Lie #1: You don’t have time to pray.
Lie #2: You aren’t good enough.
Lie #3: Be anxious, for there is much to worry about.
Lie #4: You have lots of time.
“The principle trap that the devil sets for young people is idleness. This is a fatal source of all evil. Do not let there be any doubt in your mind that we are born to work and when we don’t we are out of our element and in great danger of offending God . . . First tell the devil to rest . . . then I’ll rest too!”
—Saint John Bosco
Lie #5: Your past is unredeemable.
Lie #6: You don’t have to worry about Satan (he isn’t real).
There are many references to the devil in scripture. The following are just a few:
“Be sober, be watchful! For your adversary, the Devil, like a roaring lion, goes about seeking someone to devour. Resist Him, steadfast in the faith” (1 Peter 5:8-9).
“Satan himself disguises himself as an angel of the light” (2 Cor.11:14)
“But I fear lest, as the serpent seduced Eve by his guile, so your minds may be corrupted and fall from a pure devotion to Christ” (2 Cor. 11:3).
“Indeed what I have forgiven – if I have forgiven anything – I have done for your sakes, in the person of Christ, so that we may not be defeated by Satan; for we are not unaware of his devices” (2 Cor. 2: 10-11).
Although we need to be aware of the devil’s constant harassment, we also need to remember that Christ won the battle.
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