Do you ever feel like you aren’t good enough? Like you don’t make a difference? Do you realize those thoughts come from Satan? I don’t know about you, but Satan’s tyrannical taunts are like Kudzu around my heart.
In Georgia, where I was raised, the Kudzu vine grows rampant. It wraps its green ivy-like arms around everything in its path. Trees, telephone poles, homes--it doesn’t discriminate. Kudzu is a vine that when left uncontrolled will eventually grow over anything in its proximity. It kills trees by blocking sunlight, stealing nourishment, and stunting growth.
Satan’s words can be like Kudzu. If we aren’t careful, they can be growth stunt-ers, joy-killers, promise-grabbers, and desire-destroyers.
Maybe you too have heard similar whispers:
You can’t get up early enough to read your Bible - you’re a failure;
Look at you, you’re yelling at your kids again - you’re a horrible mother;
Your past is too shameful - people won’t accept you;
If you really believe in God, then why can’t you produce spiritual fruit?
Sometimes, these words take the shape of a small vine. They start small seeming insignificant. But after a while, self-defeating words begin winding and wrapping themselves around our vulnerable hearts…
Making us hesitate.
Making us question.
Making us believe we are less than.
Then we become tangled and twisted by these un-truths. And y’all, that is exactly what they are… lies, lies, and more lies.
Satan chooses a script he knows we’ll fall for. He rummages through old files to see what tripped us up last time. Then once we’re hooked he chips away at our dignity, our pride, and ultimately our hearts. Piece by piece, day after day…
chip, chip, chip.
We weren’t made for Satan’s cheap shots, we were made for God’s Promises.
We must untangle ourselves from Satan’s twine of lies. We need to reclaim our position as Jesus girls and secure our ‘princess with purpose’ status. We must walk in truth with our Savior and give Satan the boot.
We don’t have to be victimized by the Kudzu vine anymore. Instead, we can be “rooted in Christ” (see Col. 2:7); and joined together with the ultimate vine-- the vine of Christ, (see John 15:5-8), forever and ever, Amen!
So girls when Satan tries to wedge himself in between you and God this week, how will you respond? Let’s promise each other that when it happens, we will all say with finger-snapping punctuation, “I know what you’re up to evil one so take a hike!”