When we experience suffering, Satan often whispers negative thoughts to us. Though his intelligence is thousands of times greater than ours, he is fairly predictable. During our suffering, he puts negative thoughts in our minds about God, ourselves, other people, circumstances, and the future. For example, when you’ve experienced difficulty, have you ever had any of the following thoughts?
- God must be angry with me about something I’ve done wrong.
- If I were a better Christian, I would be able to handle life’s difficulties better.
- If my wife [or husband] would change, I would be happy in life.
- Life is about becoming a stronger person in every situation. I need to improve.
Satan’s goal is to destroy us any way he can. Remember, John 10:10 tells us, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (NASB). One of his first goals is to discourage us to the point that we take our focus off Jesus and put it on our circumstances.*
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*© Mark Maulding (Excerpt from God’s Best-Kept Secret: Christianity Is Easier Than You Think by Baker Books)