Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
I set out this year to read through the Bible chronologically. Right now, in Jeremiah, there has been a prevailing theme:
Discern who’s doing the talking.
During this time in Israel’s history, there were prophets who rose up and tried to steer the king and the people. They would say, “Thus saith the Lord…” when the Lord had not said. Jeremiah warned of these saying;
Jeremiah 28:9 “The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly sent him.”
In the last 100 years, there have been false prophets rise up and say the end of the world is coming… and we are still here. Their words proved false as it did not come to pass. It may be easier to disbelieve something so fantastical, but what happens when what they say is so close to the truth?
You and I sin. It will be the battle for every saved child of God as long as we live in this flesh. If we do not have the truth about our sin and are grounded biblically, we will be deceived by our enemy into believing a lie. How many of us have heard the lies of Satan?
“God doesn’t care about you”
“You are a loser”
“Why would God want someone who fails as often as you do?”
“You must not be saved if you keep sinning”
“Why would God want to help someone like you?”
I could go on and on with his lies and I am sure many of you could add to the list things that the enemy has spoken to your mind. The only successful way to overcome these attacks is when we use the Word of God to counter the lies he speaks to our minds. God reminds us to hide His Word in our hearts.
Psalms 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
The act of memorization and the meditation on a truth is a very powerful tool against the lies of our enemy. We might hear or speak to our heart;
“God doesn’t love me”
We combat it with:
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
We commit some sin and we hear or tell ourselves;
“How could God love me or accept me if I have done…?”
Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
God knew we would be prone to failure. He sent Hosea to tell His people;
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”
What we do not know CAN hurt us!
When answers to prayers don’t come, what do you do?
Prayer is often the proving ground for intent.
How bad do you want an answer?
Do you have someone who needs comfort? Healing? Deliverance?
Would you be willing to pray until an answer came? Could you pray even when the emotion and passion for the thing for which you are praying has all but gone?
We don’t persevere in prayer because our faith falters. We hear the voice of the enemy saying;
“Why would God want to answer you?”
“They will never be saved!” or…
“What could your measly, little prayer do for them?”
It is then we pull out the big guns and recite them in our hearts:
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
We bring God’s Word back to Him and remind Him;
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
Isaiah 45:11 “Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.”
When you and I take the time to meditate and memorize God’s Word, we are building an arsenal against the lies of the devil. We cannot let what he says become what we say to ourselves.
We feel guilt and shame for the sin we commit. He uses that to leverage his lie. God has given us a remedy:
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
My forgiveness and the mercy He extends is based upon the faithfulness and justice of Almighty God, not my worthiness.
So, when the lies rise up in our hearts, we must combat them with the truth of the Word of God.
Meditate on it and it will become not just a piece of knowledge, but a mighty weapon to pull down the strongholds of lies we have told ourselves over the years.