Dear Satan –
It’s only in the past several months, do I feel like I’ve REALLY gotten to know you better. In no way do I consider you a friend, and yet you are always around me in your very unwelcome presence.
Satan, (which means adversary, but I’m sure you already know this) you have been trying to walk with me step by step lately. I prefer our relationship how it’s been most of my life: you farther away. You used to stay on the periphery of my daily routine and happiness. Somewhere recently, you decided to change how you interact with me. You’ve come closer to my loves and heart than I ever imagined. And I’m really getting sick and tired of it.
I must have forgotten what a dirty fighter you are. I see you try to invade and destroy family and friends. At least you are treating us all the same and seem to be working equally hard on them. And I see how you aren’t limiting it to just people I know. You’re giving it your best with worldly endeavors also. I imagine one of your favorite things and best weapons right now is technology. Our cell phones are a wonderful distraction from face-to-face interaction and conversation. This device which allows us to contact others around the world is remarkable at isolating us and has become a superb way for you to manifest neglect. Social media has provided you such a clear avenue to distribute hatred and self-loathing which is really doing a number on us as suicide rates are at an all-time high.
Don’t even get me started on how pornography has given you a great foothold and seems to have allowed you to gain incredible momentum. It invades the nooks and crannies of nearly anything electronic. There is currently a significant problem with human trafficking – often right under our very noses.
I’m seeing how Christianity is treading water right now as hundreds of churches are closing daily. Neither have I lost sight that our nation is staring at an opioid crisis that threatens a generation. Addiction of all types and abuse on every level is ruining so many lives. Processed foods and drinks provide a perfect canvas to wreak havoc on our human bodies.
There might not be many people who see you as Lucifer, but I know you wear other clothes to disguise yourself. Some of your favorite outfits seem to be doubt; heartbreak and pain; shame, pride and fear. You wear these so well that we often hang out with you in these “garments” for an extraordinary amount of time. Years sometimes even and when we wear them with you, we become quite comfortable in them.
Over the past year or so you started to snake your way into my earthly treasures. Like the coward you are, you are taking cheap shots while I’m weak and grieving my father who died last summer. You are working extremely hard on my son. You’re trying to sneak into my marriage and I know you are working on my physical and mental well-being. I confess. I often get tired of constantly fighting this battle. You’re an expert at what you do and sometimes my best strong is merely weak.
I remember how in the Bible, you tried to convince God that Job would turn away from Him. God allowed you to test Job. You brought out some big guns and did some terrible things and took almost everything from him including his animals, farmhands, his house and his children. It was hard for him: “I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; only trouble comes.” Job 3:26 (NLT). Yes, in his weakness, Job questioned God. We all do that. But ultimately, Job didn’t break. He still praised God. No matter what you did, Job would not curse God or lose his faith. After all of it, God blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning!
Dude, I’m like Job! I refuse to curse my Savior! I’ve read the Book and know that light always illumines the darkness! Light. Always. Wins!
Yep, I know I might have moments or even days and weeks of weakness, but God has made me strong. The same power that rose Jesus from the grave lives INSIDE ME (and us)! “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.” Romans 8:11 (NLT)
Satan, you can’t defeat that! You might as well stop trying. I refuse to give up and lose my faith. “You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.” James 2:19 (NLT) I’m glad God scares you and that you don’t like hearing He is the One. Maybe that will send you away.
And just to be clear: going forward instead of pain, shame, fear, pride and doubt, my new wardrobe will consist of the armor of God. “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11 (I encourage you to also read verses 12-18). I will be diving into the Bible to wear truth instead of listening to the lies you whisper in my ear.
So, devil, I know you’re out there. I know you’re lurking everywhere and are catching us off guard. But you’re on my radar now. You will begin to lose your power. The love of Christ came to save us. Jesus came and showed us how to live. Unlike you, He is nothing but love. “We have all been made as a wonderful masterpiece to do the good things He planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10).
Love wins, we win. And you, Satan, will lose.
In Christ’s love and truth,
**image above from https://www.researchgate.net/figure/The-sunbeam-illusion-or-crepuscular-rays-The-sun-shines-through-clouds-creating-regions_fig2_258857320