Have you ever heard the devil ask you this question?
Many times we don’t recognize it as coming from him, we think it’s our own insufficiency and insecurities. But don’t be fooled, it is an attack from the enemy and if we’re not ready, it can be a debilitating phrase that causes us to doubt everything that God says we are. It has the potential to make our legs buckle. Our stomach turn. Our prayers stop.
“Who do you think you are?”
He shouts it loud in the middle of a tough decision when you are determined to maintain integrity, refusing to compromise.
He says it with a sneer while you are praying and fasting for a closer walk with God.
He whispers it in your ear while you are believing for a great miracle in your life or in the life of someone you know.
The hateful, accusing, lying voice of the enemy will surely penetrate your thoughts at times. His goal? To make you question your relationship with Christ, the power you have through Him, and His promises over your life.
“….He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44 NIV)
While the attack may seem overwhelming at times, knowing who we are in Christ gives us the ability to stand strong in the face of the enemy. Here are a few of the things God says about His children. Learn these and let them mark the beginning of the end for the devil and his deception in your life.
We are a people who walk with authority…
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” (Luke 10:19 NIV)
We live fearless though perfect love…
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18 NIV)
We are free through our relationship with Jesus…
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:32 NIV)
We have power through obedience to Christ and standing firm…
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7 NIV)
While the lies are certain to come, we are not powerless against the attack. We do not have to fear or cower when the devil attacks us, trying to make us doubt our worth. We can stand with authority and power in Christ, knowing He stands with us.
The next time the devil asks “Who do you think you are?” you can passionately say,
“I’m a blood bought child of God.”
Then remind of who he is… and his future.