Satan tries to get our minds off of Christ by tempting us to believe lies.
1 Peter 5:8 says Satan prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against spiritual forces in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
If you are a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you.
Christians don’t have to be afraid of Satan overtaking us. But we do need to be careful we aren’t listening to AND believing lies.
Paul wrote a letter to the Corinthians encouraging them to protect themselves in these five ways:
Here are 5 Ways to Stop Believing Satan’s Lies
1. Guard your heart
One of the best ways we can protect ourselves from Satan’s lies is to guard our hearts.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that our heart is “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Our emotions are God-given, but we can allow our emotions to be influenced by false thoughts and false beliefs. Satan loves to use this weakness as an area to attack us. He wants to sway our feelings towards false beliefs and take our thoughts off of God’s character. We see him tempting Eve in this way in the garden (Genesis 3).
Satan uses false teachers to sway us from believing sound doctrine.
Matthew 24 paints a chilling picture of what Jesus told his disciples the last days would be like. He said:
At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm in the end will be saved. And the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24 10-14
This is happening now. The truth of the gospel is being changed to suit what people want the Bible to say.
Preach the word, be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instructions. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist.
2 Timothy 4:2-5
I received a message on my IG account from somebody who was impersonating another account. She said looking at my picture required a lot of her energy and then offered me her psychic services to gain insight.
At first, I didn’t know she was impersonating an account I followed.
I’m a Christian and obviously want my picture to show the joy of the Lord, not drain someone’s energy. Instead of second-guessing myself, I discerned where this message was coming from, and it is definitely not a place God wants me to open my heart or mind to.
Christians have no place using, listening to, or watching psychics and mediums.
The Bible gives many warnings against listening to psychics or mediums. Don’t be fooled by their canny ways to draw you in. Remember the Bible says that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
And no wonder, for Satan himself, masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14
Here is a list of verses warning against using mediums:
Satan uses false teachers, and psychics to cause you to doubt the truth of God and who you are in Christ.
Stay tuned for the next post where I will explore what the Bible says about guarding our hearts.
2. Stand firm in the faith
“Therefore my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”1 Corinthians 15:58
If you have people in your life discouraging you from pursuing God’s calling on your life, then ask the Lord to help reveal to you the truth and give you wisdom.
Sometimes our own friends and family members may not understand what God is calling us to do. We must be careful to love and serve our family, without allowing anyone to tear down the person God created us to be.
When we stand firm, we commit ourselves to full obedience to God and fill our minds with the truth found in the Bible.
How do we stand firm in the faith?
“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:12
This is such wonderful news! We have the gift of the Holy Spirit working in and for us. We need to allow our minds to believe the truth of who we are so it can reach our hearts. Our faith in God helps us stand firm. Once we make the decision to stand firm, God helps us to do it.
Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us we can be strong in our faith and stand against the devil’s schemes when we put on the armor of God.
When we fill our minds with who God is by reading the Bible, we stand firm in our faith.
We stand firm in our faith by praying and maintaining a close relationship with the Lord.
We stand firm in our faith when we trust God by obeying him when he calls us to minister to others.
We stand firm when we confess our fears and face them.
We stand firm when we fear God more than our own fears.
We stand firm when we allow the Holy Spirit to help us.
“We work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.” 2 Corinthians 1:24
3. Be Courageous
Paul encouraged the Corinthians to be courageous in standing against false teachers and dealing with sin in the congregation.
Sometimes it takes courage to stand up for what is right. We also need to know what the truth is in order to discern when teaching is false, misused or taken out of context.
When we seek to know and understand who God is by studying his word, the Holy Spirit helps us discern the truth.
4. Be Strong
We are weak. But when we let God use our weakness to show His power we shield Satan from allowing our weakness to hinder our purpose for Christ. The Holy Spirit gives us the strength we need to live our lives for his glory.
5. Do everything in love
If I could speak all the language of the earth and of angels but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1
Don’t be a clanging cymbal! If you are trying to stand firm in the truth you must do it with love. Otherwise, this warns others to NOT listen to you. When we are spreading the good news of Jesus, we must make sure we do it in love and with grace towards others. Jesus said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another” (John 13:35)
Share in the comments other ways to protect yourself from believing satan’s lies.
Stay tuned for another post about what the Bible says about guarding our hearts? How do we do it? What do we guard our hearts against?