Psalm 119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
Today’s devotional is the second of a 3 part series inspired by “Winning the War in your Mind” by Pastor Craig Groeschel.” You can also find the book here
My Page 10 Highlight: “You cannot change what you cannot confront.”
What does it mean to confront? It means to face up to and deal with a problem or difficulty.
Following yesterday’s point of identifying lies, today I would like to share about how we can confront the lies we have identified.
#1: Read the Word
Psalm 119:9-12 says,
‘How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
Blessed are you, O Lord;
teach me your statutes!’
To guard something means to protect it. There are many lies from the enemy, Satan, which are used to distract us from the truth which is from God.
God promised that we may have life, and have it abundantly, but the enemy’s aim is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) everything and everyone God cares about. This includes you and me.
It is therefore important for us to be familiar with the Word of God so that we can stand on firm ground and discern what is from God and what isn’t.
#2: Replace the lies by declaring the Word
Psalm 119:13 says, ‘With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth.’
Reading is only the first step. Understanding and declaring the Word is essential in fighting the lies that we encounter. By doing so we cling onto what God has lovingly told us through the Word and internalise it, letting it take root in us.
Declaring the Word, dear friend, is as simple as speaking verses that counteract the lies over ourselves. It might sound futile, but there is power in our speech! Proverbs 18:21 assures us that ‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.’
The more we speak the Word over ourselves, the more we are speaking life over ourselves! And the more we speak the Word over ourselves, the more we fight the lies and the more we begin to believe the truth!
#3: Persevere with vigilance
1 Peter 5:8-11 says that we are to ‘Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.’
We might not be able to change what we confront immediately, but God is with us throughout the process.
One of the marks of a true Christian is to be patient in tribulation (Romans 12:12) and remember, the Lord hears your cries as you choose to confront what is not pleasing to Him.
It will require you to go on your knees in desperation multiple times, asking God for the strength to resist the temptation of sin. It will require many days of reading His Word to better understand His truth.
However, it will be worth it because Jesus has already redeemed you through the cross, crucifixion and resurrection.
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Which of today’s three main points do you struggle with the most? Ask God what practical things you can put into place to overcome the struggle and to continue being victorious over the enemy’s lies.
- Read the Word
- Replace the lies by declaring the Word
- Persevere with vigilance
Please make known to me what is not pleasing to You through the reading of Your Word. There are many lies around me. Let me not wander from what Your Word says about me, about You, about those around me and about this life.
The road ahead might be long. Please teach me to be patient and choose not to give up. I trust that You will sustain me.
May I find delight in reading Your Word and declare it over my life.
In Jesus’ Name,
Pray for our world as a whole today. Pray for the Gospel to be preached all over it, that many may experience freedom in Christ!