Key Verse to Read and Treasure
I did this so that Satan would not win anything from us, because we know very well what Satan’s plans are. (2 Corinthians 2:11, NCV)
The Bible is not devil or evil focused, but it instructs us to be devil and evil aware. We are not to consume ourselves with the study of darkness, with focusing on the devil’s personality or darkness to the point of distracting us from the study of light or take our eyes off heaven and the Godhead but we are to have an awareness of the devil’s realness and power. God supplies ample information and ways to be aware through his Word.
One of the devil’s tactics is to use fear to gain a hold over us. He cannot cut us off from God—he does not possess that kind of power—but he can tempt, trick and trap us to enter into agreement with him. He is extremely sneaky and clever, and unless we learn how to apply the promises and truth of God we will fall into his traps.
Jesus said Satan is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). His lies can have no power over us unless we allow them to. The devil has no real power over us until we buy into what he tells us. Once we believe the lie, we empower the liar, and one of the biggest lies he pulls out of his arsenal and bag of tricks is that we need to fear. He wants us to believe that fear is a natural response to the unknown. A natural response to trouble. A natural response to sickness, death of a loved one, and change. He wants us to believe the fear we experience is innocent and a totally acceptable way to life. While fear may be a natural response to these situations it is not the place we are to take up residence and as quickly as we fear we are to turn to God where our peace and assurance comes.
I’ve often shared how I was ruled by fear as a child. Fear would keep me awake at night when everyone else was asleep. Most of my grade school pictures showed dark circles under my eyes because I lacked the rest I needed. Fear controlled me until my grandmother explained the presence of Jesus and shared many of his promises with me. Learning Jesus was my protector and never left me. That he was my guardian and comforter helped me release my fear. Every promise of God I believed helped take the devil’s power away. Once his stronghold was broken I was free to enjoy a full night’s sleep. Free to enjoy a sleepover at a friend’s house. Free to close my eyes at night without trembling in fear.
Life in Jesus empowers us to take back our power the devil has stolen. Jesus invites us to lay our fears next to heaven’s promises—not one fear can hold up next to the light of heaven or the promises of God. The devil speaks lies to keep hold down, but our God speaks promises to lift us up, and Jesus abides in us to give us power to release fear.
Jesus, I will not let the devil continue to steal from me. I won’t allow him to take my power or control me. I will not live my life full of fear, but I will trust in you. Amen
Do I fear needlessly? Am I trusting in the promises of God to care and provide for me? Has the devil trapped me into believing he has power or that fear is an acceptable way to live?
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