I am efficient.
I am inefficient.
I am successful.
I am a failure.
I am a generous giver.
I am a thankless taker.
I am 100% honest.
I am a complete hypocrite.
Every one of those statements, when taken as an absolute, is a lie.
Each lie could be turned into a truth by the addition of the word sometimes.
Sometimes I am an efficient, successful, generous, and honest person.
But sometimes I am an inefficient, failing, thankless, and hypocritical person.
My adversary wants me to define myself by my performance.
If he convinces me I am always an efficient, successful, generous, and honest person, I will become prideful.
A prideful Christian is not an effective Christian and not a threat to this adversary.
If he convinces me I am always an inefficient, failing, thankless, and hypocritical person, I will become defeated.
A defeated Christian is not an effective Christian and not a threat to this adversary.
This adversary’s goal is to disable Christians.
He accomplishes his goal by telling us lies.
He is wily, this adversary.
Sly as a fox.
A roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
I’m guessing he whispers lies to you, as he does to me.
Fortunately, we have an effective weapon in our arsenal.
That weapon is the Truth.
The Truth is this:
- Sometimes we succeed. Sometimes we fail.
- God loves us all the time.
- God loves us because He is love.
- God forgives us based on Christ’s performance, not on our own.
When Satan whispers lies to you, shout the Truth to him.