The Greatest Tool of the Adversary

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You aren’t good enough.

You did stupid things in your past, so you aren’t worthy of good things now. You made moral mistakes, so you are a bruised peach. You have never had a successful relationship, so you never will. No one can understand, will understand, your suffering. You deserve to be lonely. You are not worthy because you have sinned, and never will be. You have been hurt, so do not to trust now.

Lies. Pure, unadulterated lies. And if you believe them, the adversary has won. But! But, it is not too late.

One of the advantages the adversary has against us is the desire for us to be good people, to do good things. When we picture satan’s tools, we picture chainsaws, sledge hammers, and nail guns. In reality, his tool chest is almost entirely comprised of wedges, shims, pry bars, and weights. He doesn’t need to do a lot to get us to be open to the chainsaws, he lets us have that glimmer of doubt, he waits until we have a questioning look on our face, or for the realization that, whoops, I did it again. And then he sets a wedge.

Not even a big one, one of those kinds that are used to hold open the doors to the cultural halls. Think about that for a moment. How small, inexpensive, and insignificant those things are. Little pieces of wood or rubber, but yet they can hold the largest door wide open. But the adversary doesn’t even need to work the wedge either. He just sets it a little bit.

Conduct an experiment some day at church or work. Open the door a crack and set a wedge. The door is open, but make it just small enough that air can pass through or you can see through the crack. Then watch. Once the door is wedged, people assume it is ok to go through. They will open the door just wide enough for them to get through, then let it close back on the wedge. Some may reset the wedge just wide enough for them to get through. After awhile, someone will come along, see the door is wedged slightly open and assume it is supposed to be that way because no one has shut the door, and open it up completely, resetting the wedge so that people can pass through unhindered. No one questions why the door was wedged open. No one sits and watches to make sure only the right people are passing through. It is just assumed that the door is wedged open intentionally. Then, you go and pull the wedge out, and let the door shut completely, you could even lock the door, and people will be far more reticent about opening it.

Yes, that is what you are doing to yourself. But what do the wedges look like? How can we see them before we set them? Do they have names?

Yes, they do have names, and here are a few of them:

You aren’t good enough. You did stupid things in your past, so you aren’t worthy of good things now. You made moral mistakes, so you are a bruised peach. You have never had a successful relationship, so you never will. No one can understand, will understand, your suffering. You deserve to be lonely. You are not worthy because you have sinned, and never will be. You have been hurt, so do not trust now.

But here is the amazing part! They are all lies. They are all false. They are little pieces of wood and rubber that you set, that the adversary uses to let other sin, other self-defeating ideas come into you. This is not God’s plan. Nor is it what God thinks.

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Heavenly Father makes it clear in the scriptures and with every word from our prophet and leaders.

– I made you in my image, you deserve all I have, you are perfect.

– You have made mistakes, but that is necessary for you to strengthen in knowledge. And I gave you my Son so that those mistakes can be taken from you. You are perfect.

– You made moral mistakes, but again, through my Son you may be pure, unscathed, and unblemished. You are perfect.

– Focus on your relationship with Me, and you will have a perfect relationship, everything else will be OK. You are perfect.

– My Son suffered pain, humiliation, and betrayal, and then was killed. I allowed that because I love you so much, and so you can see that even the purest suffer, and realize that everyone does as well. You are perfect.

– People cannot survive alone, it is my plan that all should have companionship. Trust me and you will never be alone. You are perfect.

– Everyone is worthy of repentance. Through repentance, you are worthy of everything. My son made it so. You are perfect.

– Trust Me, your Father in Heaven, and you will find the faith to trust again. Open your heart to Me, and I will open your heart to the right people. You are perfect.

These are the truths. These are the gentle little kicks that it takes to move the wedge and lock the door. We all deserve love, companionship, trust, and joy. But these little subtle lies that the adversary uses robs us of the greater joy, because they are easy, little wedges to set. We always have to open the door to get to where we want to be, where Heavenly Father wants us to be. Sometimes it is the wrong door, but we have to open it to see. Just be wary that when the wrong door is opened, that little wedge isn’t set when you aren’t looking. When you close the door, remember the truths, be vigilant, and kick the wedges out.

Heavenly Father doesn’t care what you did, if you have repented, He cares that you are moving forward, and that the wedges aren’t set in your doors. He will make available to you someone that will feel as he does: you are perfect. Accept it, relish in it. Heavenly Father wants you to have joy and companionship. All of the adversaries wedges are to make you keep looking back on things that Heavenly Father has let go, so you miss the people that He wants in your life, and the good things that are yet to come.

You should want joy and companionship too. But you have to let go in order to gain.

Those wedges keep you looking back, checking old doors. You can’t move forward if you are doing so, and by doing so, you are missing out on opening the doors to an amazing, peaceful, joyous life.



About the AuthorRick Jacobs has a BS in BS (Philosophy), a couple masters like things, and PhD in Survival from the School of Hard Knocks. Having experienced many sides of life and living in ConVersion 3.0, he has decided to take on the concept of “mingled with scripture” by using experience, common sense, logic, a little irreverence, and simple explanations to tackle sometimes baffling principles in the Gospel. A hard empiricist, he has learned that sometimes it is sufficient to choose to believe, having faith that someday he will understand. Rick writes, commits acts of art, starts businesses, and finds his greatest peace in bending his motorcycle into corners on curvy roads as fast as possible.  You can follow his blog at mingledwithscripture.rickjacobs.com.

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