He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
My storytellers can be people around me but I can also be one as I process things with or without God. Satan is also a storyteller and I will be lied to. His default language is lies. A default language is what someone speaks instinctively. Satan lives and breathes falsehood. In our justice system, someone is considered innocent until proven guilty. But with the devil, I better realize that he is always guilty. The paradigm is flipped.
If he’s whispering his version of my own story in my ears, how will I know it? He will say anything that puts me in bondage. The most important thing on his agenda is to corrupt my trust in God. The lies usually start with that goal in mind. “See, your faith is in vain. God can’t be trusted. You’re foolish to believe His promises. They’re not for you.” On it goes. If trust is breached, my relationship is fractured to the point where I am left completely vulnerable. If I shut my ears to God, they’re wide open for someone else to fill them.
If I want to know if I’ve succumbed to the enemy’s re-write of my own story, I need to look for the symptoms that point to the lies; despair, hopelessness, depression, unresolved anger, jealousy, futility. If any of these have taken over my soul, I can be sure there has been an editor from the pits of hell interpreting my story. I need to be on guard, take every thought captive, and remember that life is one sifting exercise after another. Thoughts come in ~ I examine them ~ then I keep them or throw them away.
I used to believe that certain events, or certain people, ruined parts of my life. It wasn’t true. Yes, they caused pain but it was my interpretation of the events and what I concluded about myself and God that put me in long term bondage. Jesus was never tormented about who His Father was. He never stopped believing that He was God’s beloved Son. He was never trapped by futility and despair. Though He suffered more than any human being, He never believed lies about his pain. He knew that everything He suffered was redemptive and would lead to glory.
Each of us need to figure out where we’ve been lied to and renounce it. We will have a list of things to discard. We will be telling God, “I used to believe ‘that’ but I renounce it as a lie. Now, I believe ‘this’.” I state the lie and replace it with a truth-telling scripture. The enemy’s stronghold is broken, legal ground is taken back, and abundant life and freedom become mine.
The only version I crave, and will believe, is Yours. Amen