John 8:44 (NLT)
"He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies."
here we find Jesus discussing satan and his characteristics. i'm not a big fan of focusing on satan. i think it's an important distinction to know the difference between whom you serve and your enemy. it's important to recognize the difference. but i think we are to focus our efforts on what honors the Father, than trying to combat what the enemy is doing. it's all about being proactive as opposed to reactive.
but it's important to note that satan is a liar, is the father of lies. it's his character. it's what he does. many of us have bought into his lies about ourselves in the past. as a team, no, as a family, i don't think we build each other up near enough. many times, when we do encourage one another, it's only after the enemy has attacked in some way. we (maybe it's just myself) have not been very proactive in speaking God's truths about and to each other.
we all have personal responsibility as to who we will believe when it comes to our identity. we choose to believe the Father, or satan. however, i firmly believe we can help each other in a huge way by proactively speaking God's truth's into each other's lives on a regular basis. that in turn will help when satan attacks with his lies. if we as a family can grow in building each other up, satan's lies won't have near the volume.
so, i'm committing today, to work harder at building others up. i want to grow in speaking prophetically to all around me. i want my voice to be a reflection of the Father, and how he views each and every one of us. i want to speak His love and compassion out. we live in a world full of negativity. i want my voice to pierce that darkness with the power and love of the Father.