The enemy has a voice. If you do not believe me, check out the Bible. The devil has a big mouth. Sometimes he speaks all by himself. Case in point. The serpent. Sometimes he gets a little help from his human friends. Case in point. Goliath. Sometimes he talks in the form of spirits. Case in point. Legions. Sometimes he speaks through diviners and soothsayers. Bottom line. He knows how to talk. And, as for we humans, we know how to listen. Sometimes we know the enemy is speaking and we listen to him anyway. But all too often, we do not even recognize his voice at all. Just tonight, for the first time in almost fourty decades I recognized the voice of the enemy as it manifested in one particular area of my life.
Can you believe it? For almost fourty years, I have known a loneliness in the depth of my soul that I could not describe in human words. A laundry list of experiences involving rejection, abandonment, unkind words, abuse, insecurity, trauma, trials, and tribulations had formed such a stronghold of emotional pain in my life that I could not even recognize the voice behind it all. Do you know what I thought? I am just a piece of garbage, a failure, an object for others to hurt and abandon. I will always be alone. I will always get the raw end of the deal. Even God does not want good for me. Sound familiar? Maybe the particulars do not, but the voice will likely sound all too familiar. In one way or another, we have all been paid a visit or two – or perhaps a lifetime of visits – by the voice of the enemy.
But when we fail to recognize his voice, when we do not know God’s Word well enough to know when the voice speaking to us is not in line with the Bible, and when we do not know God’s voice – His Word – is bigger than the enemy’s, then we take the enemy’s words and tactics to heart and we are open prey to his hell manifesting in our lives because that is what we believe. And even when we do study the Bible, as I do, we may have become so entrenched so long ago in hearing and believing the voice of the enemy that the stronghold the devil has formed seems too big to tear down.
Tonight, as for the first time ever I realized that awful feeling that had arisen yet again deep within my soul was authored by the devil in his attempt to destroy God’s plans for my life, I remembered God has given me weapons to have victory in this battle. His weapons are not carnal, according to the Bible.
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2Co 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
The devil is a liar, and God shows me to enforce the defeat of the enemy that Jesus Christ has given us through faith in Him.
God gave me a scripture tonight to enforce the defeat, and it is my job to assume the victory that belongs to me in Jesus Christ.
The next time you recognize the voice of the enemy, don’t let him trample you down like I have allowed him to do for most of my life.
Do what Jesus did in the wilderness when tempted by the devil. Declare God’s Word. God’s Word is His voice, and God’s Word is Truth.
After all, It is Written. Every time Jesus spoke God’s Word – He cast the enemy down.
We are given authority in Jesus Christ to do the very same.
It is our choice. Choose life. Recognize the voice of the enemy. Then cast him down with God’s Word. God’s voice is the greatest voice in the universe. When we believe, speak and act on His Word, we are putting the enemy where he belongs. Under our feet.
To God be the glory!