People (including Christians) are often confused about what the devil wants to do or how he accomplishes his goals. His methods and modes of operation are not that complex and yet they have worked well for thousands of years.
The devil's most powerful, effective, frequently used, and common tool
for gaining ground in the battle for your mind/soul is to get you to
accept a lie as truth. Especially if this lie is regarding a core,
foundational concept that will forever impact your life.
People see a horrible accident, or a tyrannical leader committing atrocities, or a family torn apart by bad choices and think of these things as evil and undesirable. We often want to fix things, so we approach the problem and do our best to influence future outcomes to be better and more positive. However, we generally attack the symptoms and not the root cause. More often than not, bad choices are caused by people who act on a belief that is in fact a lie. I think that most all undesirable human behavior can be tied directly to a corresponding lie which is often ingrained into the person deeply and they don't even know it.
If we want to have a proper view of God, ourselves, others, and the world around us, then we must constantly evaluate our beliefs and our thoughts to see if we have believed a lie. Neglecting to do this can have disastrous results!
Here is a very relevant quote:
"Telling a lie means you have aligned yourself
with satan. Every time you lie you give Satan a piece of your heart. The
more lies you tell, the more you give place in your heart to Satans
lying spirit, until eventually you can't stop yourself from lying" -Stormie Omartian from The Power of a praying parent
Here is a list of dangerous lies that come to mind:
- God does not exist, so why waste time on __________ .
- It will not hurt if I _______ just once .
- I'll have time to look into whether or not God really exists later.
- I do not need _______ to have a good marriage .
- The bible isn't special it is just ______________ .
- If I lie a little bit on small things it won't hurt anyone.
- ______ does not really love me.
- Letting selfishness get out of control (the world is not about you)