Last night, I was researching camouflage. Yes, I’m a nerd. This time, though, I had a really good reason! I was asked to paint a “memory jar” and camo was the pattern of choice. Well, this city girl didn’t know anything about camo! So, I researched it. Duh. (By the way, there’s a whole website dedicated to all types of camo. Camopedia.com. Seriously. I can’t make this stuff up!) Anyway, while I was on that site today looking for the camo pattern I used last night, I saw this quote by Sun Tzu in The Art of War. The quote was, “”All warfare is based on deception.” Of course, it got me to thinking.
If you’re a regular here, then you know that I’ve discussed this several times. If you are a true follower of Jesus, then you are engaged in a war, whether you know it or not. The enemy of our souls is none other than satan himself. My favorite verse to prove this is, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8 NASB
I think when you truly understand that satan is your enemy and he is fighting you, it makes troubles in life make a little more sense. It doesn’t make them easier, necessarily, but knowing who your enemy is always helps. That’s why that quote captured my attention. John 8:44 says satan, “is a liar and the father of lies.” That’s right, his most useful weapon is deceit. Look at the quote again….All warfare is based on deception. See. Satan is at war with God’s people.
The truth is, though, satan’s war isn’t with us, it’s with God. We just happen to be the ones he attacks. Epesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” NASB
Now that we know who our enemy is, the next question is, how do we battle satan? For starters, let’s look at that verse in context.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:10-17 NASB
There it is….put on the full armor. When we become believers, God equips us with all we need. When Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, He used scripture to battle satan. The devil was doing all he could to convince Jesus to worship him. When satan took Jesus to the mountain top and offered all he could see to Jesus for worshiping him, Jesus said, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’” Matthew 4:9-11 NASB
One of the most important things I’ve learned in my walk with Jesus is that not every thought that pops in your head is yours. I have found that satan loves to trick us using our minds. We can choose to not think those destructive thoughts. The reel he uses most often with me is, “You’re a failure. You’re not good enough.” But, those are lies. That’s not what God says about us! That’s not what God says about me! 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” NASB
If you’re like me and that’s how the enemy attacks you, let’s look at what God says about those who believe in Him.
- I am loved 1John 3:3
- I am accepted Ephesians 1:6
- I am a child of God John 1:12
- I am Jesus’ friend John 15:14
- I am a joint heir with Jesus, sharing His inheritance with Him Romans 8:17
- I am united with God and one spirit with Him 1Corinthians 6:17
- I am a temple of God. His spirit and his life live in me 1 Corinthians 6:19
- I am a member of Christ’s body. 1 Corinthians 12:27
- I am a Saint Ephesians 1:1
- I am redeemed and forgiven Colossians 1:14
- I am complete in Jesus Christ Colossians 2:10
- I am free from condemnation Romans 8:1
- I am a new creation because I am in Christ 2Corinthians 5:17
- I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved Colossians 3:12
- I am established, anointed, and sealed by God 2Corinthians 1:21
- I do not have a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind 2Timothy 1:7
- I am God’s co-worker 2Corinthians 6:1
- I am seated in heavenly places with Christ Eph 2:6
- I have direct access to God Ephesians 2:18
- I am chosen to bear fruit John 15:16
- I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house 1 Peter 2:5
- I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God by which I share His nature 2 Peter 1:4
- I can always know the presence of God because He never leaves me Hebrews 13:5
- God works in me to help me do the things He wants me to do Philippians 2:13
- I can ask God for wisdom and He will give me what I need James 1:5
I found these (and more) by googling “who am I in Christ.” These came from christianlifecoaching.co.uk.
So. Having troubles? Got strife? The enemy bugging you? Who are you going to believe? The devil or your Creator? The next time the enemy tells you what you’re not, be sure to tell him who you are! Read these out loud and let him know you’re not going to fall for his lies! Remember, we’ve read the end of the book….he loses!
Be blessed and tell someone you love them!