchy of power, and the devil is on the very bottom. Hebrews 2:8 tells us that God put everything under the authority of Jesus. That includes the devil. Believing this truth allows us to display confidence before God, like David when he said, “I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”


  • Are there any areas of your life where you have started believing the enemy has authority over you?
  • What are some ways you can see Jesus making you more like Him as you break free from your addictions?

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