[the evil lies]
It’s late and I was about to go to sleep, but one of the scenes from Harry Potter kept sneaking up into my mind. It was the scene that I could so strongly identify with – both when I was reading the book and when I was watching the movie.
It is a scene when Ron has the Godric Griffindor’s sword and he has to destroy a locket which contains a piece of Voldemort’s soul, a so-called horcrux.
Now, for those who have not read / watched Harry Potter series, a bit of background info on Ron. He is the youngest boy in the family (the youngest kid is his sister Ginny). His family, while being a great wizarding family with values, is also extremely poor (I always wondered – why couldn’t they just *make* money – they could, after all, turn a cat into a kettle…). The well-known mark of the Weasley family is the red hair which can be a ground for a lot of puns too. Ron is not the best student in Hogwarts (neither is Harry, for that matter) and he (just like Harry) often survives just because of Hermione’s wit and wisdom.
NOW… the scene.
As soon as Harry spoke Parseltongue (snake language) in order to open the locket, out came a storm-like creature which, knowing that Ron’s got the sword that has the power to destroy it, attacked Ron.
But here’s the catch – it did not physically attack him. It attacked his self-confidence (which was nearly non-existent in Ron), it attacked his feelings (by creating a fake Harry and Hermione and making them kiss – knowing that Ron is madly in love with Hermione), it attacked everything Ron held dear.
Harry was in the background yelling to him to destroy the locket, yet Ron was unable to move at first – as if the ground beneath him turned to jell-o. However, gathering the last of his strength, he smashed the horcrux and the creature disappeared.
The reason this scene was so vivid to me is because very often the same storm-like creature tries to attack me. I do not see it with my eyes like Ron did, of course, but it sure knows the areas where I am vulnerable.
Did you ever have to deal with phrases like:
- You are worth nothing.
- You are stupid.
- You don’t deserve anything good.
- Your friends are not your friends – they are just using you.
- Your spouse doesn’t care about you – they are just waiting for you to make a wrong move and they will leave.
- God? God doesn’t care at all – He’s content sitting in His heaven and listening to the angels.
- What problem is it of His that you are sick?
- Your faith isn’t enough.
- Your dreams are dumb.
Sometimes these come from other people, sometimes we find ourselves asking those questions.
Good news? THOSE ARE LIES!
I grinned at Rowling’s weapon of choice for destroying the horcruxes – a sword.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:13-17, NLT
Besides, if we need another example of this, Jesus defeated every temptation the Devil threw on Him by quoting the Scriptures (Matthew 4), by wielding the Word of God.
I hope this message will encourage you as much as it encourages me whenever I have to battle the storm-like creature of Lies.