“God wants us to beat up all the bad guys!” my son stated with conviction. He was trying to convince my daughter of something she knew to be false, but he said it so boldly she stopped mid conversation and had me confirm for her and my son that his statement was false.
I thought this was such a great illustration of how Satan works in our lives. We know our God! We know His promises! He never changes. He forgives. He loves. He is faithful and honest. The list of His wondrous qualities goes on and on. However, when Satan starts to bend our ear we begin to question what we know of God and ourselves.
Satan can be so convincing that the things we are certain of one day – we distrust the next. We have to know our heavenly Father inside and out, we need to trust Him and find comfort in His promises. When we know God intimately, we will be able to discern the truth and see through Satan’s schemes. As soon as Satan anticipates a weakness or lack of faith on our end he will begin to attack. “And do not give the devil a foothold.” Ephesians 4:27 We have to stand firm. God is our hope and “we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19
I do believe Satan is real. I do believe his lies, deceptions and sins swirl around us everyday. It is war, but I choose not to focus on him. Our Savior sealed his fate. He is defeated! Our Father in heaven should be our focus and our guide. The only way Satan can affect us is if we choose to believe him over God.
Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Psalm 43:3
Choose to look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Psalm 4:25. For before you, is our Father in Heaven who only has plans to prosper us and give us a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 He is able. He can do all things. He will give you rest. He will never leave you. These things are true. They are not deceptions! If you have been the victim of worry, anxiety, depression, guilt, resentment or anger. . . change your focus. Turn your back on Satan, his lies and betrayal. Look to the only one who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy. Jude 1:24
Trust God and He will handle the rest!
“But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” Jude 1:9