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Our Deflated Foe

“Your business will never succeed.”

“You are the worst parent ever.”

“You are going to end up failing just like your mother.”

“You will never get over this sickness.”

Lies, lies, and more lies he tries to feed us. Our enemy comes to rob, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). He is a like a roaring lion looking for whom he can devour (1 Peter 5:8). And yet when we know and remember who we are in Christ, the enemy’s lies are easily deflated. Ever seen those extremely tall balloon guys? You know the ones that businesses put out near the street to try to catch your attention as you drive by?

They are about twenty feet tall and are powered by a fan at their base that shoots air into them. The air gives them their huge height, and they really are eye-catching with their brightly colored string hair flowing in the wind. Their intent to catch my attention and distract me reminds me of the enemy . . . all puffed up and huge, yet all we have to do is turn off the air at the base of the inflatable defeated plastic giant. Yep, there is a lever at the base of those guys, and once shut off, their height, volume, and large presence are instantly deflated and they collapse into a limp pile of plastic on the ground.

So how do we shut the lever off of our already defeated foe? Most of these lies are coming from what we think are our own thoughts when actually the enemy is throwing the lie out there and seeing if we will agree with it. A friend of mine shared a great phrase with me. She said that every time one of those negative thoughts crosses her mind, she speaks out loud, “I will not partner with that!” I’ve been trying this exercise, and it is amazing how quickly the thought dissipates.

The Bible tells us to take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). I picture in my mind taking that thought captive with a lasso—yep, like a cowboy—and roping it into submission. As I am roping it, I speak out a verse that is the opposite of what the lie is:

You are the worst parent . . . I have the mind of Christ to raise my kids (1 Corinthians 2:16).

Your business will never succeed . . . I will produce fruit in season and what I do prospers (Psalms 1:1-3).

When I am in the grocery store, I whisper out loud to these thoughts, “I will not partner with that.” I know it could be weird to see a lady talking to herself while she bags her groceries at Aldi, but it doesn’t look any weirder than the guy talking on his unseen Bluetooth earpiece. Sometimes we aren’t even aware we are listening to negative thoughts until we lash out at family member, buy something impulsively, or make a hand gesture to the car that cuts us off in traffic. When I find myself elbow-deep in a jar of stale jelly beans because I’m frustrated about life and need my “sugar hit,” I can ask myself, What was I thinking about for the last half hour? It’s agreeing with these thoughts of fear, insecurity, jealousy, etc. that lead me down a path of reacting in ways that I really don’t want to.

Can’t you just visualize a huge square dance and all the dancers are swinging around from arm to arm, and when that accusing thought makes it way around to you, you can say, “I will not partner with that.”

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