There is a chorus we sing at church that goes like this:
“Who has the final say? Jehovah has the final say”
Those words have come to mean more to me over these past few days as the accuser of the brethren geared up his armour to war against my peace of mind and my identity.
After a wonderful time at our Christmas concert last Saturday, the liar of all liars released an onslaught of accusations against me that would have very much cost me my freedom, attacking the very fibre of my identity and tainting the gift of God’s grace.
I was hurt. I was troubled. I was tempted to throw in the towel and stay in isolation for the rest of the year, and that’s where the liar would have rather had me. Oh, the lies of the liar of all liars that try to hold us bound.
He will either come with flattery to get us all puffed up, or he’ll come with stinging venom to make us think we’re worthless. He attacks the very places we feel insecure, using vessels laced with their own insecurities. He speaks to their open ears as they let his words roll off their willing tongues, releasing the arrows that seek to pierce our hearts. If our shield of faith lay resting on the walls of our insecurities, we get hurt as his arrows find no resistance.
Who has the final say?
When we do not hold firmly to God’s word spoken concerning us, when our eyes refuse to see who we truly are through God’s eyes, when our hearts doubt God’s heart, like the tossing and turning of the waves, we become susceptible to the lies of the accuser:
“You’re messed up and you’ll always be that way”
“You’re too loud. You’re too forward. You’re too harsh”
“You are lazy. You’ll never get anything done”
“You couldn’t even read your Bible this morning”
“You’re not a good friend”
“You’re not a good wife”
“You’re not a good mother”
“You’re not good enough!”
“You’ll never measure up”
God must have the final say or else the words of the deceiver will gravely affect us. God’s words must outweigh, outshine and out-matter any other opinion thrown our direction:
“I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus”
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”
“For God so loved me that He gave me Jesus”
“I am a royal priesthood. I am a holy nation”
“I am fearfully and wonderfully made”
“He has buried my sins in the depth of the sea and carried my guilt far away, as far as the East is from the West”
“I am called’
“I am His vessel”
“I am His child!”
“I am LOVED!”
These words are final: that’s what He meant when He said “It is finished”
So liar, call me whatever you like and let your lies flow. They weigh a bit so they might hurt a little. But when the words of my Heavenly Father are placed beside yours on the scale, your words are put to shame as His words far outweigh yours.
And He has the