Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
Do you ever get these voices from somewhere within that nag at you, or remind you of dumb things you have done? And, do you ever have things happen and someone else comes at you with the voice of the enemy? For me, it’s echos of the words of the ‘mean girls’ that I grew up around, or the insults of one of my brothers putting down at every chance. And there are others close to me, that when times of stress come, that say the words of the enemy. They say things that I don’t need to hear, things that pull me down, and are words of anger and blame.
This is not what God thinks of us. God calls out to us words of truth about ourselves, about those around us, about our past, and about His plans for us. In fact, Zephaniah 3:17 that He “exults over us with loud singing.” God quiets us with His love and sings songs over us because He loves us.
The voice of the enemy lies, taunts, and casts seeds of doubt. In Isaiah 36, there is the account of where Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, was taunting the Jews and King Hezekiah. In Isaiah 36:14-18, Sennacherib sent messengers to taunt the people of Judah: “Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you! Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord…when he says ‘The Lord will deliver you,’ don’t believe him.”
Satan and his demons will tell you the same lies, either taunting your thoughts or through the statements of others. They are things like, “The Lord doesn’t love you…He doesn’t hear your prayers…Look at you–you’re a mess. Who do you think you are?” 1 Peter 5:8 describes Satan as an adversary who “prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour, and John 10:10 as the thief who steals, kills and destroys.
Our response: In Isaiah 36:21 we find, “But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king said, ‘Do not answer him.’” Don’t negotiate with terrorists. Don’t answer Satan and get into a debate. Speak truth out loud. John 8:44 tells us “Satan was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with 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.”
Learn fighting words. Jesus told Peter who said that He must never go to the cross, “Get thee behind me Satan,” in Matthew 16:23. We must tell Satan the same thing. As James 4:7 states, “Resist the devil and he will flee.” Tell him to get lost in the name of Jesus. Revelation 12:10-11 calls Satan the accuser of our brothers who accuses them day and night before God, but they conquered him by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony. If you have called out to God to redeem your past, it is covered by the blood of the lamb. Speak what God has done out loud, and don’t give Satan any hidden secrets to blackmail you with.
The voice of the enemy condemns. Satan will whisper lies about you not being forgiven, that God promises are for everyone else but you, that you don’t deserve God’s love, that you’re nothing but a schmuck…When you believe those lies and have nothing but self contempt and anger, he’s got you right where he wants you. You may think that whatever bad happens is because it’s your fault, or that you deserve only calamity, that things will never work out, that something bad is lurking and you live with fear, worry and untrusting thoughts.
Because you believe those words about yourself, if you do, then you are quick to say those things to others when the pressure is on. Matthew 12:35 reports, “The good person brings good things out of the good stored up in him and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.” I’m not calling you evil, but if you don’t kick those thoughts out of your innermost being, that’s what comes out.
Immerse yourself in truth that sinks into what you truly believe about yourself. Psalm 51:6 says, “Behold You delight in truth in my inner being, and You teach me wisdom in the secret place (or secret heart).” If I kick out the lies of the enemy in the core of my being and store up God’s truth about myself, about others and about the character of God–that’s what will come out in times of pressure. When a toothpaste tube is squeezed, what is inside comes out.
The voice of truth, words from the Bible, tells us:
- I will never leave or forsake you. Hebrews 13:5
- We are His masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
- There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
- Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. Romans 8:35
- If you confess your sin, God is faithful and just and will forgive your sin and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
- We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Philippians 4:13
- God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but of power, love, and sound judgment. 2 Timothy 1:7
This is a great song by Ellie Holcomb, called “Fighting Words.” Check it out: