Guys, Satan knows.
He knows exactly when you are at your weakest and at your strongest. He knows when you are closest to God and attacks even harder then. He knows when you are doing things for God’s kingdom and following His will, which he so despises.
This is something I’ve felt so much over the last few days, weeks, and even months. He knows that I am trying to find my confidence in God alone. He knows that I am trying to falling in love with Christ more and more each day.
He doesn’t like this at all.
I have to be honest with you guys. Even though I’ve experienced this incredible change in my life, which you can read about here, I feel Satan attacking even harder, and I have time after time taken the bait – temptations which I have often given into and thoughts that have torn me down.
Y’all, to say the least, it really bugs me that I can’t be perfect, and I don’t know why. Though, I do have a hunch that it’s all Satan.
Like I said, he knows. He knows my exact weaknesses and knows how to weaken me even more. He knows that I have a weakness in self-worth. He knows I have a tendency to be a perfectionist. He knows exactly what impure thoughts to put in my head to cause me stumble. Satan knows how to make me feel insignificant.
I’ve been reading this book lately called Appointed – by the way, I recommend every woman to read this. In the first chapter, the author, Autumn Miles, talks about Adam & Eve’s story and Satan’s involvement in it. She mentions how Satan made Eve feel insignificant in the eyes of God to the point that she questioned everything (see Genesis 3). Because of this weakness and insignificant thoughts Eve had, Satan tempted her at her weakest point, which caused sin to enter the world forever.
This is literally Satan’s “oldest trick in the book,” and, believe me, he is still using it today.
I think Satan makes us feel as if we were insignificant in God’s eyes and takes advantage of us at that weak point, and I’ve seen him doing this to me a lot lately.
I can really relate to what Paul talks about in Romans 7:15.
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”
Paul then goes on to talk about how it is “sin living in him” (7:20) that is causing him to do the things he doesn’t want to do.
When Satan has me at my weak point and I stumble, he then reminds me repeatedly that I’m not and never will or can be perfect. He knows this ticks me off.
Guys, right now, I’m so fired up about Satan’s schemes it’s not even funny. I’m tired of living this lie that I have to be perfect for God to accept me, and I know it’s all Satan’s doing.
At the end of Romans 7, Paul brings a little bit of light into the darkness.
“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
For some reason, I can’t seem to fully wrap my head and heart around this concept, and like I mentioned earlier, it’s all Satan’s doing.
Satan doesn’t want me to believe in this! He doesn’t want me to believe I am saved and that all of the times I have stumbled and will stumble doesn’t matter.
I do know that I am not alone; although, Satan likes to make me think I am. I have people supporting me that Satan attacks, and you do too! I also have Jesus who was tempted by everything I am and had the God-given strength to overcome.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
God knows each and every one of Satan’s schemes and has heard them all before. He will help us when we need it, and we NEED to rely on His strength alone! We can not do this on our own.
I want to bring it back to Romans 8, one of my favorite chapters in the whole Bible.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met for us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
God knows I can’t be perfect, so he sent Jesus who was without sin to become sin and take care of all sin for everyone. Sin has been defeated!
Guys, there is, however, something very important that Satan knows. I think he knows that he has already been defeated but keeps trying so hard to take that victory away from God.
Do you want to know something really cool and comforting?
THE VICTORY CANNOT BE TAKEN.
I truly pray that we will all begin to fathom how much God loves us and know that we don’t have to be perfect for Him.
In that book I mentioned earlier, Autumn writes this one section that has stuck in my mind since the moment I read it. She asks us if we have ever wanted a relationship that was nonjudgmental and loving, a relationship where you don’t have to impress the other and they love you even with your many flaws. She definitely described this better than I can, but this was the part that stood out to me the most.
Well y’all, we have an opportunity for that relationship, and the one that offers it to us is waiting with His arms wide open just hoping that we will come running into them.
We can have that relationship with Jesus! I absolutely love that Autumn says that we don’t have to impress Him and that He loves us even with my flaws.
I believe we are always going to be on this journey, fighting Satan’s temptations and learning to fall in love with Christ more and more.
But for now, all I know is to take it one day at a time, rely on Christ always, pray constantly, and never give up.
I love each one of you and am always here if you want to chat about anything and everything. However, God does this a ton better.
Always remember, that you ARE significant, despite what Satan makes you think.