Freedom Over Deception

Throughout history, the devil has been portrayed as the father of lies, seeking to deceive and undermine humanity's connection with God. He prowls like a roaring lion, looking for any opportunity to sow seeds of doubt and confusion in our hearts.
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I want to share an indelible truth about Christian living with you. The devil will trick you into thinking that you’re still struggling with what God has freed you from. Don’t let him.

Freedom Over Deception

The Scriptures says (permit me to paraphrase) “in this life, you shall have tribulations…but rejoice for I have overcome the world.” In other words, life can be a series of trials and triumphs, and it is during our darkest moments that we often find the strength to overcome. Many of us have experienced the liberation of our souls from the chains of our past struggles, thanks to the grace and mercy of God. However, even after breaking free, the devil seeks to cast doubts upon our newfound freedom.

Throughout history, the devil has been portrayed as the father of lies, seeking to deceive and undermine humanity’s connection with God. He prowls like a roaring lion, looking for any opportunity to sow seeds of doubt and confusion in our hearts.

When we experience the liberating power of God’s grace, breaking free from the chains of our past, the devil is not pleased. He will attempt to cast shadows on our freedom, making us doubt the reality of God’s redemptive work in our lives. He preys on our vulnerabilities and fears, reminding us of our past mistakes and weaknesses, trying to convince us that we are still prisoners of our old struggles.

The adversary is cunning, {{contact.first_name}}, preying on our vulnerabilities and planting seeds of doubt and despair. He will try to make us believe that we are still prisoners of our past, even when God’s love has set us free. These deceptive whispers can lead us to question our progress, faith, and worthiness of God’s blessings.

To combat this deception, we must anchor ourselves in God’s truth. The Bible tells us in Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” We are free in Christ, and His redemption is greater than any trap the devil may lay for us.

Remember that our struggles do not define us; they are stepping stones on our journey towards spiritual growth. When the devil tries to make you feel trapped again, call upon the power of prayer, meditate on God’s Word, and seek the support of fellow believers.

In this world, we will face trials, but Jesus assures us in John 16:33 (this is the Scripture I paraphrased earlier), “In me, you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.” Cling to this promise, for it is our shield against the devil’s deceitful tactics.

We must stand firm against the devil’s deceitful tactics. Remember, the devil’s nature is to twist the truth (like he did with Eve in Eden), manipulate our thoughts (like he did with Saul against David), and fabricate illusions of hopelessness (like he did with Elijah when Jezebel threatened his life). But the Word of God is our shield and armour. John 8:44 reminds us that the devil “was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

When the devil whispers lies of condemnation, remember that Jesus paid the price for our sins on the cross. Through faith in Him, we are forgiven and set free. Romans 8:1 assures us, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

You are not who you were!

You are no longer that angry bird, promiscuous fellow, malicious lady, depressed soul, porn addict, or whatever sin held you captive before Christ freed you.

You are a new creations, born of God!

To combat the devil’s lies, immerse yourself in the truth of God’s Word. If God says you are forgiven, whatever the devil says doesn’t matter. Meditate on God’s words that affirm His love, mercy, and faithfulness. Seek the company of fellow believers who can encourage and uplift you in your faith journey.

As you go forth into the week ahead, {{contact.first_name}}, be vigilant in guarding your heart and mind against the devil’s cunning wiles. Embrace the freedom that God has bestowed upon you. Affirm your sonship with Christ. Profess it loudly unapologetically. Walk boldly in God’s light. With faith as your guide, you can confidently navigate life’s challenges, knowing that you are more than conquerors through Him who loves you. Glory!

May the grace of God shield you from the enemy’s deception, and may His love strengthen you in every step you take.

Today’s Haiku

Beneath a dark veil
whispers weave a web of lies.
Freedom’s light breaks through

With ❤️,

Jaachị “no longer a slave to sin” Anyatọnwụ

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Jaachị Anyatọnwụ

Jaachị Anyatọnwụ is a poet, editor, and publisher living in the suburbs of Aba. He is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks and collections including 'Under the Sheets', 'Write Me A Poem', '30', 'Isms', 'Amina', and many others.

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