Joyce Meyer - Ways The Devil Deceives Us
How many of you know the devil's alive and well on the planet? And you know, it's not that I just enjoy talking about the devil but, to be honest, every once in a while, we need to because for some reason, as much as we know, we kind of forget that he's behind a lot of the stuff that's going on in the world and in our lives.
I have to tell you that I went to church for a lot of years and I never heard a message about Satan. I never heard a message about the devil. I don't even know that he was even talked about that much.
To me, I guess the devil was just a Halloween character where a kid put on a red suit and carried a pitchfork and had a long tail and some pointed ears. You know, I had no idea that a lot of my problems and the issues that I was dealing with were from an enemy, an evil enemy, that hated God and hated anybody who was trying to serve God.
And even when I did discover that Satan was a real entity which I found through reading a book, actually it's an old book still in print called "Satan is alive and well on planet earth," and I was, like, "Wow!" it was like an eye-opener for me. But even then, I had no idea that I had any authority over him or that I could do anything about it.
And so we need to realize that once we recognize what the enemy's doing, we don't have to just put up with it, c'mon, "Huh, I don't know what to do."
Well, I'm gonna tell you today. That's why you're here, okay? But, you know, I wrote a book years ago called "Battlefield of the mind", and it's still our number one book. We call that book the energizer bunny, it just keeps selling, keeps selling, and keeps selling. And it's because we all want peace of mind and we know that our mind gives us a lot of trouble.
No matter how much we learn about this, every day I still have to take authority over wrong thoughts. I still have to cast down wrong ones and choose right ones. Does anybody else still have to do that every day of your life, okay?
Well, that's being vigilant. When you do that, that's one of the ways that you resist the enemy. You don't just, "Whatever, you know." You think the way you know that God wants you to think, speak the way you believe God wants you to speak, and it actually changes things in your life.
So Satan is a liar. That's the first thing we've gotta realize. A liar. The father of lies. The truth is not in him. He cannot do anything but lie. So it's interesting to me.
I remember a woman coming one time for prayer and she said, "I am so upset, Joyce. I really need your prayer. The devil's been lying to me." And then she told me what her problem was. And I didn't say this to her but I thought later, "Okay, the lady said she knew it was the devil. She knew he was lying to her, and yet, she was upset about it."
So we obviously don't really believe that he's a liar or we wouldn't believe anything that he says. Does the devil ever tell you you're no good? Well, why do you believe that? That's just a lie from the pit of hell. God says you're valuable, you're precious, He loves you, He's got a good plan for your life. He created you uniquely in your mother's womb.
You ever hear the devil say, "Oh, you're all alone. Nobody cares about you"? Well, that's not true because God says, "I will never leave you. I will never forsake you. But, lo, I am with you always, even unto the ends of the earth."
I can tell you the things that I'm sharing with you today about thoughts and words and coming against these lies of Satan is one of the main things that has helped bring healing into my life.