Understand, my young friends, that there is only one way to win the war against Satan, and that is to win it in the same way it was won in the beginning: faith, testimony, and consecration on oneself to the Lord and His work. (James J. Hamula, Winning the War against Evil, October 2008)
We are in a state of conflict. And the best tool that the adversary to our peace has is lies. From the beginning Satan has used lies, deception, and trickery to lure us off the path. In the vision of the Tree of Life, Lehi saw it as a midst of darkness. Try to hide and blur us from seeing the tree—the Love of God.
And he is doing that now to all of us. He wins when we lose sight of who we are, of who God is, and how we can get to His love. And in our day, the way he tries to accomplish this is to lie to all of us.
What can we do when Satan’s lies are trying to pull us away from God?
Scripture #1: The Power I Get with God
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil 4:13)
One of the most common lies that we are told is the “You Can’t” lie. It was told to Moses, Enoch, and Jeremiah in their calls to be a prophet. It was told to Peter. It was told to Joseph and Emma Smith. And it has been told to you.
If Satan can get you to believe you can’t do something, he usually wins. Because then we don’t try. Or we try without our full effort and faith. And let’s be honest, many of the things we have been asked to do, we can’t do on our own. And this is where the lie becomes the most damaging.
Satan wants you to believe you can’t because then he knows you won’t reach out for help. He knows you won’t strengthen your faith and your relationship with God as you overcome challenges and trials. It will be so much easier to convince you that you can’t do something the next time.
That midst of darkness of “can’t” comes over us and instead of reaching up in prayer and forward in faith we tend to turn inward on ourselves.
But that is not God’s plan! When Moses started to doubt himself the Lord gave him a simple answer:
“And he said, Certainly I will be with thee” (Exodus 3:12)
It was almost the same as he told Jeremiah
“Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.” (Jeremiah 1:8)
It was what Paul was telling the Philippians. The truth we must know is that God is with us. And with His power we can do anything.
It’s one of the powerful lessons on the 1st Vision. Joseph by himself was in real trouble and about to succumb to the darkness. By ourselves we can’t do it. But God has not left us by ourselves. He gradually descends with His light and power into all our lives. He is there to strengthen each of us.
Shout out “I can do all things through Christ” the next time you feel that lie that you can’t!
Scripture #2: God is with you
“I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.”
The second lie is that you are alone. Satan wants you to believe that you are by yourself and that you won’t get the help you need from God or others.
That is not true!
The scriptures are the record of God’s love and interaction with His children. And the scriptures tell the story repeatedly of God being there, no matter what.
God was there for the Children of Israel even when they complained.
God was there for Enos even though he had not fully kept the commandments.
God was there for Alma the Younger even though he was fighting against the Church.
God was there for the Lamanites that Ammon taught even though they had been wicked for generations.
God was there for Peter even when he had betrayed him.
God was there for Paul even though he had fought against the Church.
God was there for Joseph Smith, Martin Harris, and Oliver Cowdry even though they made mistakes.
God is there for you! Satan will want you to believe you have complained too much, sinned too much, made too many mistakes, or are in too deep to get the help you need.
This is a lie.
The next time you start to feel that lie, shout out, “God is on my right hand and on my left!”
God is there to support you. He sends His angels to bear you up. Because God loves you.