Replacing Satan’s Lies With God’s Truth
One major cause and symptom of spiritually discouragement in our inner lives is when we start to listen to the lies, false accusations, and guilt-ridden condemnation of Satan and his army of demons. Satan never stops lying and spreading his poison of false condemnation. Satan is the great liar and accuser of our lives. He will daily whisper lies into our ears, lies, and more lies. He will accuse you falsely–if not directly through other people—and try to load you down with false guilt or remind you of your failings in life. When we are spiritually discouraged and weak we do not have the inner strength we need to resist and stand against his lies. And soon we begin to believe that they are true. He will make us think that we are trapped in our fallenness and short-comings, and that we are so bad that God will never forgive us, and that his restoring power is no longer available to us. And once we start believing his lies, our lives start to take a spiral downward.
The most effective way to counteract and resist Satan’s attack on the way we think is to fill our thoughts and minds with truth.
(Romans 12:2) Do not allow your behavior to be conformed to this present world’s age, but be transformed by the renewing (restoring) of your mind. With a renewed way of thinking, you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
(Philippians 4:8) Finally, my fellow believers, fill your thoughts with whatever is true, honorable, right (just), pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise.