Evil is when Satan touches the heart of man with the intention of destroying the purposes of God. He came to disrupt God's plan for us, to do away with our true self. His strategy was to wound our heart as early as possible.
Satan's subtle influence in our lives hinders us in very common ways, such as feelings and thoughts of fear, rejection, shame, unworthiness, not belonging, and self-hatred.
When we are hurt, we conclude that the key to being accepted is to be different than we are. The false self, the mask, is our plan to save ourself from pain. But underneath the mask is the hurt that we've tried to cover and a constant fear of being exposed.
Most of us have childhood experiences that told us we didn't measure up in some way. Satan reinforces the lies and hurts repeatedly until we accept them as true.
People go through life afraid that it is true that they are somehow inferior and unworthy. They are deperately afraid that other people will find this out.
As I have been involved with people in areas of healing and deliverance, it always surprises me how extremely afraid most people are of facing and exposing the areas of woundedness in their hearts, not understanding that confronting these lies is the key to their freedom and healing.
From the moment the enemy hurt you, God has had your restoration in His heart.
"For THIS REASON the Son of God was manifested, that he might DESTROY the works of the devil." 1 John 3:8
The first step to being free of this darkness is to come out of hiding. Invite Jesus into the broken and unhealed places of your heart. Let God fill your heart with light until there are no more places that are blocked or hidden.
Bringing things out in the open causes them to lose their grip on us. It is necessary to come out from hiding in order to let the healing begin.
Your true self is the person God had in his thoughts when he created you. It is who you are before God - your worth, your value, what the Father sees in you.
If you want your wounds healed, if you want to find your true self, you are going to have to let your mask down, become vulnerable, and face your fears head on.
I promise that you will find that the boogeyman was really a lie.