I was sitting at my desk, staring out the window into the courtyard – probably either recovering from a stressful email exchange or avoiding opening the next manila file folder on the stack – when I saw it: a lone leaf, seemingly suspended in mid-air, twirling in the breeze.
It did not take long, however, to discover that the leaf was not actually suspended in mid-air (I know…shocking), but rather was hanging on a long, sturdy thread of a spider web. Although the leaf appeared to flip and twirl freely in the breeze, it was actually quite trapped.
Within moments, I was struck with the reality that we have an enemy who traps us in a similar way through a web of lies. Lies…
that we don’t belong.
that we aren’t worthy.
that we misinterpreted our calling.
that our God isn’t able.
that _________________ (you fill in the blank).
And sometimes, those lies are convincing because as we are warned in Scripture…
“When he [the enemy] lies, he speaks his native language,
for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
John 8:44 (New International Version)
The lies can be so convincing that we even live under the illusion that we’re going somewhere, that we’re moving forward and reaching goals. But just like the leaf, in actuality, by believing the lies we are simply stuck twirling in place on a thread.
BUT, as believers, we have also been chosen by and belong to a God who is bigger than any of the enemy’s lies and who can release us when we do get stuck.
So the next time you begin to hear and believe those lies, instead of becoming stuck in them, allow them to serve as a reminder…
to return to the Lord,
to be broken for the Lord,
to be humbled before the Lord,
and to know the Lord and His truth.
Because that truth – HIS truth – is this:
“And having disarmed the powers and authorities,
He made a public spectacle of them,
triumphing over them by the cross.”
Colossians 2:15 (NIV)
“The One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
1 John 4:4 (NIV)
The enemy has been defeated; Christ has already won the victory! And that truth will set you free. Without fail.
Claim that truth. Trust that truth. Rest in that truth.