The slick, conniving snake must’ve waited intentionally. Seeking out the moment that the woman was alone. Seeking the moment that he could whisper lies to her. “I will catch her alone, vulnerable – and I will whisper deception into her ears.” This is something I imagine he conspired.
“You won’t die! …He knows your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” (paraphrased…sort of: Gen 3:1-4 NLT)
From the dawn of creation, our enemy has sought to isolate us. If he can get us alone, he can whisper death into our ears, too. Thoughts that we aren’t worthy. Not able. Unloved. Unwanted. We are alone. No one knows or understands us, no one cares for us. We are forgotten.
“Take a bite…You won’t die.”
“You’re dead already.”
“No one wants you.”
“You’ll never be as good as ____.”
L I E S ! !
- You are fearfully and wonderfully made, with intention. (Ps 139:14)
- You are new, and your past does not define you. (2 Corin 5:17)
- You have been made alive in Christ (Ephesians 2:5)
- You are free (Galatians 5:1)
- Before He made the world – He loved YOU and planned for your redemption so that you could be close to Him (Ephesians 4:4-8)
Don’t do life alone. “Though one can be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of 3 strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12) We are stronger together. Imagine yourself in a battle. If you have someone fighting back to back with you – aren’t you stronger against your enemy from both sides? Now image a 3rd person – Now you are protected from all sides – Don’t do life alone. EVERYONE is fighting a battle. We are either coming out of one, going into one, or neck deep in the middle of one – don’t fight alone. If you don’t have a close friend to share prayers with – pray that the Lord would bring you someone. And be intentional in cultivating the relationship when He does.
There was a time in my life a few years ago that I felt so very alone. I remember crying one night as I was drifting off to sleep because I didn’t have a close friend anymore to share the hard things in life with. Distance had claimed my closest friend, and I felt isolated when sorrow would strike. The enemy whispered (shouted) my loneliness into my heart – and so I fought back with prayer. And the Lord answered me. I have been gifted with a close sisterhood that He knew I was going to need in the coming days. They’ve carried my burdens in prayer when I could barely carry my own breath. We need each other!
What about you? What are the lies the enemy has been whispering to you?
I have a challenge for you: Write it down on a single paper. Write out those lies. Now, on a separate sheet of paper, dig into God’s Word and contrast those lies with HIS TRUTH. If you’re struggling to do this, ask a friend. Don’t do this alone! You and I were never meant to do this thing called life alone.
Whether it is you and His spirit contrasting those lies with His truth or along with the help of a friend – write out His promises and His Words over you.
Now, take that paper that you wrote out the lies with and mark each one out as you proclaim out loud – I am not ____. ____ is a lie. Then replace it with a declarative statement with the truth of His Word over you – out loud.
And tear up those lies. Ask a friend to help you pray for freedom from any root those lies tried to take – and bind up your heart with the healing of Your Creator’s Words and love for you.
Here’s my prayer for you tonight:
“I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now He is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is His body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with Himself.”
Ephesians 1:16-23 NLT