Some snippets from a few conversations I have had the past week —
- “What’s the point?”
- “My life doesn’t make sense.”
- “I probably deserve this.”
- “I don’t know how I got here… I don’t know how to get out.”
- “Why me?”
- “I feel beat up.”
C.S. Lewis got it exactly right when he wrote, “If satan’s arsenal of weapons were restricted to a single one, it would be discouragement.”
Have you ever worked with someone whose attitude changed after giving his 2-week notice? His job performance slips… his attitude stinks… he does things against company policy… and he justifies it all by saying, “What are they going to do, fire me?” He’s got nothing to lose by acting like a complete jerk!
satan has already been “fired” — he knows he’s got a terrible end coming. And all he wants to do is make other people feel rotten… beat up… discouraged… defeated. He wants to take you down. He’s a jerk!
Did you know that the word devil means slanderer? By his very nature he only tells lies. Everything he says is intended to harm you. He slings mud at your character, tries to get you thinking you’re no good, turns your attention to anything that’s dark, picks on your faults, jumps on your weaknesses. Like a jerk he beats you up and beats you down until you start believing his lies.
He is a LIAR!
You are invaluable.
You are a masterpiece.
You are desperately loved by God.
You are integral to God’s plan.
I know you may want to ignore satan’s slandering, to tune out his lies, but can I suggest something else? Listen to them. Listen very carefully. If you are listening that closely, you will be able to identify the lies and then demolish them. satan is hoping you will simply accept what he’s saying without analyzing it.
Here’s the next step. After you’ve identified the lies, you have to speak the truth OUT LOUD that contradicts those lies. The Bible says that we defeat satan’s slander by the power of Jesus AND the true words from our mouth. If you’re not sure what biblical truth counteracts the lies that are discouraging you, email me or send me a friend request on Facebook and I’d be happy to help you.
You are so very valuable! There’s a bully who wants to intimidate you, but your Big Brother Jesus is ready to take care of him!