Spiritual Warfare – Hitting Below the Belt

We’ve been discussing Satan’s methods of attack.  In my last post I covered how the enemy uses God’s word against us.  But the enemy doesn’t stop there.  In fact, another name for our enemy is “The Great Counterfeiter” because he is known for imitating God in so many ways.  And one way he does this is by personalizing his attack.  Just as God interacts with each of us on a very personal basis, the enemy will tailor his attacks by getting up close and personal with us.  He will use anything from our lives to sow seeds of doubt into our hearts about God’s character and our true worth.

Let me see if I can illustrate this for you by using some of my own experiences.  The first thing the enemy has done with me is to choose a particular truth he wants to destroy in my life.  Once his goal is set, he begins gathering information from my past that will serve his purpose well.  From that point on, he does what I call “building a case” against me and the truth.

The truth that Satan wanted to destroy in my life was the fact that God loves me.  The lie he wanted to instill in my heart was that I was utterly and totally unlovable…by anyone.

Pulling from my past experiences, he would plant seeds of doubt into my mind.  And depending on the course your life has taken, he can come up with plenty of ammunition. Lord knows, I’ve made his job way too easy at times and I’ve also had plenty of unexplained hardships that haven’t helped.   He will not only use your own mistakes and sin; he will also use every bad thing that has ever happened to you to support the lie he’s selling.  That’s why it is so important to have a very firm grasp on the truth.

If you’re still not sure what kind of information Satan will try to use against you, I can list a few.  If you have ever been attacked by a stranger, he will whisper in your ear, “See, even total strangers can’t stand you.  How could anyone ever love you?”  If you come from a dysfunctional home, he might say “Even the ones closest to you, the ones who should, by default, love you unconditionally hurt you.  There must be something wrong with you.  Every mother, father, sister, brother loves their family.”  If you’ve ever messed up, he will say over and over “Look what you did!  You’ve gone too far with this one.  You’re no good to anyone now.”  I think you see where I’m going with this.

So please understand, whatever has happened to you; whatever you have done; it doesn’t matter to God.  His love for you is unconditional.  In fact, there is nothing you can do to make Him love you any more or any less.  His love is not based on us, but on His loving character.  It is a character and a love that never changes, never falters.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39

You are lovable.  You are loved!  You are a precious child of God!

Glow on!

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