Have you ever been told that the devil can’t hear your thoughts, but he does hear what you say aloud? I learned this weekend that this is very true.
There are times when we need to confide in others, but I’m learning that sometimes we need to pray in the secret places within our hearts and not speak those things which should remain between us and God.
I’m not talking about gossip. Or idle, vain speech. I’m talking about those deep-seated fears that we sometimes hold in our minds. The fears and thoughts that we’ve tried to place under the blood but seem to remain.
Sometimes those fears need to stay between us and God. And because He knows the intent of our heart, we can go before Him to petition Him for peace and resolution to those fears.
The devil hit me full-force yesterday. It didn’t come as a surprise, but I was knocked off my feet for a few hours. I decided many years ago though, to not welcome the devil in when he roars like a lion. So I turned to God, because He is the only One who knows the pain and heartache of this situation.
In the midst of the ick, I found myself turning to the Bible for strength and direction. And just like always, as I partook of the Word, I realized that everything I need is right there. I can read the scriptures and pray the Word and God is still in control.
Seven Scriptures to Fight the Enemy of Our Souls
If you are in a similar position, there is one sure defense against an attack on your soul: the Word of God. Here are some scriptures I find comforting that speak to me. Maybe they will help you, too.
1. No weapon formed against you shall prosper.
But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord.
2. He gives peace.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
3. Be wise.
Wisdom will save you from evil people,
from those whose words are twisted.
4. Keep your mind on positive things.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
5. Tears of sadness are not the end to your story.
Those who plant in tears
will harvest with shouts of joy.
They weep as they go to plant their seed,
but they sing as they return with the harvest.
6. Numbers mean nothing to God’s power.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about.
7. The Lord is your protection.
The LORD is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
When evil people come to devour me,
when my enemies and foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
Though a mighty army surrounds me,
my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
I will remain confident.