The Evil One is afraid of you… the real you. The Evil One hates you… the real you. On the contrary, he ‘loves’ the false or ‘masked’ you. It can be a bit sobering to consider that the Devil himself ‘loves’ parts of you and I. He is actually quite fond of those areas in our lives that are not real – those areas of our lives that we feel the need to cover up; put on a false facade and present ourselves in such a way that makes us appear to be something we are not. The definition of façade is to create and maintain an outward appearance to conceal a less pleasant or creditable reality. Other words of ‘façade’ include – simulation, illusion, act, masquerade, mask, veil.
The bottom line is that our enemy will always try and ‘help us’ create ‘masks’ or an outward appearance of something ‘good’ to conceal a less pleasant (in our opinion) part of us. Why? He knows that ‘masks’ will hide the real us – the ‘us’ that God created to live in and through His power and be life-changing to the world around us. The enemy does this through his canny lies –
Speaking to the Pharisees who were trying to trap him, Jesus said – ‘For you are the children of your father the devil and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning and a hater of truth—there is not an iota of truth in him. When he lies, it is perfectly normal; for he is the father of liars.’ – John 8:44 (TLB)
Those fabricated, deceptive, pretend or ‘false’ areas in our lives are created when we allow ourselves to listen to and be deceived by the enemy’s lies. It is then that we have given him ‘permission’ to have power over us. And that power will do nothing but steal from us the life God intended, kill the dreams that stir within us and destroy what is good in our lives (John 10:10).
Jesus spoke about what happens when we build our lives on lies – facades or things that appear to have a solid ‘foundation’, but in reality, there’s nothing there but ‘shifting sand’ –
‘All who listen to my instructions and follow them are wise, like a man who builds his house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents, and the floods rise and the storm winds beat against his house, it won’t collapse, for it is built on rock. But those who hear my instructions and ignore them are foolish, like a man who builds his house on sand. For when the rains and floods come, and storm winds beat against his house, it will fall with a mighty crash.’ – Matthew 7:24-27 (TLB)
God operates in truth… not lies. His power, love and beauty are displayed through what’s real (even if our current reality isn’t all that ‘pretty’ to us). But, it starts with truth. It starts with us being honest with ourselves. Maintaining our ‘masks’ is hard work, often painful and keeps us enslaved. But until we recognize that the pain of staying the same (hiding behind our false selves) is greater than the pain of change (living in the freedom that comes from God’s truth), we won’t change.
Then many of the Jewish leaders who heard him say these things began believing him to be the Messiah. Jesus said to them, “You are truly my disciples if you live as I tell you to, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:31-32 (TLB)
The Evil One is afraid of you. The real you is a threat to him. That’s why he will fight to keep us living in the lie of being unworthy of God’s love. He will bombard us every day with the lie that there is no eternity, so we should ‘live it up’ while we can. He will be relentless in his persuasion to convince us that we are an ‘army of one’, therefore, we don’t need God in our lives.
It’s a daily battle… a daily choice to be in a continual state of self-evaluation. It’s a necessary decision to pray and ask God to show us areas of our lives that are ‘masked’ to His truth. It’s humbling to pray and ask God to help us see those areas we’ve created false realities that are keeping us from walking in His wholeness and joy. But because God operates in truth, if we are genuinely open and willing, He is faithful to help us be all He created us to be.
Let us choose to live our life in such a way that makes the devil afraid of what we are capable of because we are living in the power and freedom of God – who is deeply passionate about us and the Lover of our souls.
‘A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so you can have real and eternal life, more and better life than you ever dreamed of.’ – John 10:10
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