Monday, May 08, 2006
Lies and More Lies
Happy Monday, BGs.
As you know, the topic of Satan’s lies became the spiritual theme for my recent novel Web of Lies, for the very reason that it crops up so often in my own spiritual walk, and as I pray with others. Here is a letter I received last week on this issue, and its follow-up correspondence. I’m running it—anonymously—with permission. I have a sense someone out there needs a reminder of this subject that so prevalently challenges God’s followers. Whoever you are, I am praying for you today.
Subject line: Hi—And Personal Prayer Need
[In 2004] I asked you for prayer. When you laid hands on me, you felt the Holy Spirit communicated that there was a spirit of chaos in our family. If you only knew the half of it. But I won't drag you down in details.
You prayed that I would walk in freedom--which I did for a time--but I feel
that I have been struggling with it, along with our whole family. Please pray for
all of us to walk in freedom from this chaos and especially for me to walk
continually, moment by moment, in freedom. I feel like perhaps it is I who have
let it in.
Thanks so much for telling me this so I can help pray you through it. I'll add you to my prayer card for these very specific needs. Do let me know how things are going once in awhile.
You said, "I feel like perhaps it is I who have let it in." I'm not getting a sense if this is true or not, but I DO know that you can know by the tone of the voice you hear. If it's a gentle, loving, listen-to-Me-here's-what I-seek-of-you voice, it's from God. If it's the demeaning, caustic, what's-wrong-with-you-can't-you-do-anything-right? voice, it's from Satan. God gently, lovingly points out our mistakes and leads us toward righting them, but never demeans us in the process. Satan always brings our very Personhood into it--we didn't just make a mistake, we're totally BAD and WRONG.
It's an honor to continue praying for you.
Response to me:
You hit the nail on the head. I sometimes start hearing that latter, demeaning voice and
think it must be God, because I am so awful, etc. Not a good thing. Please pray that
I can hear God's voice through the clamor. A verse that struck me recently was "my sheep
hear my voice." I know without a doubt that I am one of His sheep, I'm just not sure how
I get so far off the track.
Thank you for your encouragement and prayer.