The lies the enemy tells you don’t stop once you are saved. In fact, the enemy tries even harder to deceive you because now you are a threat to his kingdom on earth. When the Holy Spirit is in you, you now have the power to influence more people to Christ, to know the truth from Satan’s deceit through the reading of the Bible, and you now know your authority in Christ. This makes you very dangerous, and Satan very nervous, so he steps up his tactics to steal you away from the one who can truly help you.
The truth is that once you truly know of God’s goodness and what God can do in your life, it’s difficult if not impossible to turn away. Eventually you realize that life in Christ is more satisfying than life without God. Obviously, why would you turn away from a good thing? However, many Christians do, and it takes on many forms. Satan’s lies don’t stop, they just become more convincing. Throughout your Christian walk, there will always be a tug-of-war with your soul. The question will be who will the winner be?
“God doesn’t want me back…I’ve backslid into sin, again. I can’t do this Christianity thing. I’m too weak. It doesn’t work for me.”
Many Christians fall into the trap of backsliding and it begins in the background without our conscious knowledge. However, before we know it, we’ve entered into sin, forgot to repent, and become far away from God. Backsliding can come when we are faced with either adversity or temptation. Our carnal flesh reverts back to behaviors that we know because without the renewing of our minds, it is easy to go back into a learned pattern of behavior. For example, some people have anger issues and will blow up at the drop of a hat over trivial matters. It is their “carnal natural” tendency. When I say “carnal natural” tendency, I mean that they have developed a pattern of behavior that has resulted in a desired result, such as getting their own way, every time they express their dissatisfaction. It is carnal because it is of the flesh, and not of God. It is a bad learned behavior that has been positively reinforced at some point so that it has become part of the individual’s identity until they renew their mind and deal with this issue.
In the example of excessive anger issues, the person reverted back to who they were, not who they are, in Christ. They may have started fixing this issue in their life, but ended up through a series of negative events getting pulled back into an old lifestyle, or an old way of doing things. They backslid into an old habit, and before they knew it, they were once again miserable in the world and out of a relationship with Christ.
The other reason to backslide can be that temptation has become too great in their lives, and they engage in sin again. The enemy has chosen to draw them back into his kingdom by using an area of weakness. It can be drugs, alcohol, gambling, or any area of weakness in an individual’s life. The result is that it draws them back into a lifestyle of destruction and creates distance between them and God because God cannot be in the presence of sin.
It is, admittedly, a powerful lie. However the truth is that God will never tempt you beyond what you are able to handle, and He always gives you a route of escape from temptation. You just have to rely on Him to get you through the tough times, keep your eyes focused forward and on Him. Renew your mind with the truth of God’s word because that is what will strengthen you through times of trial and will be your sword against the enemy.
“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” 1 Corinthians 10:12-13
To conquer the enemy, you must put on the full armor of God as referenced in Ephesians 6:10-18:
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Don’t let Satan condemn you because you backslid into sin again. God still loves you, and He never turns His back on you, nor does He ever give up on you. He is saddened that you were deceived, but welcomes you back with open arms because you are His child- His creation- and He loves you more than you know. All you have to do is ask Him back into your heart again and repent of all sins. He is just to forgive you and welcome you back into the kingdom.
The most powerful weapon Satan has is in times of serious trial or trauma. He will use significant life events or accidents to draw you away from God. He whispers deceitfully into your ear that there is no God otherwise He wouldn’t have let this happen to you. He uses your sadness/grief over a situation to harden your heart and turn away from the person that can and will give you the most comfort.
The most powerful lie is: “There is no God, otherwise why would this have happened to me? God doesn’t love me, or this wouldn’t have happened. God doesn’t allow bad things to happen to good people. I hate God for letting this happen to me. He doesn’t care about me!” and the list goes on. The result is always the same: you end up with a hard heart, which can be the most difficult situation to get out of.
This lie happens during traumatic life events, and causes us to question why God would allow this to happen. The logic is that God indeed allowed this to happen then I don’t want any part of Him. People who fall into this lie end up misdirecting their anger to God for their personal grief instead of at a situation. It is as if God caused this to happen to them instead of preventing it, and there are some situations, such as death of a loved one, that sometimes God can’t prevent.
This type of lie is dangerous because it calls into question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” and our ability to cope with tragedy. We see that there are many people in the world who can, and do, live lives that are far from honoring to God. They rape, steal, murder, and their personal characteristics are far from desirable. Yet despite living a dangerous lifestyle, they are still alive. They are the people who you would look at and think that due to their reckless nature that they “deserve” to die… and yet they don’t. Then you contrast them to people who are good, and yet die young. It doesn’t seem fair.
The truth against this lie is that sometimes we don’t know why someone dies young who shows good character, nor why someone who is so far from God and doing Satan’s work still lives another day of destruction. Often these type of people need God the most, and have huge plans on their lives for the kingdom, yet Satan is preventing them from their destiny. They need to be prayed into the kingdom because they aren’t “bad” at heart, just misguided by their own circumstances.
To return to the questions as to why good people die young, there can be many reasons. My mother passed away at 63 from cancer very suddenly at a time when I needed her. I had a young son, and was seven months pregnant with twins. The timing was horrible, and when she passed away, I was devastated. Why did it happen, and why at that time? I may never know. I speculate that she didn’t have the faith to overcome her illness. She believed the negative doctor’s report, and accepted in her heart that she would die. She ignored the books we gave her on healing because she had decided in her heart that this was it. She gave up on life, and many people do because sometimes the road to recovery is hard and believing in the face of it is even harder. They never express their struggle, but they have given up. It was indeed a time when I could have turned from God and thought that He took my mom when I needed her. How unfair it was when I was pregnant and so grieved that it could have affected my babies! The thought would have been selfish, though, and even though I still think that she died too young, I know that God wanted to heal her. She just didn’t accept the healing. She couldn’t overcome the cancer.
Other reasons that people turn from God can be the end of a relationship. Someone may be praying that a relationship is restored, or that a person wouldn’t leave, and that prayer goes unanswered. Why would a God who authored marriage dissolve a relationship? The truth is that we have free will, and even though God is a God of reconciliation, He can’t over ride our free will. He can sometimes, however, restore a relationship at a later date if you keep praying and taking your authority over it, but He didn’t cause the person to leave. It was ultimately their choice. What God will do is restore it, or bring someone else along your path to restore what had been lost. God isn’t a God who causes destruction- that’s Satan.
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10, NLT)
John 10:10 brings us to the truth: that it is Satan’s plan to steal, kill, and destroy. When tragedy occurs, and we blame God, our hearts harden and Satan wins. We turn from God and can no longer hear from Him because we are mad at Him for something that He didn’t cause. Our anger is misdirected. God will teach and punish His children, but His punishment isn’t destruction. It doesn’t involve this type of hardship- that’s Satan. Anything that goes against God’s word is of Satan because God cannot lie.
“God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” Numbers 23:
“God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.” Hebrews 6:18
If the enemy tells you that it was God who destroyed your marriage, it is false because it goes against scripture. God created marriage.
“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ ? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” Matthew 19:4-6
“To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.” (1 Corinthians 7:10-11)
This is just an example of how biblical truth destroys Satan’s lies, and we need to know the bible so that we won’t be misguided by the lies of the enemy. How many people blame God for something that He did not do? In the example above, why would God destroy a marriage when He authored marriage? To do so would go against His word, therefore it is not of God, but the enemy. Also, He does not do things against His word just to “teach us something or a lesson”. That’s not scriptural either.
You need to take whatever you are going through and compare it to the word. You need to ask yourself is it biblical, and if it isn’t, then you know who it was from. It is God’s design that we should prosper and live in divine health and healing. However, we are human. Sometimes we don’t have the teaching, or understanding of His word to pull us through, and sometimes we give up in the face of adversity. The truth remains that God is not the cause of tragedy and destruction. You are blaming the wrong entity. Tragedy comes, yes, but it is not of God. God didn’t kill your sibling in an accident. God didn’t cause your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse to die. God didn’t cause your friend to commit suicide. God didn’t cause someone to leave you. However, in dating relationships sometimes that person was not meant for you.
If you believe these things about God’s nature, then you are falling prey to a lie and eventually your heart will harden towards God. You will walk away without knowing the truth. The truth is:
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
“He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:27-28
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5,8
“Who shall separate us from the love of God? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? [Neither] height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35,39
“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God abides in him, and who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:8,16
How could a God who loves you destroy you or purposely bring destruction in your life? The bible says that we will face trials and persecution, but these are from the enemy which is designed to take us off course. The truth is that God does love you, and doesn’t wish you harm. He doesn’t want to take people away from you in death, He doesn’t cause accidents, He doesn’t dissolve marriages, He doesn’t cause emotional hardship or marital hardship, but He is there through them. This doesn’t sound like the God that you had thought, now does it? A God that would cause harm wouldn’t be there for you, now would He?
So stop blaming Him for situations beyond your control in an attempt to understand or justify them. If God loves you, and wouldn’t leave you in times of trial, why would He create these situations? He doesn’t hate you. The truth is that people have free will, and exercise it either for the better, or for worse. You can’t control that. All you can do is pray for what has been taken away to be restored. THAT is biblical. You may not understand why things happen, and may not until you reach Heaven yourself, but be assured that God doesn’t cause tragedy. You are being deceived if you believe this.
So what do you do when you don’t understand? Ask God for clarity. If you don’t hear from Him, put it on the shelf as He may reveal it to you when you are ready, or at a later date. Sometimes it takes awhile for the truth to be revealed. God can shed light on the why and provide a clear path for you to take in certain situations. Other times, you may never know, but be assured that all plans that were meant for your destruction, God will turn for your good.
How do you heal without turning from God? You ask Him for strength, for peace, and for comfort. Read your bible to prevent deception from occurring. It is your best attempt from being misdirected from the enemy who will pervert truth for his own gain. God will comfort you when you don’t understand, be there when you hurt, bring you peace in times of trial, and He will restore all that has been taken from you. These are His promises, and as mentioned above, God does not lie.
If you have turned from God, if your heart has hardened, if you have backslid, it is not too late. God is crying out for your return. He wants to heal you. He wants to bestow His love on you. He wants to give you strength, peace, and grace. He wants you to know that He knows that you are hurting, and it grieves Him too, but He is here for you. Just let Him in, don’t shut Him out anymore. Turn your heart back to God. He’s waiting for you. All He says is “come”.
If you have fallen away from God, and want to rededicate your life, our prayer of salvation is located in the middle of our front page. God wants you back because you are precious in His sight. He wants to restore what has been taken away and heal your pain. Don’t go through it alone when the comforter is so near. Let Him heal your wounds so that you can be whole again. It isn’t His design to see you suffer. Return to Him.
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