Why hath Satan hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost? (Acts 5:3)
Nothing is more important in your thought life than TRUTH. Truth is liberating (John 8:32)! Untruth leads to bondage. The reason so many people are in bondage to fear… anger… depression… bitterness… etc is they are believing Satan’s lies instead of believing what God says is true.
The battleground is your mind and thought life (2 Cor. 10:3-5). It starts when you entertain wrong thoughts. These false thoughts are Satan’s lies that lead to spiritual bondage.
Satan is shrewd. He disguises his lies so they go undetected. He will suggest a false thought to your mind and deceive you into thinking the thought is your own, and not from Satan. For example, Ananias and Sapphira got an idea to sell some property and give a portion of the money to the church, but pretend they were giving the entire selling price. They thought this plan to keep “back part of the price” was their own personal plan (Acts 5:2). But Peter detected this was a strategy of Satan (Acts 5:3). That is one of Satan’s most effective strategy’s—Mask his temptations in the guise of your own thoughts.
You see this strategy again in the case when Satan provoked David to David to number Israel (1 Chron. 21:1). David thought this was his own idea when it really came from Satan. If he knew this was Satan’s plan he wouldn’t have done it!
Beware of Satan’s lies. They will often come to you wearing a “mask”— The mask of yourself! The only way to detect the devil’s lies is by confronting them with truth.
David smote the Philistines, and subdued them: and David took Metheg–ammah out of the hand of the Philistines. —2 Samuel 8:1
David strings together five successive victories over Israel’s enemies in 2 Samuel 8. We can learn some spiritual lessons from David’s strategy in fighting battles for God. A good example is David’s conquest of Metheg-ammah. Metheg-ammah was the key city of Philistia, called Gath in 1 Chronicles 18:1.
The first lesson is David took out the biggest and strongest first. Metheg-ammah literally means “bridle of the mother city.” As a bridle is used to control a horse, this city controlled the entire area of the Philistia. David figured if he could take out the Philistine capital, the rest of the cities would be no problem.
Second, David took out one enemy at a time—David did not use a “shotgun” approach—He used the snipper approach and picked off each city individually, starting with the main one.
The spiritual lesson we can learn is to confront the most difficult sin in our life first. Hebrews 12:1 says, “…let us lay aside every weight, and THE SIN which doth so easily beset us.” Notice, “THE SIN,” singular. There is some sin in each of our lives that is stronger than the rest. It EASILY trips us up. It is “THE SIN” that leads to more of our spiritual defeats than any other. It is “the Metheg-ammah” sin that causes most of our problems. It is like a “bridle” that controls many other areas of our life. That sin could be an action… an attitude… or even another person.
If we can conquer that “Metheg-ammah” sin in our lives, other problem areas of our life will be more easily overcome.
What is the Metheg-ammah in your life? Focus on removing that “bridle” sin first. Once that enemy is subdued, station a garrison in that area of your life lest the enemy come and retake that ground (see 2 Sam. 6:6, 14).
The Christian Warrior
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. —Ephesians 6:12
Every Christian is a soldier in a war… Not a war of flesh and blood, but a spiritual warfare. Read Ephesians 6:10-18 we see a picture of the Christian warrior and the weapons with which he fights.
First, consider the WARRIOR himself. You cannot wage war against the enemy with military uniforms—There must be men inside them! So, what about the Christian soldier? He must “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” He draws his strength from the Lord. This is a spiritual battle and must be fought with spiritual power.
Next, consider the WEAPONS from the spiritual armory. The warrior’s weapons are not physical, but dispositions of the spirit. He fights with “truth… righteousness… peace… faith… salvation… the Word of God… and prayer.” There is nothing more powerful than these. A sword will fail where a courtesy will prevail. We can “kill” our enemies with kindness. A warrior on his knees in prayer will fend off any Satanic assault.
Onward Christian soldier— “Put on the whole armour of God!”