The enemy attacks us with lies to degrade and discourage us. He attempts to bring us to a place of despair and tells us God has forsaken and abandoned us in that place. The enemy seeks to steal our joy, to rob us of our kingdom inheritance, and to make our life as empty and miserable as possible. This devotional will teach us to overcome the lies of the enemy.
- John 8:44
IDENTIFY THE SOURCE OF LIES
Jesus told the Pharisees, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44)
The devil is the enemy of our souls. Any words which are in opposition to what God has said is a lie from him. Fear, insecurity, anxiety, depression, and hopelessness are fruits of his lies. His attacks on God’s people have escalated as the end of time rapidly approaches. The devil knows his time is short. He knows he can’t win, so he is not pulling any punches or playing by the rules. The enemy is doing the only thing he can, and that is to lie . . . about everything.
QUESTION: What has the devil said to you that has challenged you or hindered your progress in life?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me to identify and reject the lies the devil has spoken over my life from birth to this present time. Teach me to pull up the lies that have taken root in my life and to cast down those which the devil will speak against me in the future.
- John 10
- John 10:10
RECOGNIZE THE REASONS FOR THE DEVIL’S LIES
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 KJV
The enemy of our soul seeks to rob us of our inheritance in Christ. His lies are meant to devastate our lives and destroy our faith in God. The devil attempts to derail us by intimidation, seduction and deception. When faced with fear, temptation and uncertainty, remember the devil’s purpose is to defraud you of abundance in your natural life and eternal rest in Christ. Continue to follow the voice of God and to stand in the truth of His Word.
“And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” (John 10:4-5)
QUESTION: Do you know the difference between the voice of God and the voice of the enemy?
PRAYER: Help me to immediately recognize the lies of the devil. May I have the strength to overcome the lies of the enemy and remain steadfast in my faith.
- Matthew 4
- John 8:32
- 2 Corinthians 2:14
- Philippians 4:13
- 2 Corinthians 3
BELIEVE GOD’S WORD
“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:1-4
The only defense we have against the lies of the enemy is our faith in God’s Word. When the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, our Lord responded to his lies with God’s truth. When the enemy says we are rejected, we must believe we are accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6). If he tells us we are defeated, we remember God always causes us to triumph in Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14) , and each time the devil declares we will fail, we believe we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). We are free from the bondage of the lies of the enemy by our faith in God’s Word.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32 KJV
QUESTION: Do you believe the Word of God in spite of what the enemy says and what you see?
PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me to stand strong in the truth of your Word that I may always overcome the lies of the devil.
- Ephesians 6
SPEAK THE WORD OF GOD
“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…” Ephesians 6:16-17
The Lord God has given us an arsenal to do battle against the devil. We have truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the infallible Word of God. It is the most powerful force in the universe. When we speak God’s Word the creation of God has to respond, the enemy has to submit to it. Speak to your situation and circumstances. Declare what God is saying and you will overcome the lies of the devil.
QUESTION: How do you respond to the negative words that the enemy speaks to come against and discourage you?
PRAYER: Father God, may I always stand strong in battle against the devil, wielding your Word of Truth as an expert swordsman, casting down every lie he speaks against me and your people.
- Philippians 4:8
- Psalm 1
MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8 KJV
When we meditate on the Word of God it fortifies us and strengthens our faith. When the devil comes with his lies to discourage and devastate you, counteract them with the Word of God . Regardless of what you face in life meditate on God’s Word. Fill your heart, soul, and mind with the truth of God’s Word. The light of truth will with guide, sustain, and prosper you.
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:1-3 KJV
QUESTION: How often do you meditate on God’s Word?
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, help me to develop the discipline to meditate on God’s Word that His truth may sustain me when I am confronted with the lies of the devil.