Lies of the enemy.
We often hear that phrase, but what exactly does it mean (or look like)?
The negative thoughts that we women often entertain (or think) aren’t just ramblings of our own mind. These are things Satan puts in our head to keep us from focusing on God and His many blessings for our lives.
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Spiritual Warfare and the Powerful Lies of the Enemy
Satan is really creative at coming up with ways to get our eyes off of God. He targets our most vulnerable thoughts and feelings and knows exactly what our weaknesses are.
And he has gotten REALLY good at coming up with ways to attack women!
Why? Because if he can keep us focused on these lies, he keeps us from the many blessings God has for us.
Why Does the EneMy Attack Women So Hard?
Women are the perfect target for the lies of the enemy because we fill so many roles here on Earth.
Mother, Wife, Friend – to name a few.
By nature, we tend to travel in groups. This enables us to have the power to (positively or negatively) impact the Kingdom of God.
As Mothers, we impact the future of the Kingdom by how we raise our children (with or without Godly principles).
Why wouldn’t the enemy want to take us out?!
How Does the Enemy Attack Women
It doesn’t matter if you are a Christian woman or an unbeliever – ALL women are subject to the tactics of the enemy.
Today more than ever, he is busy coming up with new ways to get to us. Technology and social media seem to have expanded his playground to the point that it is near impossible to get away from it.
It is so important to recognize these attacks for what they are. Not just random things that happen or feelings that we feel.
But actual, intentional and targeted attacks by the enemy!
- Body Image
These are just some of the more common lies of the enemy – powerful ways he keeps attacking us so we give up on the blessings God has promised us!
How often do we compare ourselves to others and are then disappointed? I’d venture to say this is one of the most common and powerful lies of the enemy when it comes to women.
We compare where we are in life and what we have to everyone around us and are left feeling completely disappointed.When we compare ourselves to others, we find ourselves feeling less that we truly are. And when we feel less, we are vulnerable to the enemy guiding us to feel better in things that go against God. Click To Tweet
When we compare ourselves to others, we find ourselves feeling less that we truly are. And when we feel less, we are vulnerable to the enemy guiding us to feel better in things that go against God.
When we compare ourselves to others, we focus on more of the world (to keep up with the “Jones'”) instead of focusing on bringing Glory to God.
Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. Galatians 6:4-5 MSG
You, dear sister, are right where God wants you to be to fulfill His plan for your life. When you start feeling like you aren’t measuring up as compared to another – simply say “Not today Satan!” and continue on the path God has put you on.
LIE: I can’t do this
How can the enemy keep us from achieving God’s will in our lives? Simple. Cause us to doubt our abilities so we never even try.
So many women stay stuck in the same place for their entire lives because they doubt their ability to make a better life.
Dreams and ideas stay secret because they never act upon them.
TRUTH: If God put it on your heart, He surely put the ABILITY in you to make it happen!
I’m not worthy –
- of love
- of happiness
- of success
- of God’s grace
How many times of you thought any one of these? Or maybe you felt unworthy in some other area.
The truth is that Satan wants us to feel worthless because we will seek to fill our voids in Godless ways. We will try to find our worth in the things of this world.
The truth is that you are worth more than a million canaries!
What’s the price of two or three pet canaries? Some loose change, right? But God never overlooks a single one. And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries. Luke 12:6-7 MSG
How often do you beat yourself up over dumb things you’ve done in the past? Poor decisions that you may still be living with the consequences of?
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, Ephesians 2:8 ESV
The enemy loves to use our past mistakes to remind us that we are NOT perfect and make us think that God holds these things against us.
He wants us to forget that our past is forgiven so we will continue to beat ourselves up over those mistakes. Because when we do that, we aren’t focusing on the many blessings we actually do have.
But HE IS WRONG!!
Women and gossip. Seems like those two were banded together since the beginning of time! We have this incessant need to engage in idle chit chat with each other.
Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. Ephesians 4:29 MSG
Unfortunately, this conversation can easily turn into gossip without you even realizing it!
We often try to validate the discussion by saying something like “I only mentioned her problems so others could pray for her.”
But gossip is gossip. And gossip hurts.
It hurts the person being spoken about. It can hurt their family.
And it hurts God (which makes the enemy quite happy).
A little competition can be healthy, right? It keeps us motivated to do better for ourselves.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4 ESV
For women, however, we seem to want to compete with each other to a very unhealthy – and un-Godly – level.
Instead of building each other up and sharing in each others’ wins, we can find ourselves doing just the opposite.
This exactly what the enemy wants!
Success is something we all strive for in life. We want to look back on our lives and feel that we’ve accomplished something.
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? Matthew 16:26 NIV
The problem comes when climbing that success ladder becomes the primary focus in our life. We take our eyes off of God and put our achievements first.
More money, more power, more reach, more, more, more – more of everything BUT God.
Success can be used by the enemy to keep us from raising our kids, from building a strong marriage, from staying in God’s word and holding firm in our principles and beliefs.
Failure is powerful! It can either move you to re-evaluate and come up with a better “Plan B” – or it can stop you in your tracks!
Just the idea of failing causes many women to never even take a chance on something God has called them to do – because they are too afraid that they WILL fail.
Body image is another very handy tool the enemy uses to get at us. From a very early age, we are conditioned to have the “perfect” body or to be skinny.
God created us therefore we are perfect. But the enemy doesn’t want us to believe that! Instead, he floods the TV and Internet with unattainable perfection that we seek to model.
Through our teen years and into adulthood, we obsess over our weight and how we look in our clothes. We hop on every fad diet we can find in hopes of achieving that perfect figure. Some even go to the extreme with plastic surgery.
We take our eyes off of God and place it on the worldly standard for our bodies – basically rejecting Christ (because He formed us in his image).
Oh, my dear Sister! The devil LOVES to attack us as mothers!
You aren’t a good mom. Your kids are misbehaved. You screwed up your kids because of your past mistakes.
Or worse – we project all of the other lies (mentioned above) onto our kids!
Instead of resting in God’s love and having faith in the plan He already has for our kids, we get sidetracked with appeasing all of these other questions.
The best way to break God’s legacy is to breakdown the family. And this starts within the marriage.
Even in the strongest of Christian marriages, thoughts of insecurity can easily come for women.
Does my husband still find me attractive? Is he becoming turned off as I age? Why did he look at that pretty (younger) girl?
These thoughts can easily open up the door for the enemy to come in and wreak some serious havoc which breaks down the Godly foundation you had set for your home.
Girlfriend – Stop Believing the Lies!
The enemy will never stop trying to take us out so we must learn to recognize these attacks for what they are.
Instead of giving in to the unproductive and hurtful thoughts in our minds, remember that God’s word is more powerful than the lies of the enemy.
God wants us to live happy and fruitful lives. But we won’t achieve that if we continue to allow the enemy to take root in our thoughts and minds.
Prayer Against the Lies of the Enemy
God, help me to recognize the lies of the enemy and hold close your promises and truths. Help me to focus my eyes on you always and not get distracted by the shiny things the enemy puts in front of me. I pray that everything I do is done (or said) in a way that always glorifies you. Amen!