It’s three in the morning. Your house is pitch dark, and everyone else is sleeping soundly, but something has startled you awake.
A creak of the front door?
You pull the covers over your head and try not to hear every swish of the curtains, but then you hear a distinct sound outside your bedroom door.
Just as you muster up the courage to switch on the lamp, your door is thrown open with a bang to reveal—horror of horrors—an intruder in a dark mask and black clothes. But the scene doesn’t go quite as you feared.
The intruder pauses, reaches into one pocket and then the other, then looks in his hat and feels inside his boot. As you watch him, you suddenly realize: He doesn’t have a weapon.
You jump out of bed and run to your desk, pull out the secret drawer where you keep your pepper spray, turn around, and . . . toss it to him.
“AH! Thanks! I couldn’t find mine!” he exclaims, as he happily puts his finger on the nozzle of the can and sprays it right at your face.
Then he proceeds to plunder all your earthly treasures and possessions.
How ridiculous would it be to give that thief your pepper spray? Extremely ridiculous.
We would never do that! We’d call the police, yell a threat or two, and grab a baseball bat! But how often do we hand the enemy of our souls a weapon to destroy us? What things are we pursuing that actually disarm our hearts—and give the enemy free reign to steal and destroy (John 10:10)?
Fighting Those Intruders
On a daily basis we face lies about:
- Who we are.
- Who we’re supposed to be.
- What we should pursue.
- How we should think and act.
The list could go on and on.
Jesus has given us His Truth to counter lies in His Word. (Our passion here on the blog is to identify the enemy’s lies and replace them with God’s Truth!) But have you ever considered that maybe, just maybe, these lies don’t even have to knock on the door of our hearts?
It’s possible that we actually host an open house by filling our minds (and hearts) with songs, books, movies, Netflix shows, YouTube videos, magazine articles, and social media posts about how a guy can satisfy us, how our bodies equal our worth, or how a good life is defined by making your own rules and rejecting authority.
Que the intruder story.
Never in a million years would anyone hand a burglar pepper spray—or any other weapon—to use against them. But how often do we expect to grow and become more like Christ, meanwhile feeding our souls with worldliness? (See 1 John 2:15–17.) Instead of fighting the enemy, we give him ammunition!
What we feed will flourish.
What we feed will flourish. Let me say that again. What we feed will flourish.
Looks like a spiritual detox might be in order.
3 Ways to Arm Yourself
Let’s consider three ways to clear out the junk and arm ourselves against intruders.
1. What makes you break out?
Random fact: When I eat sugar, my face breaks out. (Yours, too?) If I want clear skin, I can’t spend my life eating ice cream and doughnuts. Life is surprisingly similar. We can’t expect to grow spiritually if we’re fueling ourselves with things that stunt our growth. (Makes sense, right? But it’s easier said than done!)
Identify what lies you are prone to believe—and where you most often encounter those lies.
2. What are you feeding on?
Don’t open the door wide to all kinds of dangerous intruders!
If you’re striving to keep your thoughts centered on Christ instead of on the guy at church, a really romantic love song probably won’t help. If all you can think about is snagging a boyfriend, watching chick flicks that invoke self-pity isn’t a great idea. Feed discontentment? We can be sure we’ll have a bountiful supply of it. Feed contentment? It’ll grow.
Don’t open the door wide to all kinds of dangerous intruders!
3. Replace the junk.
When we cleanse ourselves from the junk that’s opposing our relationship with Jesus, we must replace it with something healthy. Just like in a diet, when we stop eating Twinkies, we have to fill that place with fresh, wholesome goodness. This doesn’t mean that we can’t ever listen to love songs or watch a romcom, but we should be tuned in to what triggers discontentment, jealousy, or impure thoughts in our hearts.
And we should purpose to know the Truth found in God’s Word and to live it out!
Thankfully, Jesus doesn’t ask us to fight this battle on our own. Ephesians 6:10–18 says:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
Let’s begin the cleanse together. No more handing pepper spray to the villain in our bedroom!
God has equipped us with weapons for this battle.
God has equipped us with weapons for this battle. With Jesus, we can use them against our enemy and his lies.
I’d love to hear from you in the comment section!
- Are there any ways in which you’ve been “hosting an open house” to the enemy’s lies?
- What steps are you ready to take to identify lies and shut the door to the ways they’ve entered your heart?
- Do you know how to replace lies with Truth?
From the LYWB.com blog team: Do the ideas in this blog post sound familiar? Our namesake Bible study, Lies Young Women Believe, tackles this very concept—how to identify the lies we are believing and then replace them with truth! We are so passionate about helping young women discover freedom in Jesus Christ that we are giving away three copies of Lies Young Women Believe on Instagram today. Head over to @liesyoungwomenbelieve to enter. And to learn more about this study or to order your own copy, visit LiesBooks.com.