This message was sent to the king: “Don’t let your God, in whom you trust, deceive you with promises you will not be in my hand. You know we’ve completely destroyed everyone who stood in our way, and you’re no different. Have the gods of other nations rescued them?” (2 Kings 19:10–12, paraphrase).
Satan’s been faking news long before there was social media. So what do you do with words designed to frighten, discourage, manipulate, and exhaust you?
Lies feed on the power you give them. So starve them. Bitterness corrupts. Worry weakens. Fear decays. Hate deceives, debilitates, and destroys. So quit hanging out with them.
Determine to live so fully in Jesus’ presence that love, joy, peace, hope, and faith are like breathing. Let your trust in God’s plans for you overwhelm the enemy’s schemes against you.
“After Hezekiah read the message, he took it to the house of the Lord, and spread it out before him” (2 Kings 19:14).
“We live in the world, but we don’t wage war as the world does. We use God’s mighty weapons to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning, and to destroy false arguments. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
“Don’t conform to this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you’ll learn God’s will for you, which is good, pleasing, and completes you” (Romans 12:2).
” ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are for good, never to harm you, to give you a future and a hope’ ” (Jeremiah 29:11).