Have you heard the song “Beautiful” by Mercy Me? The words are very powerful. The entire song speaks of the destiny we’re created for and how we’ve believed the lies of the enemy instead of embracing God’s Truth about who we are.
Over and over they sing, “You were meant for so much more than all of this.” He then goes on to declare we are treasured, sacred and His. So why do we embrace what the enemy says about us instead of what God tells us in His Word?
The enemy has proven himself to be a liar throughout Scripture. In fact, John 8:44 Jesus is very clear about the devil: “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” If we know this is true, then why do we buy what he’s selling?
The devil traps us into believing him by leaving just enough of the truth in what he says that we don’t question it. It worked for him the first time he tried it with Eve, so he keeps using it and successfully so [Genesis 3:3-6]. What he says sounds familiar and because we haven’t been students of the Word, committing it to memory as we’re instructed to do, we can’t be sure if what he says is true or not [Deuteronomy 6:6-9].
How do we fight him when he doesn’t fight fair? Just like Jesus did. In Matthew 4:1-11 we read of Jesus being tempted by the devil. He had been isolated and fasted for forty days and nights, so He had to be weak. Three times the devil tried to sway Jesus to follow him and three times Jesus refuted Satan with the Word of God. Jesus didn’t whip out His Torah and look up the verses so He could quote them to Satan. He spoke them because He knew them. They were imbedded in His heart and mind and came forth easily. You and I can do the same, but it will require dedication and commitment on our part. We must spend time daily in the Word if we are to learn it and have it “on our heart” as it says in Deuteronomy 6:6.
Do you want to live to your God ordained potential and be all He created you to be? It won’t happen by accident. It will require great effort, but the reward will surpass anything you’ve ever hoped for or imagined. Why not start today?