Being an ex-addict is a peculiar thing. There are patterns and behaviors you have taught yourself for so many years that you don’t even realize they are dysfunctional. Most of which are so common place to you that you don’t want someone telling you they are incorrect or off the mark. One thing is certain. We cannot trust our own judgements and perceptions where addiction is concerned. The tricks we play on ourself and those around us are too great.
Yes, we really think we have a handle on things. But these self-taught behaviors can be extremely damaging to us as individuals and to those around us. Some of the traits I had mastered as a devotee to drugs included lying, deception and delusion. I continually twisted the truth to suit my current need. I could deceive almost anyone to believe my lies. And I had deluded myself into believing my own untruths.
…. He (the Devil) was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies John 8:44
No lies come from God. He couldn’t lie if he wanted to. If God were to tell a lie He would cease to be God at that very moment. Even if you tell a little “white lie” or stretch the truth to cover something up or maybe don’t give the whole truth to protect someone’s feelings, a lie is a lie. When we lie to our self or we mislead our self. We have joined into the deception of the Devil.
Satan, aka the Devil, is real. He is as real as you or me. HE IS AS REAL AS GOD! He also has a job. His profession is to misinform you, to con you, to swindle and betray you. His line of business is to lead you away from God’s business!
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
You see, he is real, he is out there and he wants to overcome you, overwhelm you, demolish you and dispose of your relationship with God. He wants to consume you. If you let him he will eat your lunch!
If you think about the good qualities of God and His love, you can trust and believe that Satan’s nature and personality is the opposite. The scripture below talks about the true love of God. Some of my favorite scripture from the Bible!
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
I want to take this scripture and use it as a backdrop to tell you who the Devil really is. I suppose one of the best ways to defeat an enemy would be to know them. To know who they are, how they think and how they operate. First let me tell you what Satan is not. He is not a little red creature with horns, a split tongue and a forked tail. With that in mind, always remember that the Devil is impatient and unkind. He is jealous, boasts about himself and what he can do, he is proud, arrogant and rude. He always wants his own way. Satan is very irritable. He will jog your memory every time you do something wrong. Constantly reminding you that you sinned and have fallen short of God. The Devil celebrates injustice and is disgruntled when truth prevails. The Evil One will always give up. He has no faith or hope in God and He knows that he cannot endure the battle against God. One other thing, Satan knows that this battle against God and His creation is already OVER!
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10
When Christ Jesus gave His life on the cross, He defeated Satan and death. That’s how God can promise us eternal life with Him. He gave us power over sin. He also gave us the power to realize when we are wrong. The power to be forgiven. Remember in Genesis after God had created everything and said it was all good? And then the “serpent” came along and tempted Adam and Eve? Let me show you in Revelation what happens to “the serpent”.
Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels. And the dragon lost the battle, and he and his angels were forced out of heaven. This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels. Revelation 12:7-9
He seized the dragon—that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years. The angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations anymore until the thousand years were finished. Afterward he must be released for a little while. Revelation 20:2,3
The story is already written. The end is already established. The VICTORY is already won. And the end is near.
Let me leave you with one more scripture.
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. 2 Corinthians 4:4-10
If you are trapped by sin and feel like you can’t shake free. If you feel like you are in prison and escape. If you feel like you are in a place where there is no hope. Trust that Jesus Christ, God’s own son, came to earth, was tempted just as we all are but overcame in all things. Believe that He was sacrificed as a compensation so that we don’t have to die in our sins. Accept Jesus into your life as Savior and Master. Confess your sins and faults to Him. There is forgiveness for all your wrongs, no matter how big or small. You can live a victorious life!
Please say this prayer with me
Heavenly Father, I know I have wronged myself, others and especially you. I know that these wrongs have separated me from you. I want to be right with you God. I no longer want to live my life enslaved to every whim the Devil throws my way. Please wash me clean from my sins and short comings through the blood of Jesus. I accept Christ into my life. Teach me to walk in your ways. Show me what it is like to have peace in my life. Help me to have your light and love in my being and to share it with everyone around me. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN
If you have prayed this prayer for the first time or the one hundredth time and have sincerely made a commitment to Jesus I welcome you into the Family of God! You are a new creation and a child of God. Being a child of The Most High comes with many privileges and an inheritance that is almost beyond anything we can imagine. Please seek out a Bible believing and teaching church. Make new friends there. Get to know the Pastor. Get a Bible and read it. Pray! Simple conversations with God can help you to understand what the Bible says and what His will for your life is.
If you don’t know where to turn, please leave me a message and I will be more than happy to give you some Christian guidance and encouragement.
My sincere prayer is that everyone receives Christ as Lord and Savior and lives a victorious life free of controlling issues and a life that glorifies our Father in Heaven. Blessings to you all!!!