Often our own struggles become our focus. Satan likes to remind of us of our past mistakes, regrets, and sins we have done. When Satan does this, what do we do? We buy it. We take the fruit and eat up the lies (Genesis 3:6). Then we instantly feel insignificant, unworthy, and most of all, not good enough. We find ourselves looking for ways to become worthy or to “make up” for what we have done in the past.
What we don’t realize is that we are letting Satan win when we listen to him. We are letting Satan win when we start letting him define us, instead of God (Ephesians 2:10). We are letting him win when we think we can forgive ourselves and move on without God’s help; in reality, it’s the opposite. We let Satan win when we listen to the voice that says,”It’s okay. Skip prayer, Bible reading, and church today” (Ephesians 6:10-17).
Satan knows that we humans are gullible. He knows our greatest regrets. He knows our greatest strengths and weaknesses. Satan likes to twist them around in our minds so that we believe his lies instead of God’s truth (1 Peter 5:8-11)! Satan knows the moment we step out of God’s truth, love, and forgiveness, we become powerless. We become insecure, fearful, and little. We become no one.
But I have good news for you. God also knows our weaknesses, fears, and regrets. He knows our greatest dreams and hopes (Romans 8:26-27). He knows the number of hairs on your head. God knows the number of stars in the sky (Isaiah 40:26). And yet He whispers to us,”You are mine” (Isaiah 43:1).
We are His! We are made clean and new by Jesus’ blood. He calls us family (Hebrews 2:11). We are forgiven and set free from our past mistakes and regrets (Hebrews 8:12). He will never forget us and never make us walk through something by ourselves (Joshua 1:9). He will always be our comfort and refuge (Psalm 5:11).
Going into 2020, don’t forget to whom you belong.