Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only. Matthew 4:10
My son was planning to catch a lizard so he could keep him for a pet. (Yes, I told him if he caught a lizard he could stay for a sleepover and then we would have to release him the next day.) However, he informed me that we had to collect some dead bugs first so the lizard would have food when he stayed the night. I told him to look in the basement for dead crickets when he replied, “But, Mommy. I thought you sprayed that perfume stuff down there so the crickets wouldn’t come in?” It took me a moment and then I realized that the “perfume” he was talking about was the poison the exterminator sprays every few months around the house to keep the bugs out.
This lesson hit me hard! It quickly dawned on me that this is exactly what Satan does to us everyday. He masks the poison of the sins of the flesh, hurtful words, distrust, worry, fear and other worldly pleasures with excuses, disclaimers, exceptions and denial to make his poison look like perfume. The worst part of this truth is that we often fall for it. In fact, many times we are more quick to believe his lies over God’s truth.
Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Mark 4:15
This is why we must fill our minds, hearts and lives with the Word of God. We can’t allow Satan to form a stronghold over us, our minds or our hearts. If we have filled ourselves up with God there is little room for the poisonous lies of Satan.
My new 6-week Bible study is called In The Mi[God]dle: Keys to Keeping God in the Middle of all You Think, Do and Say. In it, we discover how we know God wants to be in the middle or center of our lives. How to get Him there, keep Him there and what we gain from putting God in the middle.
But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Mark 8:33
I pray we all focus on the concerns of God this week and not “merely human concerns”.