Three Reasons to Listen to the Enemy

Written by on March 14, 2013

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Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7, ESV)

Pay attention to the enemy of your soul. He’s got something you need.

Following the car accident in February, I was laid up with leg, back, neck, and facial injuries.  By March, I was restless. I couldn’t even get comfortable in bed. I was just plain stuck.

I told Tim, “This morning I didn’t want to get up. The pain is winning.” My head dropped to my chest.

But I listened for Jesus’ voice.  I heard Him whisper, “Those thoughts are not yours.  The enemy is in your head.”

How do we wage war? By listening to the enemy. Here are three reasons:

1.) The enemy will show you where on the battlefield to fight.

When we hear, “I’m not making any progress,” we need to look for growth.

When I said, “I’m not getting better,” I frowned at the bald-faced lie. “Hey,” I said, “No wonder I’m under attack. I’m about to improve!” Determined, I hobbled down the stairs and worked out on my exercise bike. I stretched my leg muscles and felt a surge of energy in my body. The next day, instead of two crutches, I was on one.

2. Like negatives from a camera, the enemy shows you the reverse of the truth.

Picture a series of photos being developed in a darkroom. What’s black turns white. What’s red becomes green.  What’s yellow is soon purple. What’s blue will become orange.  When the enemy shows us an image, we need to declare its precise opposite.

I caught myself saying, “I feel lonely and isolated.” But then I glanced at the stack of get-well-soon cards and meals friends had dropped off. “NO!” I said aloud. “I have lots of friends! And I am a good friend!”

I determined to write two letters each night, encouraging friends.

3.) The enemy unwittingly drops hints that point to our future.

When I looked in the mirror, I thought, “Look at the swelling over my eye. What a loser!”

But instead, I looked ahead to what God was shaping me to become. I said aloud, “I’m a winner! And so are my friends and family.” I doubled my words of encouragement to them. They told me they were uplifted and strengthened.

And now the enemy was no longer in my head. I grinned, leaned forward and asked, “What else have you got?”

He scowled and backed away. “Forget it.”

What lies from the enemy are pointing you to the Truth?

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Comments
  1. Bonnie   On   March 15, 2013 at 11:01 am

    What lies you ask? Oh, I really struggle with worry.
    We have to keep coming back to the Lord and focus on HIM. Oh, my Lord you are my strength!
    Lord, it is hard. I want to be in control of situations and I am not.
    Your time is perfect Lord, hold fast to me and my weakness.

    • Lynn Hare   On   March 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Bonnie, yeah, I love that Christ is our strength. Today I’m praying for us to get free of worry. Relying on Him looks easy, but can be quite the arduous journey. Your kind words and prayers have sustained me. I appreciate you!

    • Lynn Hare   On   March 16, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      Thank you, Lisa. I hate the lies. Wish they were easy to throw out and keep out! Still learning how to do that.

  2. Cathy   On   March 16, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Yay! Such triumph. I LOVE this Lynn. Praise God you are feeling better! Thank you so much for this blog post. Such imagery and wonder. I love you Lynn.

    Love, Cathy

  3. Bernieta   On   March 16, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    That is very good insight and reading. You do a wonderful job at your writings and I really enjoy them and get a lot of info I can use for myself. I am glad that you are doing better and you have gotten the enemy to flee. It is nice to know that you have good friends that are helping you. Take care and continue to take it easy.

    Your friend, Bernieta

    • Lynn Hare   On   March 21, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      I’m doing better because of the prayers of genuine, faithful friends like you. Thank you for your kind words!

  4. Jeannie Brown   On   March 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Haven’t forgotten you in prayer Lynn.
    Glad the flowers cheered you. Listening to
    the enemy for insight into how the H.S.
    is at work is a marvelous and inspiring
    insight. . The lie that the Father of lies
    told me that I would never win this
    battle, and now i claim by the victory
    won by Jesus on the cross that the truth
    is today I am living the victory. Praise You
    Holy Almighty God Love you sister Jeannie

    • Lynn Hare   On   March 21, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Jeannie, yes, you ARE a victor in Christ. Glad you’re beside me in the winner’s circle. Thank you so much for praying! I love you.

  5. jane West   On   March 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Wow! Lynn, what an inspiring message. It’s so true; especially because it really happened. It happened to you, and it happens to all of us. YES! We are heirs of the Kingdom, and the Spirit resides in us. We don’t need to listen to those nasty lies. I’m so pleased for you! Keep going, girl! God loves you SO-o-o-o much.

  6. Sam Hall   On   January 2, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Inspiring. We need to be thinking this way. We believe too many lies of the enemy. Actually, believing ANY of his lies is too many.
    To avoid the deceiver’s traps, we must know the Word–drink it in, meditate on it, while always looking to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith. Praise his Blessed Name!

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 5, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Sam, I love what you said about knowing the Word so we can avoid enemy traps. To know truth is to know freedom in its purest form.

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