Guess what satan does every single day, all day long? He accuses us of all sorts of sins right in front of God. He attempts to discredit us in front of our heavenly Father, because if he could just get God to believe his lies about us and give up on us satan would win the battle for our souls.
The prophet Zechariah saw this through an angel of the Lord: “Then he (the angel) showed me Joshua (Israel) the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him.” (Zechariah 3:1)
And on, and on, and on he goes. Satan never gets tired of accusing us – I mean, besides spreading evil all over this world what else does he have to do all day? He doesn’t get to worship God because he lost that right so he just hangs out, constantly spewing hideous lies about us.
He’s an alcoholic.
She’s a bad mother.
He’s an underachiever.
She’s a liar.
That little stinker. He really ticks me off. Quite frankly, I’m really tired of him running around causing all kinds of trouble every dang day…
But God loves us and defends us. And look at what God does for us as written in the book of Zechariah: “The Lord said to Satan, ‘The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?’” (Zechariah 3:2)
In other words – GET AWAY FROM ME, SATAN BECAUSE I’M NOT LISTENING TO YOUR GARBAGE. And God says it twice – not because He has to but for emphasis. God snatches the burning stick – that would be you and me – out of the fire and saves us from the enemy. Every.Single.Time.
Take this to heart: Satan has neither the power nor the authority to destroy you because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. You can choose to believe the lies hurled by the enemy or you can choose to believe the truths about you found in Scripture.
And check out the result of having God on your side: “Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes (sin) as he stood before the angel. The angel sad to those who were standing before him, ‘Take off his filthy clothes.’ Then he said to Joshua, ‘See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.’” (Zechariah 3:3-4)
God doesn’t put up with satan’s lies about you, and neither should you. Your filthy clothes – your sinful habits, your self-condemnation, all your issues – can be taken off and replaced with rich, beautiful truths from your Heavenly Father. But you have to do your part, too. You must “…take captive EVERY thought and make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
So when you hear that lie in your head, go find yourself one scripture to refute it. Commit it to memory and then speak it whenever you hear that evil whisper. When you actually replace satan’s lies in your head with God’s truths, the healing that leads to true freedom can begin.
Yes, let the healing and the freedom begin.
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