If someone becomes discouraged, they quit trying. That brings them no closer to the finish line and it stops their personal spiritual growth. That is not God’s will (2nd Pet 3:18). That’s not an option. Plants and vegetation can tell us a lot about ourselves. Whatever is not growing, is dying. Discouragement is a tactic of Satan or demons to get you to pull the plug on life or on your faith. Don’t fall for it. Know your enemy.
Since a half-truth is a whole lie and who is better at lying than Satan? Jesus said “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Such, Satan. You are a liar, but when we lie, we’re being more like Satan than God because God is truth (John 14:6) and cannot lie (Num 23:19; Titus 1:2).
Division in a marriage can end in divorce. It gives the devil a foothold, so when you start sensing division within the church and friction between members, be aware that this is exactly what Satan wants. His tactic is to divide and conquer, and like a wise enemy, he seeks to destroy us from within. Since we know that God seeks us to be completely unified, division is at the opposite of what God wants but what Satan loves.
Did God Really Say?
We cannot trust our own feelings. Human doubt is among the most shallow, unreliable things when it comes to deciding what is true or not. Rather, believe what God says of His word through the Apostle Paul, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2nd Tim 3:16-17). I checked the Greek for “all” as in “All Scripture” and it means, no surprise, “all!” Don’t fall for the same tactic he used with Eve in the Garden by saying, “Did God actually say…” (Gen 3:1).
Try to think what Satan most desires; discouragement, which will take away the effectiveness of personal witnessing; deception, where even a half-truth becomes a whole lie; division, which turns the church in on itself; and doubt, when we start doubting God’s Word. Try to remember that what Satan loves, God hates, and you’ll know your enemy well enough to not be deceived. By all means, armor up (Eph 6).
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