Satan is a liar and there is nothing that he likes more than convincing you to do something destructive to yourself or your relationship with God. A bonus for him is if he can make you believe it is actually helping you.
Many people have been convinced that the following activities or attitudes will improve their walk with God or help them battle sin. They are all lies!
1. Try harder – I think we have all fallen into the trap that if we simply try harder our life will turn out ok. With a little more effort I can win my battles. Stated negatively, the reason I’m not winning in this thing called life is that I need to try a little harder. If I just had the right book (about zombies perhaps), I could win. In reality, we do need to take action, we do need to make a decision, but we need supernatural strength to win. We need supernatural power because the battle is not in the natural, it is in the supernatural. “We do live in the world, but we do not fight in the same way the world fights. We fight with weapons that are different from those the world uses. Our weapons have power from God that can destroy the enemy’s strong places.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 CEV 
2. Time heals all wounds. Sounds good and once again, there is a kernel of truth, but a whole lot of lie. Have you ever visited a rest home or convalescent home? I have met many beautiful people in these places, but I have also met many hardened, angry people, angry at life and angry at the world for what has happened to them. Time didn’t heal their hurts, it only hardened them to life. They were deeply hurt by some one. They expected one thing and received just the opposite. Then, in an effort to protect themselves from getting hurt, they put up a wall so no one could touch them or hurt them again. Little did they realize, each time they did this, they were creating their own prison, isolating themselves from the world, from people that cared about them, and from God. Time doesn’t heal all hurts; it often hardens hearts.
3. Fake it till you make it. The logic may appear to make sense: Look good on the outside and eventually it will change the inside. Unfortunately this is what characterizes much of the church today and as a result, the world looks on and sees the hypocrisy. It’s fake, not authentic. When I was a youth pastor I once played a game with my students using caramel apples. I set before the students 3 beautiful caramel apples. Secretly I had substituted an onion for one of the apples. From the outside, they all looked the same: delicious! I set up a competition with first place getting the caramel apple that was really a caramel onion. The student that won wasn’t very happy with me when he bit into it. Sweet on the outside but… You can look like a caramel apple, but unless you are an apple through and through, you will be found out. The caramel won’t transform you into something sweet; you’ll still be onion-breath.
In my next post I’ll list 4 more lies. What are some of the lies you have believed would help you win your battle against destructive behavior and sin?
 The Everyday Bible: New Century Version, 2 Co 10:3–4 (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2005).