This post is for Christ-followers.
If you are not one, it will sound like foolishness.
If you are one, it should sound like hope.
Here are the lies that the enemy of our souls wants us to believe right now:
We are helpless in the face of this virus, economic uncertainty and world events.
And we are hopeless because we are helpless.
Utter, complete, ridiculous lies.
Believer, there are TWO worlds.
In this physical one that we experience with our five senses, we are stuck.
Stuck at home.
Stuck with all kinds of precautions, rules and fears.
Stuck with unknowns like when, and why and how.
And the enemy wants you to be stuck.
To shut down.
To be depressed or sad or angry or self-focused or fear-focused or overwhelmed.
He wants you to not only experience those feelings – which are real and valid.
He wants you to live in them.
Wallow in them.
And operate out of them.
Because if he can shut you down and trap you in your feelings, then he can shut down the battle you are called to fight.
He can turn you from the warrior you are to the weakling he wants you to be.
He can convince you that you do not have the victory, even though you do!
So he will feed the negative emotions as long as you allow him to do so.
He wants to feed your fears in this world.
He wants you to believe that you can do nothing.
That you are a victim of your circumstances.
Or he is trying to tell you that you can do everything.
That you can control the outcomes.
Both of those are lies.
Because if he can shut you down in the physical world, then you are no threat to him in the spiritual.
He has to work that way – through deception.
Because HE HAS NO POWER OVER YOU.
He is defeated.
He is weak.
The God who lives in you is GREATER.
You have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead living in you!
That means the only power the enemy holds in your life is the power you give him.
The only places he is allowed are the places you let him in.
The only control he has is what you hand over to him.
So he uses the only weapon he has against you: lies.
He works hard to feed the lies.
Keep you centered on how you feel.
Feed the fears.
Feed the deceptions.
Because if the enemy can get you to believe the lies, then you are defeated.
Not because you are – but because you think you are.
You believe you are.
So he focuses your eyes on the fears.
You have always been helpless!
You have always been unable!
You have always been insufficient to meet your needs!
You have always been helpless!
Which is a GLORIOUS truth!!!
Because there is a second world.
The REAL world.
The eternal one.
And in that world, Jesus says, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing” while at the same time he says, “in Me, you can do everything I have called you to do!”
You ARE helpless – but He is your help in time of need.
You ARE weak – but in your weakness, He is strong.
You ARE powerless – but He is the Almighty.
You ARE falling to pieces – but He is the glue that holds the universe together.
You ARE broken – but He is the one who restores.
You ARE walking through fire and flood – but He is the one who walks with you through it.
So I say, please, please live in the REAL world.
Set your eyes, your heart, your mind on the spiritual world.
Because here is the truth that the enemy does NOT want you to know, believe and operate in:
In the REAL world, you have ALREADY been given everything you need for life and godliness.
In that world, Satan’s head has been crushed by the cross and the empty tomb.
In that world, you are clothed in righteousness, in pure white garments.
In that world, you are outfitted with strong armor and powerful weapons.
In that world, you are ALREADY the victor!
Because the tomb is ALREADY empty!
The debt is ALREADY paid!
So are you helpless and hopeless?
You are a warrior!
Called to fight in this battle for souls.
Called to fight the fear, discouragement, hopelessness, and despair.
Called to use the weapons of our warfare.
To take every thought captive to Christ.
To seek the face of the Living God.
To fall on your knees in prayer.
And to lift high your hands in praise.
To sharpen your sword by spending time in the Word.
To use this time to be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
To share the Good News with a lost and dying world instead of filling your time with the bad news in the media.
To lift up those around you with encouraging words and the hope that you have.
To set your eyes on things above, on the truth that this world is not all there is, that this is just a blip on the screen of time and eternity.
To walk in LIVING HOPE.
What does that look like practically?
For me, it means turning on the praise music more often than the news.
It means reaching out with encouragement in every way I know how through every avenue I have.
It means listening to uplifting podcasts.
Reading encouraging things.
Praying for whoever crosses my mind when they cross my mind.
Rehearsing truth over and over again in my mind.
And when fears creep in, telling them that my God is greater.
Taking walks with God.
Being still and listening to His voice.
Writing encouraging stuff down.
And seeking His face.
Looking for ways to serve.
Including serving by obeying the government God has established.
Starting each day with, “God, I have very little to do today in the physical world. But You have a good plan for my day. So guide my steps and guard my thoughts as only You can. Use me today.”
And remembering that prayer is not the last resort but the first line of offense.
Please, please, brothers and sisters in the Lord: don’t waste this opportunity to engage in battle. The enemy intends this time for evil. But God is using it for good. He is calling you to be a part of the victory!
Will you do battle in His name, one day at a time, one event at a time, one disappointment at a time? Or will you lay down, defeated?
Will you live in fear or in victory? Will you live in complaining or in praise? Will you battle people or will you battle the real enemy? Will you come out of this better in the Lord or bitter in your spirit?
These are moment by moment choices. And ones that only you can decide.
A P.S. I usually include the references for each truth from Scripture in the piece. But this time, they are here so you can really chew on them if you want to do so:
- Called to battle, the armor we have: Ephesians 6
- Unable to do anything without Christ, all things in Christ: John 15, Philippians 4
- Same power at work in you that raised Jesus from the dead: Ephesians 1, Romans 8
- Being transformed by the renewing of your mind: Romans 12
- Help in time of need: Hebrews 4
- Walking with you through fire and flood: Isaiah 43
- Setting your mind on things above: Colossians 3
- Taking every thought captive to Christ: 2 Corinthians 10
- When you are weak, He is strong: 2 Corinthians 12
- He is the glue that holds all things: Colossians 1
- You are broken but He restores: 2 Corinthians 4
- Given all you need for life and godliness already: 2 Peter 1
- Praise as a weapon: Psalm 8
- Obeying government: Romans 13