10 Lies The Devil Tells Teens
Updated: October 24, 2022
There are many lies the devil tells especially to teens and these are just some of them. Have you believed any of these lies or knows people who do? The reason why the devil does is because he wants to destroy your future as fast as he can. Warning: This is going to be a REAL post. No holding back! One of the reasons why I started working with teens was, well honestly, its because I still felt like one. I still remember a lot of the issues I went through, the feelings I had, but most of all I remember the lies I listened to. The lies the devil tells are vast but here were a few I wanted to share.
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8).
That someone is you! I see people protecting their book bag or purse better than they do their soul, their spirit, their body, their future, their calling. Wait! Now before you leave in a humpf because you think I’m some crazy Puerto-Rican Christian (I mean I am sometimes but I prefer the word zealous…loll!) who has no idea what she’s talking about, hear me out.
Anything I say here is solely because I want you to experience the life Christ died for you to have. I have no other motives and I know it because I have lived it.
There is an enemy who wants your life but won’t always come out in the most obvious ways, but in little ways like inspirational quotes, sayings, and books that help to slowly transition your thinking from biblical to satanical. Now, are all inspirational quotes and books satanic? No. How do you know the difference? Easy, does it match what my God says in the bible?
When we accept these non-biblical statements as our life motto, it will direct and affect our behavior in very negative ways.
I see people quote Marilyn Monroe all the time and I’m shocked. Unfortunately, she is not someone whose life I want to emulate, so why would I quote her? Her way of thinking took her to path I’m sure she didn’t even imagine would be her fate. It makes me sad and I don’t want others to be blinded by the glamour. So how do we protect ourselves?
I know it can feel like as a Christian we are so restricted and we are ask ourselves questions like, “What’s the big deal?” “You’re so extra with this Jesus business.” Well He was extra with me when He died on that cross! That was the definition of extra. Are there times to pull up your hair and put your feet up? Are there times when you can enjoy sex?
Absolutely, but those times come after obedience not before.
The lies the devil tells will have you believe that you are enjoying those things and he may have you believe it for a long time. Until one day, how far he took you and far you wanted to go start to blend together so much so that you don’t know which way is what leaving you broken in many ways and finding yourself jealous of those who are young.
One day, I remember looking at myself in the mirror and not recognizing the person I once knew. The girl staring back at me had a dark covering over her, she looked dirty, disconnected, and not at all what I thought she would be. I was only 15 or 16 and at the time, I had no power to change it. However, the Lord came into my life, I made changes, and I never once saw that person again and don’t ever want to.
Here are a few of the lies the devil tells I listened to. You may recognize some. You may disagree with some. However, let the bible be your guide, your compass for the direction the Lord has for your life, and Holy Spirit the voice when we need Him the most.
No matter how far one goes, one step of repentance erases a thousand steps of disobedience and because of His sacrifice you are immediately brought back to the throne of His grace.
Don’t ever let the statement, “Jesus died for your sins”, and scripture, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16), lose its mighty and life changing power in your life. How blessed are we to have such a gift?
Lies the Devil Tells
Lie #1: “You are young; you can do what you want!
”Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them.” (Eccl. 12:1)
When you’re young, you don’t realize that the habits you create now will carry over into the rest of your life. If you get an incurable STD right now, guess what? It will affect your body for the rest of your life. Now, this doesn’t mean if you do get one to end your life. Speaking from experience, the Lord will get you through it but if you can avoid getting one from being foolish like I was, then please hear me when I say, “Stay pure!” If you take drugs now, guess what? You won’t stay young forever and in fact it will start to age your body faster than anyone else. It will also affect the rest of your life if it doesn’t take your life. Unfortunately, I have family members who lost relatives in their 20s because of this. Too young! That is not what the Lord wants for you! These were a couple of examples but I could go on.
God is calling you to remember Him NOW so you can be at peace LATER.
Yes, you are young but use the physical energy, the “I can do anything” attitude, and ideas to further the Kingdom of God not to further the attack the devil has against your life. Both God and Satan have a plan for your life. Which one do you want to follow?
Lie #2: “You’re going to party in hell with the devil and all your friends.”
“The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt. 13:41-42)
Satan DOES NOT want to party with you. One of the craziest lies the devil tells but he tells it because he wants you in hell and the only party is the one he will be having torturing you.
He wants to utterly destroy you. Am I trying to scare you? Good! Hell is a scary place and people don’t want to preach about it anymore because it doesn’t make people feel good. It shouldn’t! Satan doesn’t want to party with you! He wants you to suffer. If he had all access to your life right now, he would destroy it in the most horrible way possible AND everything you love including your friends.
You don’t like the idea? Good! You shouldn’t. If you still think you’ll take your chances, it’s a horrible chance. I’ve been through enough deliverances to know the devil is real, demons are real, and anything to do with the dark side is real.
We can’t even take all the evil we see in the world and then we think we can stand a chance in dealing with Satan directly.
No, you can’t. Choose Jesus Christ! “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8).
Doing it the devil’s way I got an STD, an abortion, was in an abusive relationship, severe depression, suicidal thoughts, and many other things. However, doing it God’s way I got so many blessings I can even count them. I look around me all the time and think I should’ve died. He’s amazing! Satan doesn’t want you because he likes you. He wants you because he wants to personally destroy you because God loves you. Think of him as the jealous ex-girlfriend. Choose Christ! He died for you because that’s how much He loves you.
Lie #3: “Sex is no big deal.”
“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” (Heb. 13:4)
We live in a society where marriage is not honored at all. It’s mocked, downplayed, avoided, you name it. It’s lost its honor. Again, Hollywood has done a great job displaying sex as doing whatever you want, whenever you want, with whoever you want, and having zero consequences or building it to be some sort of super hero status.
However, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then you are called to give marriage honor because GOD holds it in honor.
It was His original pattern all the way back to the beginning. Marriage! Not a one-night stand, not the walk of shame, not “How many people can I sleep with?”, or “Who can I use to get what I want?” We think God is trying to take away our fun because He won’t let us do what we want.
Having an STD is not fun, FYI. Broken relationships are not fun. Abusive relationships are not fun. Even waiting around for sometimes decades for someone to marry them, is not fun! Do you really think Jesus died so you can have less than best? Constantly sick? Be someone’s maybe and never a yes? Can God turn ALL THINGS even STDs for your good? Yes! But why go that painful route when you have a different option?! I’m also not disregarding those who have had sex forced on them which led to sickness and any other negative effect, but I am talking about someone like myself who was perfectly healthy and chose to be foolish even after getting saved. I didn’t get an STD before Jesus Christ, I got an STD after because I didn’t know how to practically walk out my faith. Learn God’s standards and learn them quickly!
Boundaries often seem like restrictions until you see what it has saved you from.
Lie #4: “You have time.”
“Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” (James 4:14)
I think we all know someone who was/is “gone too soon”. We expect people to live to 80 or 90 years old. Whenever a young person is taken from this world, its considered a tragedy. Why? Because they never got to live their life.
I say an even greater tragedy is living a long life and given the power and opportunity from Christ to transform your life for greater purpose, and not doing it. Subjecting yourself to unnecessary pain.
I once heard the definition of hell is meeting the person you were supposed to be. People think they can accept Christ right before they die or when they are older, AFTER they’ve done everything they’ve wanted to. Do you know how many people are living with incurable diseases, drugged out, on the street, etc. all because they wanted to “live” their life? All because something “fun” became their god and was a terrible god at that. There’s also getting everything they wanted yet feeling completely hollow, unsatisfied, and alone because nothing can satisfy the way Jesus can. We see it all the time with celebrities and wealthy people. What kind of living is that? Can we even call it living?
Lie #5: “Be wild and free.”
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (Gal. 5:13)
How about, “Be zealous for God”? My professor defined zeal as a “jealous passion”. I love that! If you have ever felt jealous for someone, you know the fire that burns within. This is the kind of fire God wants from us for His glory. Use that fire to ignite the passion that will force you to move. Use your freedom to feed the homeless. Use your freedom to speak to those friends who need life breathing words. Use your freedom to love someone in the best way you can.
We become more free because we are working out of the power and strength of Jesus Christ rather than our own.
The damage we can do for the Kingdom of God is immeasurable. So rise up, warrior! Use that freedom, for His good instead of your downfall.
Lie #6: “No one cares.”
“But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matt. 10:30)
This is a statement from our Savior (if you feel like He isn’t your Savior yet, He can be…you can say the words…Lord Jesus I want you to be the Lord and Savior of my life, I repent of my sins, and ask You Holy Spirit to take residence within me, I pray this in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ…done! This is the beginning of the rest of your life, now walk that walk! Let us know in the comments below if you said this prayer so we can celebrate with you). If He cares to know the amount of hair you have on your head, HAIR, then trust me when I say He CARES. Have you ever had a stuffed animal collection, rock collection, any collection in general, or a hobby? You probably know every detail, every fact, every name about it. Why? Because you care to know, you love it, it interests you.
He knows all about you and cares to know about you.
So even if the whole world seems like they don’t care about you or have even said it to your face. The Creator of the WHOLE universe says He cares about you. When you start to walk in that knowledge and in that truth, you will see that He will work on the rest and bring people alongside you that do!
Lie #7: “Nothing can touch you.”
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23)
When I first became Christian, I didn’t change my behavior right away. I was still sleeping around, dressing super provocative, amongst many other things. The weird thing was when I got my STD, I was shocked. Somehow, I really thought that because I was Christian I was covered. Nothing could touch me. Why did God allow that?
Well, I stepped out of His boundaries or rather never stepped in so I was at the mercy of Satan’s plan for my life rather than God’s will for my life. The lies the devil tells lead you to his plan so be aware of what voice you’re listening to.
Now I’m not saying that God still didn’t try to warn me. Looking back, He did everything to steer me into making the Godly decision that night, even a snowstorm, but I, me, myself, chose to still go the sinful route. In his mercy, He did use the STD to grab my attention and it made me do a major turnaround in my life.
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Cor. 10:13)
With STD’s and sleeping around, it’s not IF but WHEN. Take the escape route. Better yet, get a purity plan in place before temptation ever comes into place.
Remember, death comes in many forms. Death of a relationship, death of dreams, death of self-esteem, death of children, and sometimes death itself. But with God, there can be so much more to life and eternity. Choose Jesus Christ and the life HE has for you now.
Lie #8: “All paths lead to God.”
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
In America, (I can only talk in this context because this is the one I am familiar with) we have so many options with anything and everything to do with life that the idea of having only one option into heaven is insulting. We have the availability to send things back, get refunds, exchange goods for something better, etc. WE think we can carry this same mentality into eternity.
The truth we live in is, HE is THE way.
You will find yourself chasing many gods in this life and will be left empty especially when you cross over into eternity. You will find yourself face down in front of the One True God either thanking Him for salvation at the end of your days or begging Him for second chance when it’s too late. I read somewhere this quote, “I rather live as if there is a God and find out there isn’t one then to live as if there is no God and find out that there is.” Even as much as I like this quote, the truth is frightening if you don’t accept the invitation of eternal life through Jesus Christ that is before you.
I KNOW there is a God. Therefore, my steps are determined by this fact.
If you are a believer, you should know this too. I don’t know about you but I choose to live in the abundance of His love because it is so much sweeter than anything I have ever known. Nothing in this world will satisfy.
Lie #9: “You have no purpose.”
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a]and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer. 29:11)
When there are plans, that means you have purpose! If He didn’t have a plan for your life, you wouldn’t be here. It’s as simple as that! Regardless if people called you a mistake, an accident, not wanted, or whatever garbage they want to throw at you, it DOES NOT CHANGE the fact that GOD spoke you into existence, has a plan, and a purpose for your life.
It’s one thing to not know what your purpose is versus thinking you have none.
God says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7). Ask Him what your purpose is and PAY ATTENTION! Shut those voices out of your head, keep your eyes open, listen to the nudging’s in your heart, and look for opportunities.
We usually get an idea of what our calling is when there’s a burden for a particular thing laid on our hearts. For example, I remember just wanting to talk to teens about purity and sharing my story. One day I heard a radio ad for a “True Love Waits” seminar the NEXT day, my schedule divinely opened up, I had the means and the want, so I went for it and the rest is history. It was the beginning of this ministry. You have PURPOSE. Yes, you do! Run to the open door.
Lie #10: “It’s/it was your fault.”
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:16)
I don’t know what kind of help you need in your life. Rape, abuse, being severely ignored, or left by a parent or both parents, may have left you feeling ripped at the seams and to top it off someone may have blamed you for it. Can I release you by saying, “It’s not your fault”? If people were sent to jail, marriages, broken, or severe punishment happened as a result of what happened to you, it’s not your fault. There is evil in this world and it comes in many horrible forms.
You may have many questions as to why God allowed it. Those are questions only the King can handle and answer. He wants your honest questions so He can give you healing answers. Take the time, however long it takes, and sit with the Lord and ask away.
I remember having these types of questions regarding my past especially my childhood. He cared about my questions, loved me, and answered me tangibly. Relationships come by being relational. He is a relational God. It will only make your love for Him stronger when you allow Him into those deep hearted questions and allow Him to provide the healing salve for your wounds. Yes, it is possible. No, it wasn’t your fault.
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)
This post started with 6 lies the devil tells. However, the Lord kept giving me more to write about and trust me there’s still many more lies the devil will tell you in your lifetime. This is not an exhaustive list. I was even hesitant to write this much but I know that if God wanted me to write it. If He wanted me to write it, then it was for one of His children who desperately needed to hear it.
I also pray that if you don’t have Jesus Christ in your life that you would ask for Him to be part of it. There are no prerequisites to salvation. You just ask Jesus Christ to become Lord and Savior in your life with the prayer listed above under Lie #6, walk it out this faith obediently, and then watch Him show up and show off in your life over and over again.
Remember, even though the lies the devil tells are vast and have entangled many which could include you, our God is MIGHTY and will come when you call. The Word of God will shed light on each and every lie offering freedom to those who take it. Armor yourself with knowing it so you can cut down the lies the devil tells with quickness and skill.
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Maryann Lorts5 years ago
Thank you. I have two teens and a tween in my house and we are always discussing these topics. It provides me with some further thoughts to talk to them and for when they face unbelieving friends and relatives. Thank you so much
Nina Daugherty5 years ago AUTHOR
You’re welcome. I’m so blessed to hear you’re talking about it with your kids. Keep it up! It’s definitely an ongoing conversation! 🙂
Melissa McCollister5 years ago
I thank The Lord for leading me to you today! I have two sons in their twenties and a teenage daughter. My oldest son is in a very bleak, dark period of his life right now. I have tried to talk with him for sometime and witness to him, but he has such a wall built up. He’s angry at the world; and he’s believing the lies of the enemy. All of the scripture references you shared and valuable life points you made, are such a blessing and will be of great help!! God bless and keep you always in His perfect care!!!
Nina Daugherty5 years ago AUTHOR
Thank you so much for stopping by..I also have another website called howtoloveyourteenager.com if you need more resources but God we life up her babies to you especially her older son and ask that you speak into his life right NOW God..we cancel all lies from the enemy against his life as a son, man, and every other hat he juggles in his life..remind him of his worth, your love for him, and Your plan for his life..we ask that any negative influences would be silenced in his life and that he will seek Your refuge, comfort, and strength! We pray for communication to open Lord so his Mom can speak life back into him and help pray for his needs..we pray all of this in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ..bless you Mama! Keep fighting for your boy..you are a Warrior Princess in your home!
Prosdie4 years ago
I have liked this as a Sunday school teacher
Nina Daugherty4 years ago AUTHOR
Awesome..thank you so much!
Ria3 years ago
I thank God for this post. I’m looking for something that really necessary for the teens to know and understand the tricks devil use to trap them.
I’ll share this post with my teens.
I pray God use you more and more.
Nina Daugherty3 years ago AUTHOR
Thank you for those encouraging words. I pray it helps your teens.