The voice inside my head is no mystery to me—I’m very familiar with his noise. Sometimes, he is bold and negative, telling me that I’ll never amount to anything. That no one cares about me or understands me. That I’m not worth it. That other people don’t deserve forgiveness. That I deserve vindication. That being right is more important than being well. Other times, he is quiet and subtle, telling me that watching one small sex scene in a movie is acceptable. That withholding love from someone who hurt me is okay. That giving in to one small sin is not a big deal. That if God really cared about me, He would be meeting all of my wants, not just all of my needs. That I can “fix” my desires for companionship easily, if I just bend the rules a bit. The voice will encourage me to embrace all the characteristics of the porn identity, because if I do, the voice wins.
I know I’m not alone—you’ve heard that voice, too. And in my opinion, the church spends too little time discussing the warfare and spiritual battles that we face every single day—the battlefield of the mind, as Joyce Meyer calls it. But we should be talking more about it, because if there is an author and perfecter of our faith—and there is, then there is certainly an author and perfecter of destruction and evil—and there is. He is the voice, and his name is Satan, and here are a few things to remember about him—the author of the porn identity:
- He is a liar and a murderer. John 8:44 says, “He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” This is the Satan we expect, the one who tells us lies and wants us to believe everything that is contrary to the Word of God. He will want you to believe that you are unlovable, unworthy, unredeemable—and he will tell you over and over in hopes that you will believe it. He seeks to destroy everything that is good and holy, killing our will and hope as well. Satan is the sower of every kind of death.
- He disguises himself. This is the Satan we do not expect. The Word says that Satan disguises himself as an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14)—meaning he uses seemingly godly things to distract us from God’s goals, distance us from Jesus and others, and disintegrate our faith. He also will take one aspect of the truth and twist it so that it seems true—and then use that to draw us away from Christ. He will use a divine appointment to create disharmony and disappointment. Because of this, we must be vigilant, because he doesn’t always come as the liar or murderer we expect.
- He is actively searching you out. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” The verb tense used here means that the devil is actively, constantly seeking for someone to devour. That means you don’t have to be actively looking for trouble, because trouble is searching for you. If you are actively seeking to please Christ with your thoughts and actions, then you can expect warfare, battles, temptations, and evil. The devil is especially interested in creating division and dissension in the church—because he already has the world.
Even though the author of the porn identity is real and is working hard to write our story, he does not get to pen the final chapters! There is good news—good news about our story, good news about Satan’s fate, and good news about the porn identity. Join me next week to hear that good news as we begin by meeting the author and perfecter of the God identity!