Do you know Sir Achilles? If you’re one who avidly exercises, you may know him as your Achilles heel. The Achilles is the tendon that connects the two major calf muscles to the ankle. Some interesting facts about this tendon is that it is possible to have no signs or symptoms of damage for some time, then it feels like you got kicked in the calf. The remedy for problems with the Achilles tendon, from mild to severe, is rest; not to exercise it more, stretch it more… rest it, give it time to heal. The effects of an injured Achilles is more than the tendon itself, especially if left untreated.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the lies Satan tells us and the effects it can have on our marriage. This morning I experienced another attempt of his lies. He was using the fact that I was walking in a dark room without my glasses and I saw something I couldn’t quite make out right away. Immediately my brain was filled with lies, what ifs…. I was taken back a bit because of how ridiculous these lies were. I was also grateful that I was able to recognize them for the lies they were. BUT, I was also made aware of a pattern Satan uses specific to me, to my marriage, my personality type. I was reminded of the verse in Eph 4:27…and do not give the devil a foothold… I decided to do a search of other verses. Because I used the search word ‘foothold’ a couple of other verses (NIV) showed up. Ps 69:2, “I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.” Another verse, Ps 73:2, “But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.”
In these three short verses, I discovered three aspects to a foothold. The first one is found in Ps 73:2. If we do not take our thoughts captive, pay attention to them… we can slip, we can lose our footing, but it is possible to catch ourselves quickly if we are paying attention to what we are thinking and on what we are meditating. Then there is the ‘giving’ of a foothold (Eph 4:27). We get sucked in and go to town. We can become downcast or critical, accusatory… Satan then has a foothold; a regular place to attack you. Lastly there is the verse in Ps 69, where there is not a foothold, but we are in the miry depths, deep waters, the floods engulf us….
I realized I must see this as sin, a tempting to do wrong in my thought life. Secondly, I realized (again, I might add), I have patterns and weaknesses that Satan will use. He wants to grab ahold and cause me to fall. He is evil and wants nothing less from me.
I am grateful for God’s grace this morning to recognize the lies of ‘Mr. Achilles’ ; )… I am grateful that God is continually working in my life through His Word, the Holy Spirit, through exhortations from our pastors, friends and in my marriage, through my wonderful husband with whom He has blessed me. I am grateful that God allowed me to see the lies this morning, my day could’ve been different-- and I am grateful for the hope set before me.
Do you know your Sir Achilles? Do you know where and how Satan grabs at you, trying to trip you or in fact has a good hold on you personally and in your marriage? Pastor Curt exhorted us last week with a heart check: Are you studying God’s word, memorizing His word, meditating on His word? I appreciated his encouragement that if you haven’t picked up your Bible… don’t try to make up what you’ve missed, pick it up and begin again. I had let business crowd out my reading for a couple of days. I woke up Monday with a repentant heart to be faithful to seek the Lord, think on His word in my life… perhaps that is why I recognized Satan’s lies on Wednesday morning?
I encourage you to ask God to reveal to you the patterns of the lies in your life and in your marriage. God’s faithfulness is real and He promises to direct and guide us, to work in us to do His good will. Thank you, Lord. Thank you.