Have you ever felt that somedays you can’t win? You move from one fear-induced lie to the next, trying to organize your thoughts and maintain some peace, but somedays it’s just too much work. Before you know it, you’re on the couch with a blanket over your head, crying out to the Lord and not sure He can hear you.
Did you recognize that I used the word “lie”? That’s right; today, we will focus on the lies we hear and who we are truly fighting against. Because to let go of fear, we need to recognize that this is a battle, and I’m here to tell you that the battle is real.
We face an enemy we cannot see and fight a battle, not with physical weapons but with spiritual ones. But what happens when we don’t even realize we’re in this battle? We move through our lives, day in and day out, struggling – listening to lie after lie, afraid and alone, forgetting who we are and that God has a plan and purpose for our lives. We wake up one day and realize that our identities are stolen, our families are divided, and our health is hanging in the balance. It’s as if we were struck in the night, we’re injured and bleeding, and our adversary has walked off with all the spoils.
The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:12 that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
So how do we fight? Well, we are going to talk about that in the coming days. But the first step is recognizing who our real enemy is. Maybe up until today, you thought the enemy was Covid-19. Maybe you thought it was the what-ifsor maybe’s. Perhaps you thought the enemy was fear itself. I’m here to tell you that our enemy is the same today as it was back in the garden when he said, “Did God really say you shouldn’t eat from this tree?” And it’s Satan himself. He is on the warpath to distract us from God, lie to us, and immobilize us with fear so that we can’t do anything. And until we recognize who we’re fighting, we won’t understand how to fight and that we can win! That’s right, we are victorious and don’t even know it!
Paul tells us in Romans 8:38-39: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
So today, open up your clenched fist and let go of any preconceived notions or enemies you thought you were facing and believe this is a battle with our enemy – the devil. And grab onto God’s hand. He loves you, and nothing can separate you from His love.