I have a secret that only one other person knows about. It’s a secret I’ve kept for years and years, without any intention of revealing it to others. This is in part because it is so utterly, completely embarrassing, but mostly because I forgot about it until I was getting ready for work the other morning.
Before I reveal this secret to you, I ask, no beg that you don’t judge me. This was a long time ago and I was young and naive. I didn’t know what I was doing.
Okay, enough prefacing. Here it goes…
When I was in college, maybe a freshman or sophomore, I was looking for a part-time job at the beginning of summer break. I wasn’t looking for just any old job, though. I wanted a job where I could work from the comfort of my parents’ home. So, naturally, I googled “work from home jobs.” Many hits came up, but one in particular caught my eye. I should have known better… it was on the right-hand side of the screen. It was just so promising, though. “Make $50 an hour from home!” I only had to make a one-time payment of $100 to this booming, super successful company and I would receive a manual on how to make bank using their foolproof software. SOLD. What person wouldn’t want to earn $50 an hour from home? I did the calculations in my head and figured I could pay off my Honda Civic in a few short weeks and then have a nice nest egg for the school year. Plus, the testimonials were so convincing!
Days later I received my “instructions” in the mail on how to go about making all this money (I think it had something to do with ad placements and clicks, but I don’t remember exactly what it was). Within reading one page of the packet I knew. I had been tricked, scammed, duped. And I felt like such an idiot. Why would I ever believe something that was so obviously too good to be true? (I promise I’m actually a pretty competent, capable person… this was a low point.)
I wish I could say I haven’t been fooled like that since then, but sadly I have. My bets are that you have, too. I may not have fallen for another get-rich-quick scam; however, I have been tricked by the evil one. Some very popular and common lies Satan enjoys whispering in our ears include telling us we are insignificant, unloved, unattractive, and that God cannot satisfy our every need.
Some other lies Satan tells us are not as easily recognizable, however. Consider the following:
- Comparing yourself or your work to someone else will motivate you to do better. (LIE)
- You need to clean up your life by yourself first before you turn to God. (LIE)
- It is better to be unequally yoked to a non-believer than to spend the rest of your life alone. (LIE)
- Accepting help will make you look weak or incapable. (LIE)
- A clean house and perfectly behaved kids are the key indicators you are a good parent. (LIE)
- Things are going well in life which means God is about to give you something difficult. (LIE)
Can you see how sly and cunning those are? We know in scripture (and through experience) that “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Satan knows our weaknesses and uses them against us over and over. At the same time, God knows our weaknesses, too. He wants us to turn to Him so that His power can be made perfect in those weaknesses (see 2 Corinthians 12:6-10 on how Paul delights in his weaknesses for this very reason).
I don’t mean to get preachy here, but we need to be alert against the devil’s schemes by standing firm in our faith (1 Peter 5:9). I know that when I fall for his lies, nine times out of ten it’s because I’m not spending time in the Word and in prayer. The Word needs to be ingrained in our hearts and minds, and we need to be communicating with our Father!
What lies have you believed lately? Combat those lies by turning to scripture and speaking the truth out loud. Write it down and post it to the mirror, your dashboard, your desk. Letter and share it (because I can guarantee others need to see the same truth, too!). Best of all, memorize a verse that will help you fight the evil one, because we know that our greatest weapon is the Word of God. Blessings, friends, and keep fighting the good fight!
Lettering by Sarah Boulware of @letterseed.