Recently, I had a pleasant conversation with a good friend as we caught up on the "what's happenings" of our lives over the last few months. It's such a blessing when you can catch up with a friend, and despite the time between calls, it always feels like you talked just yesterday! During that call, I shared with my friend some of my hang-ups and struggles in promoting my new devotional Hello God. My friend, being the wonderful person that they are, ever so politely told me that every excuse I gave was a lie from the enemy and I needed to ignore them. Thank God for friends that will be real with you.
After our call, I started to ask myself why we even engage in conversation with the enemy. Why do we entertain him and his foolishness? Do we not know better? Maybe we think we can out-talk him and prove him wrong? Whatever the reason is for engaging in conversation with him, my advice will still be the same – Don't do it! He wants to plant in our head lies, doubt, fear...things that didn't come from God. The door of communication is better left closed. When you crack that door, you give him an opportunity to slide his foot in, making it hard to shut it later.
Visualize a person walking down the street and someone of the opposite sex calling out to them, whistling, hissing or ‘catcalling’ as they used to say. The person walking down the road is you – and me – and the person doing the calling is the enemy. He is trying to get our attention because if he gets our attention – his foot in the door – it increases his chances of coming in and planting seeds. DON'T STOP, KEEP WALKING! I know it's tempting to say something to put him in his place and let him know you don't appreciate him coming at you like that...but DON'T STOP, KEEP WALKING!
Maybe there will be a moment when you don't keep walking and a conversation starts, or perhaps he caught you on the “right day”… well, I suggest you let him have it then! Whatever the cause, when you become aware that you are engaged in a conversation with the enemy and you want it to stop, you must only respond with the truth. Truth comes from the Word of God. The enemy is a liar; it is just who he is. (John 8:44 NIV). The way we combat his lies is to respond with truth from the Word of God. Reading and study the Word of God is vital to our walk. As you read the Word and read His promises and what He has to say about you, you can go to those scriptures and speak them to yourself as well as to the enemy.
Here are a few to add to your arsenal:
- You are freed from the power of sin that leads to death (Romans 8:2 NLT)
- You have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16 NLT)
- You are loved and chosen by God (Ephesians 1:4 NLT)
- God can do miraculous things through you, and you have the power and authority of the enemy. (Mark 16:17-18 NLT)
- Your needs will be supplied according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19 NLT)
If you find yourself engaging in dialogue (not encouraged) with the enemy, the father of lies, please don't be polite. Get an attitude with him and let him know that you mean business and are not in a playing mood. Don't forget you have power and authority over him. Remind him that you are royalty, the child of a king. He would have you think he has the upper hand, but he doesn't. No matter what he says, no matter the circumstance, remember Ephesians 6:16 (Paraphrased by me): “In all circumstances I live by faith in God and extinguish all the flaming darts (attacks) of the enemy.” Walking in faith and standing firm on the word of God (our truth) is a way we combat the enemy.
My dearest brother or sister in Christ, you are a well-equipped warrior...an overcomer...a child of God...one who walks in victory. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may you walk and talk with the power and authority that has been given to you, and don't back down!
Until Next Time-
J.Branch is a wife, mother and child of God. She is passionate about helping others live the life they desire, have fruitful relationships and know who they were created to be and to live a life of purpose.
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