Who do you believe you are at the core of your being? In Matthew 16:13-16 Jesus was talking to His disciples. He asked in verse 13, “…Who do men say that I, the Son of Man am?” They told Him. In verse 15 He asked, “…But who do you say that I am?” From Peter’s answer we see there was a difference of belief. Verse 16 says, “Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
What do others believe about you from what you say and do? What do you believe about yourself? Our heart’s core is our belief center. Every thought originates from there. Our thoughts become our words, then our actions or behavior. Our behavior reveals our character. Since satan is a master deceiver, he will seek to attack our core beliefs. He does that through fiery dart lies.
His lies are like the bullet of a sharp shooter assassin. They come by stealth. In my personal experience, they come in the first person. “I can’t…” “I’m not…” “I’m overwhelmed.” They are seemingly just a thought that pops into my mind. I had a broken record. I repeatedly said, “I can’t believe…” until a dear friend pointed it out to me. She gave me her own story.
She was at Yosemite. She had asked the Lord to give her a place all to herself. She hiked into this one little lake area. No one was around. It was quiet and peaceful. She sat down on a flat rock overlooking the lake and said, “I can’t believe it…” She had prayed, but when the Lord answered her prayer she spoke the words of unbelief. Immediately a very screechy female voice broke the silence as a husband and wife sat near her. Lesson learned, and she passed on her lesson to me. I’m passing it on to you.
Matthew 12:34 says, “…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matthew 15:19 says, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts…” A well placed fiery dart targets our faith. That is why the Lord gave us His armor. It protects every aspect of our walk with Him. When David was about to face Goliath, Saul tried to give him his armor.
1 Samuel 17:39-40 says, “…And David said to Saul, I cannot walk in these, for I have not tested them. So David took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near the Philistine.”
David was a shepherd. His sling was his tested armor. He knew what he could do with it. He had proven it over and over as he kept his father’s sheep. When we hide God’s word in our heart, it is our proven weapon. We can whip it out at any moment to defeat satan’s attack against our mind. That is what Jeremiah did. He was sinking down into a negative spiral, until he recalled a truth that changed the direction of his thoughts.
If our core belief is not in God’s faithfulness, winds of adversity, barrages of lies, and negative dialogues will cause our faith to falter. Here is one of my anchor verses. 2 Timothy 2:13 says, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” Our belief in God’s faithfulness will be challenged by satan’s fiery dart lies. However we can hide in His character of Faithfulness behind our door shield of faith and be safe. We will stand through His promises as we become a partaker of His nature, according to 2 Peter 1:4.