Avoiding the ‘Gotchas’

11 Mar

In 1957, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), produced a program on its prestigious Panorama Programme that informed people that a certain kind of pasta came from bushes.

In true reverential, BBC documentary tone, Richard Dimbleby explained how Spaghetti was harvested from bushes, dried, and then processed into strands of spaghetti.

The audience not only listened to the spoof ~ some even phoned in asking where they could buy a Spaghetti bush. (1)

I consider myself a fairly wise woman ~ at least, I strive to fear and obey the Lord and His Word (Proverbs 9:10); but on the other hand, I can be sooooo gullible.

Just ask my sons, who are always trying to pull one over on their mama. I’m more alert now and I question some things they tell me, because I’ve learned from experience that they may be feeding me some lines, just to be able to say, “Gotcha.”

The longer I travel through this life, the more I recognize when the enemy of my soul is trying to pull the same thing. Where once I could describe my life journey as “Gullible’s Travels,” now I see myself as a Wise Warrior Woman ~ more alert to the devil’s sneaky tactics as I walk hand-in-hand with God, wielding the Sword of the Spirit ~ the Word of God.

I just caught myself an hour ago, starting to believe the enemy:  “You aren’t as pretty as that other woman speaker. (Look at her white, straight teeth and her trim ankles ~ yes, the enemy says stupid things like that!) Don’t you see that that’s going to get in the way of your message when you speak? Maybe you should decline the offer to speak at that luncheon.”

I had to remind Satan of the truth (and I needed to hear myself proclaim it!) … that God is the source of my strength and any influence I hope to have; and I am going to be obedient to His call, regardless of my imperfect appearance.

One of the most powerful exercises we can do as women is to contrast truth and lies. Maybe, like me, you’ve heard something that you think might not be accurate. Ask, “What’s the truth here?” Try to find a scripture passage that shows the difference between truth and lies ~ there are lots of them in the book of Proverbs!

When you hear something in the culture that doesn’t ring true (maybe on TV, in a movie, or in a book), confront the lie by quoting scripture.

This was the pattern Jesus gave us when our Lord rejected Satan’s twisted thinking, Remember?

… The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'” Then the devil left him…. (Matthew 4:3-11)

To every temptation, Jesus quoted scripture!

Work at embracing truth and rejecting lies! Don’t let the lies wear a groove of deceit in your brain. A great book to help women get started in recognizing the enemy’s lies is Nancy Leigh DeMoss‘s bestseller, Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free. There is a companion guide for the book, as well as a version for young women and a companion guide.

You might also want to make a list of positive, moral character qualities (love, joy, peace, self-control, integrity, etc.), and then list scriptures to memorize next to each one. Now try some role playing. Imagine that someone ~ a friend, Satan, or even your own fleshly appetites ~ might try to tempt, deceive, or sidetrack you with the opposite of that positive, moral character quality. What would your response be? What scripture could you quote (even if to yourself)?

For example,  do you want to practice gratitude? Memorize scriptures like Psalm 136:1: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Then pretend that something enters your life that makes you feel discontented? What will be your first response? Will that scripture come to mind? What will you do then?

We role-play with our children to give them tools to combat the evils in the culture … why not role-play with the unruly, stubborn “child” within us?

The more wisdom we instill into our hearts, the quicker we will recognize the enemy’s bag of tricks.

The more we listen to the Spirit of God, the quicker we will recognize His voice.

The more we saturate our hearts with the Word of God, the better choices we can make.

And hopefully, the fewer “gotchas” we’ll experience.

What do you do that helps you recognize the enemy’s lies?

(1) http://www.guy-sports.com/humor/urban_myth/hoax_spaghetti.htm

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2 Responses to “Avoiding the ‘Gotchas’”

  1. Sherri Cullison March 11, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    Love it. I’ve been known to be very gullible, too. Amazing that not thirty minutes ago I was reading that same scripture where Jesus was tempted by Satan. With the help of knowing God, scripture, a dose of discernment, with a little help from the Holy Spirit, we can overcome the devil’s schemes. Lies reveal lies, but truth reveals truth.

    • Dawn Wilson April 9, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

      Sherri, that’s an interesting comment: “Lies reveal lies, but truth reveals truth.” Truth does bring freedom!

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