Luke 10:18-20 (The Message)
Jesus said, “I know. I saw Satan fall, a bolt of lightning out of the sky. See what I’ve given you? Safe passage as you walk on snakes and scorpions, and protection from every assault of the Enemy. No one can put a hand on you. All the same, the great triumph is not in your authority over evil, but in God’s authority over you and presence with you. Not what you do for God but what God does for you—that’s the agenda for rejoicing.”
We have all heard the phrase, ‘Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.’ I think that when we invite the presence of satan by giving him undeserved power, we make a mountain out of a molehill.
Anytime we attempt to put something above the Lord, we make a mountain out of a molehill. For God is the only Eternal Mountain.
A friend of mine who has been suffering the beatings of the enemy lately knows his authority in Jesus. However, he boastfully exclaimed recently, “Bring it on satan.” I told him that he should be cautious with the words he uses. Spoken words are extremely powerful.
We can claim victory in Jesus without necessarily antagonizing the devil. Ways to get the devil off of our backs are not by human boasting, but rather by speaking Jesus’ Name and claiming His Blood, worship and praise of Jesus, studying and quoting Scripture, wearing the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), and asking for intercessors to pray fervently on our behalf. Telling the devil off won’t work effectively unless it is approached in a warfare prayer setting when two or more are gathered and with an attitude of dependency on the Lord Who is the only One Who gives us the authority to trample on snakes and scorpions.
Even though we are promised and are clearly confident that He WHO is in us, is GREATER than he who is in this world, set a goal of INCREASING JESUS and DECREASING SATAN. Oh, and don’t ever say, “I don’t see how things can get any worse,” because things (situations /circumstances) can definitely get worse in the natural.
As believers we face opposition enough without having to invite the devil to join us for a boxing match. When we are running with Jesus, we will indeed face the enemy head-on consistently. In fact, it’s important to recognize that we should be dealing with the devil on a regular basis if we are spiritually fit.
Confronting the devil is part of our daily agenda, but some people are so fired up over the devil that they fail to recognize that the more power we give to satan, the more power he will steal from us. Next time the devil tries to convince you that he has your number, have the attitude of “Oh, it’s just you” and praise Jesus.
We need to respect satan as a worthy adversary, much like we should respect the forces of nature like powerful atmospheric storms, treacherous seas, etc. We ALONE are not invincible! BUT with GOD we can master any situation in the spiritual realm. That’s why it’s important to walk in the Spirit instead of walking in the flesh. Even though we have to live in this world, that doesn’t mean we have to be of this world.
We can walk in the fruit of the spirit of meekness to maintain a calm temperament, which is not easily provoked or rattled. This also means not having to have the last word with someone. It exudes class, and it is an exceptional characteristic of Christ. It parallels with the fruit of self-control as well.
We are called to be bold and to proclaim the Truth regardless of who likes it or not, but we shouldn’t be obnoxious or deliberately offensive. Why would we waste our time being intentionally abrasive with others or the devil?
If we try to argue or debate people regarding our stand for Christ, we are likely to lose that battle. Pastor Chris, of Church of the Highlands, said it best when he declared, “No one can argue with a changed life.”
The Truth is that the enemy is already defeated, but he is sly and can harass us IF WE LET HIM. His strategy is old school, and if he can cause us to flinch, he will continue to badger us and keep us from fulfilling our mission for Christ. Don’t let the devil get the BEST OF YOU…..use the BEST OF YOU to reflect the Light of Jesus Christ.
NOW THAT’S SOMETHING TO BRAG ABOUT!
MEEKNESS ISN’T WEAKNESS…
DON’T DOUBLE-DOG-DARE THE DEVIL…DARE TO SPEAK THE TRUTH INSTEAD!
THE BEST DEFENSE IS DRAWING NEAR TO GOD!