Satan wants to steal your VOICE.
Satan wants to steal your INFLUENCE.
Satan wants to steal your EFFECTIVENESS.
John 10:10 says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
God is true, not only in the sense of what is actual, reality, or fact; but also what is right and upright. God is the originator of all life. Not only does everything come from God, but everything finds its meaning, its purpose, and its life from God. In HIM we live, move and have our being. God is God, and He will not change; He cannot change. He is stedfast, faithful, always true to Himself.
What Satan wants to do is to twist people away from God and what is true, or right. It’s not just a separation; it’s a distortion. Think of God, standing upright. When someone chooses to pull away from the dependent relationship he or she originally had in God, there is bending and turning away from what is straight and upward. Sin is more than something that puts us at a distance from God; sin is something that warps our perception of what is true, what is just, what is right. We become deceived, contorted, and perverted from God’s original design. One word to describe someone in sin is wicked. The root word “wick” in Latin means “to twist” as a candle wick or a wicker basket. Sin is not just something that we’ve all done that makes us guilty and deserving of punishment; but sin is also a condition we were born into (Romans 5:12).
Satan is behind the lies, the deception, and the contortions of sin. Jesus called Satan, “The father of lies.” Imagine your good Father, who loves you, having an enemy that not only lies about you to your children, but is out to warp your perception of who He is and who you are. When God sent Jesus, He called Him the truth, the way, and the life. When God saves us, He not only redeems us from the punishment of eternal death and receiving new life (John 3:3; II Cor. 5:17); but God also begins a process of saving, or restoring us. He works to renew our thinking (Romans 12:1-2) and to cause us to live uprightly again. It’s not about rules, performance, or keeping God’s Law – it’s about coming “home” to God, being true to who He is and who He has created us to be. It’s about living the good life, God’s intended life for us in Him.
Paul said that Satan works to blind people’s minds (II Cor. 4:4). He works to deceive us from who God really is and who we really are. Satan started by asking Eve, “Has God really said not to eat from this tree?” Then He works to get Eve to believe the reason God would make such a rule is to manipulate her. Satan said, “God doesn’t want you to eat from this tree, because He knows that if you do, you’ll become equal with Him.” The Bible says that Eve was deceived. She believed that God was out to control her and Adam and that they could have a life outside of God. Satan worked to twist Eve away from her Father and her life. Eating a piece of fruit isn’t what allowed sin and death to have dominion; it’s the sin of self-sufficiency, choosing to twist and turn away from God to be independent of Him. It’s a lie. We cannot live apart from the Father of Life; it’s impossible. Life is who God is, not what He uses to control and punish us. Jesus had to die to get us that life back; again, not to get us to keep rules, but to invite us to willingly live in reliance on His love.
One way Satan continues to try to steal away our relationship with God is to warp our perception of God and of ourselves. Our faith is our trusted reliance on God. It’s more than believing God (demons do that, James 2:19); it’s surrendering to His love. If Satan can get us to doubt God, then He can get us to attempt to arrogantly try to stand on our own two feet, apart from a dependent faith in God. If we believe the lies, and if we take our own life by the reigns, Satan wins and we lose.
Satan also tries to distort the image we have of ourselves. He might lie to you or use others to lie to you. He might try to distort your ideas about yourself, or he could try to get others to falsely accuse you or try to misshape you. Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t let a fallen world tell you your value. Don’t let anyone, even the closest of family members or other Christians, manipulate you into believing a lie about yourself. Go to God. Believe what God says about you- about who you are, what you can do, and what you can have. Get in the spirit, stay in the spirit, through prayer and meditation in the Word. If you are surrounded by people who say otherwise, even if they are in authority over you, try to distance yourself. Even speak to yourself out loud, repeating what God says instead of letting an accusation stay stuck in your head. Say, “I am not who they say I am, I am who God says I am.” Don’t allow a lie to rent space in your head. When you speak the truth, you refuse to let lies occupy in your mind. If you do not have confidence about who you are based on your perception of yourself (it could be a warped idea of your past, your youth, your economic condition, your race, your gender, or whatever falsity that makes you feel “less than”), you are vulnerable to the enemy, especially if you are near to a person who is a dominator or predator.
Hebrews 10:35 says, “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.” Hold onto what the Bible says about God, no matter what you might experience. If you feel alone, the Bible says that God will never leave you or forsake you. If you sin, the Bible says that God is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you. If you fall short, the Bible says that God will supply all your need. Believe Him and choose to lean on Him. He will be your rock. He will be your fortress. He will be your God. He is Faithful and He is True. When you choose to believe and trust God, Satan is defeated. God wins and you win!