There’s this quote I heard from a few mentors over the years. “If you haven’t run into Satan in a while, you might just be going the same way as him.” The quote was used in an effort for my fellow adolescent friends to check our motives and our morals, to make sure we were living for the Lord. So, I decided a few years ago that I was going to stand up to the Devil. My idea was taken from the passage in scripture in Ezekiel where God looks for a man to stand in a gap in the wall. The gap in the wall is just the size of a man, and God wants one man to stand in the gap. I told my mom and friends, “I am standing in the gap. Bring it on Satan.” So, I started working on my faith walk, and building my life on the principles of Christ. One of my friends and I used to talk about how we had the Devil beat when it came to temptation. It seemed like a few days later, one or both of us had stumbled and fallen again. There was something, I didn’t know.
My enemy is smarter than I am.
I’ve been giving this a lot of thought lately. I’ve seen people on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, sermons, and other venues disrespect Satan, and almost taunt him. Now, I’m all for being with God. I stand with Christ, and I stand in Christ. However, I am fighting in His war, He is not fighting in mine. This is a battle Christ chose to fight first and foremost. The power that is inside of me is only through Him. There is nothing special about me besides Him. Christ determined that waging war against the Devil was the thing He wanted to do. Christ called me into His kingdom, and I am now fighting for Him, but I am fighting against darkness only through Him.
My old friend, Jude has something to say about talking to/about Satan and his friends. “In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!'” Jude 8-9.
Even, Jesus, when talking to Satan was respectful of him.
So, I want to give a different thought to you today. If you haven’t run into Satan in a while, it could be because he is cunning and deceptive, and is calling off all the evil host from attacking you so that you will become proud. Then, when you become proud, he will send every temptation your way, for pride is the root of sin. The pride that maybe you don’t need God after all. I am not an expert on the Devil. I just know that he likes to steal, kill and destroy, and that Satan appears beautiful, but in the end, you are only going to your death with him.
So to close, let’s do these two things together in 2012.
1. Fix Our Eyes On Jesus. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders, and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that your will not grow weary or lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3
2. Boast in the Lord. “Therefore, as it is written, “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” Give God all the glory. With Him, we have everything and lack nothing. Without him we are nothing, and lack everything. Let’s make Him famous together.