Luke 12:6-7 “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
Mankind has three fundamental needs:
To be loved
To be accepted
To be secure
Our enemy, Satan, seeks to strike at the heart of each of these needs.
As sinful creatures, we have a weak point that can be exploited. Our fallible nature opens us up to scrutiny when we fail. The devil comes with his accusations:
“How could God love someone who said what you or did what you did?”
“God cannot love someone like you.”
“God has forgotten you.”
Our response to these attacks must be with the Word of God. Jesus Himself was tempted in the desert and used God’s Word to battle the accusations of Satan.
Matthew 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
God’s Word is a sword that cuts away the lies of the devil.
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Our enemy strikes at our weaknesses to pull us away from the source of our strength. He makes us feel worthless and undesirable. If we remain in our sin, Satan will bombard our hearts until we begin to believe his lies.
Any belief system based upon a lie is called a stronghold. Often, we are held in these bonds unknowingly or unwittingly. Some strongholds are placed on us as children, and we must break free by God’s power.
Using God’s Word to strike at the heart of Satan’s lies comes from drawing close to Him in a relationship through prayer.
James 4:7-8 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
Submission first, resist the devil and then draw nigh. God’s order always works.
Learning what God thinks of us, His love for us, and His view of our relationship can defeat the lies we begin to tell ourselves.
Luke 12:27-28 “Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?”
Christ struck at the heart of the problem when He said, “O ye of little faith?”
Faith is the key to successful Christian living. The confidence needed in this spiritual battle must be alive and based upon God’s Word. We go through trials and tribulations aplenty. It will not end until we are loosed from this earthly body and given a new body, clothed with His righteousness in Heaven.
Faith that is not daily fed and gathers no evidence to support it will falter and fail on the battlefield of life. We have been given everything we need to overcome this life. It will not be easy – nothing worth anything ever is.
Our focus must remain on our Savior. Our path must be guided and directed by the One who foreordained it before the foundation of the world.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Let us not be distracted by the cares of this life. God promised to meet our every need.
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
May we seek what God desires and focus solely on that.
Luke 12:29-31 “And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
In doing so, we can know that we are truly loved, accepted, and secure!