I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. -Psalm 119:11
By Yodit Kifle
I’ve never been a confrontational person. In fact, I try to avoid it at all costs. But when I have found myself in confrontational episodes, I would be that person who wanted to be right. Praise God He has dealt with me as I’ve matured. My pride is slowly taking a back seat as I realize that arguing is never the best solution — nor was trying to prove the person wrong.
However, I’ve come to see that there is one argument that I have yet to remove myself from and I’m sure many of us can attest to this. You see, there is an Accuser that I don’t like — an Accuser whose life’s purpose is to drag me into arguments about my identity. My worth. My purpose. My hopes. My faith. My mind. The crazy thing is, every time I’ve found myself arguing with him, I’ve come out depleted, defeated, and discouraged. An outcome that he rejoices in.
He makes it very clear that he doesn’t like me. In fact he hates me. And I’m sorry to say, he hates you, too.
The darts of lies that Satan throws at us are extinguishable. Ephesians 6:16 reminds us that we have been given the shield of faith to extinguish them. However, so often, it seems like we put our shield down and find ourselves arguing with the Father of Lies rather than standing firm in and with God’s truth.
God’s word doesn’t need us to make it powerful. It’s powerful all on its own. We are the ones who need it. We are the ones who need to be found standing in it and on it rather than found sinking in the lies of the enemy.
So when the enemy says you are not good enough, why argue with him? Tell him he’s more than right. You on your own aren’t good enough, but God is and He has given you His righteousness.
When the enemy says you are a sinner to condemn you, why argue with him? Tell him he’s more than right — you are a sinner but praise God that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
Next time you find yourself arguing with the greatest Accuser, remind yourself, he can’t stand a chance with God’s Word. The enemy’s strategy is to make us think it’s about us. So he attacks us in order for us to defend ourselves. But you don’t have to. Jesus Christ and His Word are our defender. The enemy can’t argue with that.
As Proverbs 26: 4 wisely reminds us: “When arguing with fools, don’t answer their foolish arguments or you will become as foolish as they are.” So, don’t argue with the Fool!