BE SELF-CONTROLLED AND ALERT. YOUR ENEMY THE DEVIL PROWLS AROUND LIKE A ROARING LION LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO DEVOUR
(1 Peter 5:8).
Be reminded that you have an enemy—the father of lies. His weapon is deception—the practice of filling your mind with negative, destructive beliefs that are not true. This is the cause of your affliction. This is why you feel so abandoned, ashamed, rejected, and condemned.
Know that the father-of-lies always makes sure he stays hidden, while he lives in your childhood conclusions…your illogical interpretations…your perturbing perceptions. He hates the Truth and will try to keep it from you with every tool at his disposal, his favorite gimmick being…blaming others. This way, the focus is taken away from him, the cause of your affliction.
Nobody suspects him of the misinterpretations “I am a mistake…I don’t have what it takes…I am defenseless,” because he always makes sure the blame falls on someone or something else. “It is your mother who does not love you. It is your friend who does not care about you. It is your dad who thinks you are a failure.” Thus, while the father of lies remains hidden in our conclusions, he devours everybody with his deceit.
YOU WILL TREAD UPON THE LION AND THE COBRA; YOU WILL TRAMPLE THE GREAT LION AND THE SERPENT. ‘BECAUSE HE LOVES ME,’ SAYS THE LORD, ‘I WILL RESCUE HIM; I WILL PROTECT HIM, FOR HE ACKNOWLEDGES MY NAME’
(Psalm 91:13, 14).
Whom do YOU blame for your failures, your imperfect personality, and your feelings of shame, condemnation, and abandonment?
Accept that it is not what a person said or did to you that is causing your pain; it is what you came to believe about yourself. The father-of-lies lives in your conclusions.
Are you tired of being the victim of the father-of-lies? Do you desire a better life, filled with Peace, Love, and Joy? Then, stop living according to the conclusions in your mind. Instead, trample the great lion by EMBRACING these perturbing perception, EXPOSING them to the Lord Jesus, and allowing Him to EXCHANGE them for the Truth. Because you acknowledge His Name, He will rescue you from the father-of-lies. He will protect you from the roaring lion.
PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, help me to see the hidden enemy for who he is: the father-of-lies…the cunning serpent…the roaring lion. Remind me, daily, to stop blaming my family, my friends, and my enemies for the illogical interpretations that live in my mind, but instead, to trample the roaring lion with Your Truth. I love You, Perfect Father, I acknowledge Your Name, Lord Jesus, and I accept You, Holy Spirit of Truth. Be my God. Be my Savior. Be my Truth.
Maintain an Awareness
Sin is not something mysterious…something unexplainable…something that happens to you. Sin does not stand alone. It does not happen by itself. Sinful solutions have a source—the source of the OLD MAN.