“My soul finds rest in God alone
My rock and my salvation
A fortress strong against my foes
And I will not be shaken
Though lips may bless and hearts may curse
And lies like arrows pierce me
I’ll fix my heart on righteousness
I’ll look to him who hears me”
Townend/Keyes – Psalm 62
Does anyone doubt we struggle against not flesh and blood but against a great and powerful enemy, who is known as the Father of Lies, who loves to feed God’s children with the lies of his mouth?
In the book I am reading, Name Above All Names, the authors Begg and Ferguson talk about the great conflict that is throughout the entire Bible. Starting in Genesis 3 and ending in Revelation – the conflict is always between Jesus and Satan. Good and evil.
Around me, in friendships I have all over the world – there is sickness, death, doubt, lie believing, struggles, unrepentant sin, tears. A friend has been praying for her children the truths of Psalm 119 that her children would not believe the lies of satan but would instead cling to the words of Truth found in Scripture.
Wherever you are this morning, this weekend, or whenever you read this – I pray that these truths that have been an encouragement to me to be used by God to diffuse the lies that Satan is feeding you: legalism, defeat, untruths, doubt – fix your eyes on the Word, the Gospel, the Victor – and you will not be moved even when the storms come (Matt).
Psalm 119:31-32: I cling to your testimonies, O Lord, let me not be put to shame! I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!
Psalm 119:159: Consider how I love your precepts! Give me life according to your steadfast love!
Psalm 27:1-4: The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers asail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of The Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of The Lord and to inquire in his temple.
Isaiah 60 1-5, 9: Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold darkness shall cover the earth and thick darkness, the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes all around and see, they all gather together, they come to you…then you shall see and be radiant, your heart shall thrill and exult…for the coastlands shall hope for me, the ships of Tarshish first, to bring your children from afar; their silver and their gold with them, for the name of the Lord your God, and for the Holy One of Israel, because He has made you beautiful.
Matthew 7:24-27: Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it didn’t fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.
What other Scriptures do you use to defeat the rehearsing of lies from the enemy and encourage your heart with Truth?