Ever heard a voice in your head tell you you’re not good enough? You’re not alone. And it isn’t just a voice – it is an enemy…our enemy.
“I am not just speaking metaphorically when I refer to the enemy accusing you. It may just feel like you’re speaking to yourself in your head. But this is the enemy’s deception: “I am not here. It’s just your struggles.” This feels so defeating. And indeed, deep in your heart, the shame and self-contempt you feel are like the attack of a roaring lion. You hide the lion’s roar because the enemy has convinced you that it is just you.” — Restoration Year, John Eldredge
To understand the truth, we have to recognize we’re not hearing our own negative voice, but our greatest foe prowling around like a lion looking to devour us.
Invite the Holy Spirit to speak truth to you. In Romans 8:14-16, Paul affirms the Spirit will remind us whose we are. When our adversary suggests we aren’t good enough to belong to the Lord, it is a lie. If not, our enemy wouldn’t disguise himself as our own thoughts.
We need to know our pessimistic meditations are actually accusations offered from the Accuser (Revelation 12:10). Jesus refers to him as the father of lies…a liar (John 8:44).
So how do we combat such persistent, subtle attacks? We suit up!
“Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” -- Ephesians 6:13-18
We are in a eternal struggle for the souls of men, women and children. Be clear about our opposition. The devil is clear about who he is and his objectives. We should deal with him by:
- Putting on truth. Remember these accusations are from an enemy looking to destroy you. Find verses that remind you of the truth about who you are and who Your Heavenly Father is. Romans 5:2 indicates the penalty for our sins has been paid and we now can enter into the presence of the Lord.
- Next putting on body armor of righteousness. Romans 5:1 tells us we have been made right with God; the enemy is powerless to change what God has done for us.
- Wearing Peace as shoes; we walk in peace because of what Christ has done for us, we have peace with our Father, and in every situation.
- Grabbing the shield of faith. Arrows of accusation will come, and your faith will protect you from every fiery arrow.
- Taking up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. The more we know of His Word, the more clearly we see the truth which sets us free and we will see the devil’s lies for what they are.
- Praying for our brothers and sisters, who are also under attack, and in need of our prayers.
When the doubts, fears and lies flood into your mind, remember we’re in a battle. Take heart! We will prevail because our Savior has overcome this world, death and our enemy. And until the day we see the final victory, suit up!