Satan is out to tempt, trap and topple you. One of his favourite lies is that you can't fall. He appeals to your ego: 'You've got your spiritual act together; you're too strong to stumble. Weaker people wouldn't be able to handle it, but you can.' This lie is intended to make you over-confident, to lead you to '... Trust in man... depend on flesh for (your) strength' and '... turn away from the Lord' (Jeremiah 17:5 NIV). It's designed to get you to lower your guard and make you vulnerable to his schemes. Don't play into his hands!
Be wise: 'Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall' (Proverbs 16:18 NKJV). Live on your knees. Fortify yourself with God's Word. Another of satan's favourite lies is that you can't stand. This appeals to your underlying sense of unworthiness, fear and inadequacy. He whispers, 'Look at your track record. Compared to all those other good folks in church, you're not worthy to be called a Christian. Just give up.'
Satan wants to divert you from '... Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy' (Jude 24 NAS). He wants to get you focused on your negatives, your wayward friends, spiritual giants who fell, and tell you that because they couldn't make it, you've no chance. He'll replay your list of shortcomings to discourage you. Don't go for it. '... He is a liar and the father of lies' (John 8:44 NAS). Believing him makes you his victim. Refuse to let either pride or inadequacy defeat you.
I love this. I already know how weak i am, and that is why i am so careful about who, and what i allow into my life these days. I will never be over confident, or forget how easy it would be for me to "stumble."
I remember thinking last year, when i was going through a difficult time, that someone that i had in my life at the time, was actually satan trying to drag me back. That might sound crazy to some of you lot, but if you had been there, it wouldn't...and i know a lot of people DO understand how i could have thought, and still do think that way.
Anyway - crappy, crappy sleep overnight. Mental note to myself - when i wake up in the middle of the night - DO NOT FLIP OPEN LAPTOP AND GET ON FACEBOOK - even if it is only for a few seconds. As soon as i comment on something, and someone overseas in a different timezone sees that i am awake...my phone starts ringing! Problem is, they usually see my comment a half hour after i have posted it, and by the time they ring, i am fast asleep again. I am truly starting to hate Gin Wigmore (she is my ring tone) these days!
Right - "Giselle" arrives from Sydney tonight!!! Yippppiiieeee!!! I have not seen her since 2002, and i am picking her up from the airport tonight. I Can. Not. Wait. To. See. Her!