Filtering Life through the Voice of Insecurity
The strands of inferiority, insecurity, and inadequacy began to weave an invisible yet indelible grid system over my mind. Every thought I had, every comment by other people, and every social interaction had to filter through that sieve of deficiency before it was interpreted by my little-girl mind. By the time I was a 12-year-old, that filter was cemented firmly in place. I was a scared and scarred little girl who kept her mouth shut by day and her eyes squeezed closed by night.
But God! When I was 14 I accepted Christ through the influence of my best friend’s mom. At that point, I knew I was going to heaven when I left this earth, but those negative words were still seared into my mind.
What I read in the Bible about how God saw me and what I thought about how I saw me didn’t line up. I had a choice to make. Was I going to believe God told the truth or not?
I tried to learn the verses and cooperate with the Holy Spirit to change the way I thought about myself, but it was a struggle…a battle. So I came up with a battle plan of 4 steps to defeat the devil’s lies and replace them with God’s truth…thus reprogramming my mind. Let’s look at those today.
Step One: Realize the Enemy’s True Identity
The first step in the battle for your thought life, no matter what the struggle may be, is to realize the enemy’s true identity. He shows up in Genesis 3 and weaves his lies throughout Scripture.
Jesus called him “father of lies” (John 8:44 NLT). Paul referred to him as the the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2). In the book of Revelation (KJV), John called him “the devil” (12:9), “the accuser of our brethren” (12:10), and “the great dragon” (12:9). No matter what you choose to call him, the deceiver slithered into mankind’s perfect world in the garden, selling his bag of lies.
Satan does not give up on you when you become a Christian. He doesn’t throw up his hands and say, “Oh well, I lost that one. I guess I’ll move on to someone else.”
Quite the contrary. He knows who you are, what you have, and where you are as a child of God. He knows you are chosen, accepted, adopted, appointed, valued, justified, reconciled, redeemed, righteous, free from condemnation, holy, sealed, complete, and completely forgiven. His mission is to keep you from believing it. And he uses the same manipulative craftiness he used in the garden—lies.
The Bible says we have two other enemies that war against our spiritual selves: the world and the flesh. The “world” has several meanings in the Bible, but when referring to it as any enemy force, it means the world’s values and mores as organized without God.
Like the word “world,” the word “flesh” also has various meanings in the Bible, and when mentioned as a negative force in the believer’s life, it means our sinful thought patterns and actions that develop over time, our mechanism for getting our needs met apart from Christ.
John says, “We know…the whole world is under the control of the evil one” (1 John 5:19). The three are in cahoots, and it doesn’t really matter which one is influencing you to tell lies about yourself. They’re all in it together.
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