Lasso the Lies: Throwing Satan out of the ring- one lie at a time!

This Summer I have been given the incredible opportunity to work with some amazing female leaders on a program for teen girls. Through the course of this program our goal is to help these girls identify the thoughts that Satan is trying to get them to believe about themselves, and equip them to take control and expose them as lies. Last night, we talked about what it looks like to “lasso the lies”. Let me explain:

 Have you ever been to a rodeo? Growing up on the East coast (New York, Virginia, and now Florida) I cannot say that rodeos have played an memorable role in my family outings. I have attended a rodeo or 2 in my day though. A popular competition at any rodeo would involve cowboys (cowgirls) lassoing livestock that are let loose to run rampant in the ring.

 Sharon Jaynes, the Author of the book I’m Not Good Enough explains it much better:
One Saturday night, we attended the local rodeo. There we sat, three city slickers among whoopin’ hollerin’ locals. The cowboys’ skills entertained and amazed those of us who thought a Bronco was a 4-wheel drive. Cowboys, young and old, rode bucking broncos, raced around barrels, and conquered angry bulls. But the most thrilling event was the lassoing contest.

We all sat on the edge of our seats as the cowboy waited, poised in his saddle, anticipating the calf’s release from the chute. The corral door swung open and the calf burst from the gate. The cowboy exploded through a second door with lasso in hand, and pursued the bucking, twisting, galloping animal. He lassoed the calf’s neck, threw him to the ground, quickly wrapped the rope around his legs, tied them securely in place, and immediately jumped up and raised his arms in victory. As the victor stood receiving his applause, his trained steed took three steps backward to secure the rope in place. 

The timer continued to run for a few seconds to make sure the calf was indeed captive.  Then the cowboy’s time was posted on the scoreboard. Time and time again, cowhands lassoed little calves, secured their captives, and raised their hands in victory. Only a few times did a calf escape the rope and make his way out the door on the other end of the corral.

I’ll admit that I was feeling a bit sorry for the little calves, even though they were released as soon as the time was logged. The first time one escaped the lasso, I applauded wildly.  Angry onlookers let me know with a glare that cheering for the calf was not acceptable.  As I continued to watch the contest, the Lord prodded my mind and told me to look and learn. Suddenly it hit me. This event was a perfect picture of what Paul described in {2 Corinthians 10:3-5}.
Sharon continues her story:

Those calves reminded me of wild and wooly thoughts that burst forth from the stable of my mind at times: negative, rebellious, fearful, angry, worrisome, jealous, degrading thoughts that are untamed and unruly, bucking, jumping and running wild across pleasant plains. And when my thoughts are ungodly, my reaction should be like the cowboy’s: ride up hot on the thought’s heels, lasso it with the truth, tie it up securely, and throw it in the dust. My response should be just like the cowboy’s trusty trained horse who, automatically, because of practice, takes three steps backward to make sure the deceptive thought “ain’t goin’ nowhere.

Have you ever had thoughts that seemed to run wildly in your mind like wild calves in a rodeo ring? 

Are you prepared to lasso those wild untruthful thoughts, tie them down (rendering them powerless) and throw them out of the ring?

This is just what God wants to help us do. God offers us the power of His Spirit and the training manual of His Word (the Bible) to make us professional rodeo cowgirls and cowboys. With each lie that we lasso, we are slowly breaking down the stronghold Satan has on us. We are essentially throwing Satan out of the ring- one lie at a time!

Additional Tips to help you Lasso the Lies:
  •    How can we know if our thoughts are godly or not? Check out: Philippians 4:8, Romans 8:5-6, 2 Corinthians 3:17; 2 Timothy 1:7
  •        Just like in the Rodeo where we cannot successfully lasso a calf without the help of a professional, we cannot lasso the lies Satan tries to get us to believe without the help of God’s Holy Spirit. What can God’s Holy Spirit do? Check out: Romans 8 and 2 Corinthians 3:3 
  •    With each lie that we allow to run rampant in our mind, we are giving Satan a strong hold on who we are. Check out: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

A stronghold does not protect us but it protects the enemy who is manipulating our thoughts and suggesting our actions (Sharon Jaynes).

  •    Often a stronghold is something that we chose to hold onto that ends up holding onto us (Beth Moore).
  •   Satan is much weaker than he seems but with every lie we choose to hold onto we make him seem larger and more powerful than he really is. 

      • Think of exposing Satan just like Toto exposes the “great wizard” in the “Wizard of Oz”. The “Great and Powerful” wizard didn’t seem so intimidating and powerful when his true identity was revealed.

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