I am slowly learning to recognise Satan’s lies.
He focuses on our weak areas and exploits them.
It has taken me a fair while to understand how Satan gets in and robs me of joy and peace. Last weekend I was robbed of everything that was good, which resulted in misery for everyone. I felt anger and bitterness and I was so taken up with “me” that I didn’t care about the impact on others. I was taking forgiveness back and deliberately causing hurt.
I am so thankful to God that he broke through that bitterness in the small hours of sunday morning and that clarity was given. As I opened that book I was reminded yet again of the necessity to firstly forgive. It’s only when we do what’s right before God that He then begins to work in us, giving us peace and healing.
As the week has gone on, I have thought about this. Forgiveness is so huge and hard, that it doesn’t take much for Satan to get in and spoil our lives and relationships. He loves to get in and cause friction and separation and damage. Satan wants us to take forgiveness back and nurse bitterness and resentment. We can be so easily sucked into this mind set where bitterness and unforgiveness reign, that it’s then very difficult to get onto the right path of doing the only thing that pleases God : a deliberate forgetfulness of those sins committed against us.
So when we have been through a massive hurt or betrayal and we want to lash out because something has come to mind, what do we do? It may be easy in theory, but when these negative emotions arise how can we actually combat them?
The bible says :
“Resist the devil and he will flee from you” ( James 4:7 )
So this week at the first sign of unease, I have been on my knees and prayed that I would listen to God and not the devil.
I have had a few situations where thoughts that are negative have come to mind. I have had to bat them away, and ask God to protect me from those fiery darts. I have told Satan that he can shake his chains, but he is bound and cannot harm me and I have told him to flee in the name of Jesus. I have known a wonderful peace this week that up till now I have not known. I thank God for his grace and his mercy in this, and for many incidents this week that can only have come from God. Meeting new friends that I have seemed to really connect with, meeting lovely friends that are discerning and give wise and godly counsel, unexpected phone calls and friends sending me scripture.
Since Monday, it really feels like God has comforted and cared for me in ways that I can’t express, and most of my worry and anxiety and fretting has abated. Wonderfully, God has enabled me to leave it at the cross. I have felt a peace and a calm that can only come from him.
I know so well that I need to be on my guard. That Satan is wandering around like a roaring lion seeking to rob me of joy and peace. I can only rely and depend on God’s amazing goodness and grace.
I have been reading an article by Thomas Brooks. He says there are 10 ways to resist satan’s darts. They are:
- Be ruled by the word
- Beware of grieving the Holy Spirit
- Labour for wisdom
- Resist the first stirring of temptation
- Labour to be filled with the spirit
- Keep humble
- Be constantly on guard
- Continue communing with God
- Do not engage Satan in your own strength
- Pray constantly
Thank you that you have shown me many things about the importance of listening to you alone. I need to look to you constantly for help and strength. I know that if I rely on my own confidence I will drown. Help me to be completely dependant on you in every area of my life, and look to you for help and counsel constantly. It’s only by looking to you alone that I will know joy and peace. I pray that the Holy Spirit will enable me to not listen to Satan, but listen to what your word tells me, and in so doing I will be aware of satan’s tactics and resist them. keep me close to you.