Dec. 22, 2022

NOT TODAY SATAN...OR EVER!

NOT TODAY SATAN...OR EVER!

Not Today Satan!

As we approach the end of another year, we find ourselves facing a new year with a mix of hope and trepidation. We know that there will be challenges ahead, but we also have confidence in the Lord’s help and guidance.

The Lord is my helper; I will not fear—Hebrews 13:6

We have an enemy, warrior, and he is a liar. He “fills the world with lies” (John 8:44 MSG). He doesn’t tire of his work . . . and he is clever. He reserves certain lies, holding them, waiting for the right time and for the right men. For he knows that some of his lies are more persuasive at certain times and under specific circumstances.

In this coming year, let us learn from our past mistakes and continue to grow in our relationship with Christ so that we may better resist these lies when they come our way!

As we stand now, looking out at the expanse of a new year, he knows it’s time to whisper fear into the minds of men. He’s whispering, to those who’ll listen, to be afraid of what trouble might be coming. He’s whispering this lie now because he understands our nature. He knows we like control. He knows we like to know what’s next. He knows it’s difficult to feel “in control” when facing the uncertainty . . . when anything, really, might happen.

And so, he knows it’s time to take advantage.

Because that’s what he does—he takes advantage of our fears and our weaknesses: our desire for certainty, our need for control, our preference for order over chaos—all these things make us vulnerable to his lies and manipulations in ways that make him rich while they leave us powerless and afraid.

We face a choice, friends. We can choose to accept his lie, shoulder the fear, and shrink back from this world—returning to things that offer us just a little comfort: work, food, alcohol, pornography, distraction, and withdrawal. Or we can reject his lie and spurn his fearmongering by holding tight to the promises of God and moving forward with faith that no trouble will surpass God’s ability to protect us and care for us.

“This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike ‘What’s next, Papa?’” (Romans 8:15-17 MSG)

 

⚔️ Okay, so what do we do?

It’s time to declare what we believe and with whom we stand. It’s time to declare these things before God and before our enemy.

Warriors, we have been made a promise of victory by the one who is greater than any enemy we could ever face. We have been given an enemy who is already defeated, and all we need to do is believe in him.

So let us stand together as warriors, united under Christ, and declare our faith in him so that he can use us as his instruments of justice against this world.