Lies the Enemy Told Me, and the Truth that set me Free
By Michelle C. Danko
What prevents people from becoming a Christian? The reasons are many and varied according to the individual. The basis however, is the same. It boils down to lies the enemy uses to keep people enslaved where they are. If we were all to turn to Christ, then Satan’s kingdom would be destroyed. He doesn’t want that, and will use any perversion of the truth to keep you where you are. The word says that the truth will set you free: free from lies the enemy tells you, free from believing the wrong things about yourself, free from bondage, and free from sin. Today, I urge you to release those shackles holding you back from feeling the love that God has for you.
Satan attacks you in several ways, all of which take you away from God. There will always be a struggle ensuing for your soul which should tell you just how precious you are. Satan wants to steal you away not because the world is better, or that you will do better by yourself, but to prevent you from achieving your purpose (destiny) in life.
All of us, at some point, have wondered why we were created, and for what purpose. Why are we here? Only God know why we are here, what our destiny is, and what His purpose is because He created us. Satan doesn’t know. The only thing that he knows is that it’s not good for his kingdom for you to learn the truth. He will entice you with anything to break your relationship with Christ and to keep you from living the life that you were meant to live.
“But what about some people who are millionaires who don’t know Christ? They are successful, and they don’t know God.”
Yes, some don’t have a relationship with God. However, you have to ask yourself what they had to sacrifice to get where they are. For some, it was family. The divorce rate is high because some have chosen to pursue money, fame and fortune at the cost of everything else. Their spouse became neglected as a result. For others, they sacrificed marriage, time for themselves, and the list goes on. There is always a sacrifice attached to it, and a struggle because they are doing it on their own strength. Many of them burn out; have health issues, etc because of this. Their bottom line is the same: they work hard to keep wealth or gain more wealth, they are always pursuing money. In their endless pursuit, they often work long hours, travel extensively, and are always focused on business and money. Often they neglect all else including others and their health. They burn out because they are putting forth so much effort into something that was designed to be a bi-product of a relationship with Christ, and because their life often lacks balance, this choice takes a toll on many.
Life in Christ is easier and more rewarding. Blessings and riches are a result of a relationship with God. That relationship with Him is the focal point to which everything stems, and it’s that relationship that Satan attacks. If Satan can prevent the relationship, or take you away, then you will never know the greatness that God has in store. The sad part is that if you turn away, YOU will never know what could have been. This is where the enemy wants to keep you.
The enemy uses the following ways to keep people enslaved into a world that cannot fill their needs, nor can it benefit them. He tells us the following to keep us just where we are:
“God doesn’t exist.”
Evolutionists can explain how the world came into being. It’s just a theory though, and theories can only be proven, or proven false. There is no absolute truth, but we accept them as absolute truth. For me, it is difficult to believe that God doesn’t exist because I have seen too many miracles to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is real. For many, it takes a miracle to get them to abandon a world that teaches them that they are in control of their own destiny, and that the only faith they have is believing in themselves.
But what happens when tragedy strikes? Who, at the root of it, do we cry out to? It is a Christ that many do not know. It comes when all else fails, and the world can’t fix the problem that we are facing. Why should God be our last resort? It is like saying, “I know you created me, and have the best in mind for me. You can give me everything I want and need, but I don’t need you because I can manage on my own.” The answer is I don’t need you, and I don’t need your help because I can do just fine on my own. The reality is we can’t.
When you need the world the most… When you face financial ruin, when your business fails, when your wife leaves you and takes the children, when you loose everything you have, when you can’t pay the bills, when you are emotionally hurting/scarred, when you are in a bad accident, when you face a life-threatening illness… where is the world? Does it care for you? Will it help you, or will it leave you scarred and damaged for life? Where is your comfort? It’s not in the world. It can’t be, and when you run out of alternatives to “control” your own life is when you will cry out to God who will rescue you. Yet you deny that He exists when He performs a miracle! It is God who will perform the impossible (2 Timothy 2:13).
It is those miracles that are designed to turn your hard heart back to Christ because sometimes that’s what it takes. We naturally cry out to the one who created us because it is the design that is in us. The good news is that God is always faithful. He exists because He hears when you cry out- you are His child, and He is faithful to answer in hopes that you will return to Him. Only He can perform the impossible. The problem is that once all has been restored, will you remember Him, or believe that it was you all along.
If you look at the miracles in life in general, it is hard to deny that there is a God. We don’t have to look far. Just examine the miracle of birth, or the beautiful, perfect, ebb and flow of nature, and you will see perfection at work. Science couldn’t create that balance of perfection on its own because science isn’t perfect. It took a greater hand to perform this miracle.
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—“Ephesians 2:1-22
“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.” 2 Corinthians 5:1-21
“You have to be perfect to be a Christian.”
This is a heart that recognizes there is a Christ, but feels like they don’t, or can’t measure up. This may be from past sin, or perceived imperfection, but the result is that they are preventing themselves from having a relationship with their Creator.
To dispel this myth, we need to examine the characters in the Bible. With the exception of Jesus, who was God’s son, NONE of them were perfect. They all had sin in their lives, and some of it was serious. However, God still chose to use them, and use them mightily because even though they weren’t perfect, they possessed some common characteristics:
- They believed that God existed.
- They had a relationship with God.
- The heard God’s voice.
- They listened, and they followed through.
- They repented of sin and turned away.
The Bible doesn’t say that they were perfect before they came to know Christ. It was God through His word that perfected them, not the individuals themselves.
Philippians 3:12 says,
“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.”
The Bible says that God will refine and perfect His children (John 15:1-27). God will mold us into who He wants us to be. All God says is that you need to have a relationship with Him, and He will do the rest. He says, “Come to me as you are” and He says it like this:
“My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?” James 2:1-26
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23
I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32
The hurt, broken, or weary:
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Those who feel alone:
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18
“All that the father gives me, will come to me, and all of those who come to me, I will not cast out (turn away from).” John 6:37
God is consistent in His message: Come to me. It is irrelevant what you have done, what sins you have committed, your social status, your emotional feelings… God simply says come, and I will accept you as you are.
God says wherever you are I am there in the midst of it. All you have to is call my name and I will be there whether you are saved, or unsaved. If you don’t believe I exist, need me, and cry out to me, I will be there. I will be there even though you denied me because I love you more than you know and can imagine.
God loves you through imperfection because even though we are not perfect, we are in His sight, and He loves us anyway. Perfection isn’t a requirement to come to Christ, it is a product of a relationship with Christ, and it begins with returning to the one who created you.
These are examples of the lies the enemy tells unbelievers; those who have never known Christ and often God will bring believers across their paths because He doesn’t want any of His children to parish. He loves them all.
If you are reading this, you have not come to this website by chance. Someone greater than yourself has sent you hear to tell you that you are loved, and to return to the one who knows you better than you know yourself. He wants the best for you, and it is His design that you should succeed without sacrificing what is important. If you knew that you could have it all, would you do it? Would you give your heart to Christ? What do you have to loose? What do you stand to gain?
Also, there are those that NEED to know that God loves you for who you are. Even though you are not perfect, He wants you to come to Him with open arms and to feel the love He has for you. To the troubled, He will give peace. To the weary, He will give strength. To the abandoned, He will give love. To the poor, He will make rich. He will heal the sick, cure the oppressed, and restore all that is lost.
Come to Him.
If you desire to give your life, our Prayer of Salvation is located in the middle of our front page. All you have to do is confess your sins, say the prayer of salvation, and mean it with your heart and your life will be changed.
This is just the beginning, though. You need to begin to read your Bible, develop a relationship with Christ, and begin attending a local church with other believers who can lift you up and encourage you. Please let us know if you need any assistance in this area, as we would love to help you!
Be blessed, always.
Tomorrow we will discuss lies that the enemy tells believers to lead them astray.