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Not Today, Satan

Mid-Week Motivation

Some days we wake up energized with a song in our hearts ready to take on the world.  Other days we wake up grumpy and focused on the dark cloud looming above us rather than its silver lining.

Ever stub your toe first thing in the morning and greet the day with a few expletives or euphemisms for expletives? Run into your ex and his  perfect, new girlfriend at church? Drop a ring down the garbage disposal that you borrowed from a friend?  What about getting up on the wrong side of the bed?   Perhaps it’s 12° outside, your gas tank is running on fumes, and you left your wallet at home. Yeah, that was my reality this morning. To all those things, let’s just say “Not today, Satan!”

I’ve noticed that I’m most vulnerable to his attacks when I’m tired, hungry, or homesick. Just when I figure out my triggers and devise a strategy to counter his attacks, he adds a twist to his tricks — proving that his moniker suits him. He’s a devil! After we succumb to his attacks, we usually feel used, dirty, and remorseful.

Recall how he tempted Christ in Matthew 4:2-11 after a lengthy fast. Our savior was ravenous and weak. Satan saw his opportunity and pounced! He challenged Christ to turn stones into bread–assuming it would end favorably for him since Christ was visibly weakened from his forty day fast.  Instead, he was met with a resounding no. Next, he told him to prove his identity by throwing himself from a high point — again assuming that Christ was at a low point. He even used scripture as his argument.  Slick move, Satan. Again, his attempts were rebuked.  Finally, he pulled out all the stops and offered Christ the world. This, too, was an epic fail. Silly Satan, tricks are for kids.

After these foiled attempts to lure Christ to the dark side, our Savior sternly told Satan to be gone!  In other words, Not today, Satan!  Shortly thereafter, angels surrounded him and attended to his needs.  We, too, need angels to attend to us when we’ve been tempted or just having a bad day.  Our friends and family are those angels here on Earth who can look at our dilemmas with fresh eyes and help us put things in perspective.  Rely on them.  Don’t be a Gloomy Gus or Negative Nancy all day today.  Actively seek out your angels, and be thankful that God  has commanded them to guard you in all your ways.

Note — In case you’re a little worried about me, I only experienced one of the scenarios above.  Can you guess which one?

Author:

I started this blog as a means of chronicling my journey of Servant Leadership, but I believe that it has taken on a deeper purpose. As visitors read about my every day experiences as seen through a spiritual lens, I know that they’ll take the meat of my messages — the scriptures — and nourish themselves. I’m sure they’ll remember the stories and get to know me as a result, but the anecdotes are merely the vessels that store the meat. My hope is that you find encouragement here, and when you do, please share it with me. Encouragers need encouragement too.

18 thoughts on “Not Today, Satan

  1. “Silly Satan, Tricks are for kids”! LOVE THAT!!!
    I am gonna repost this because, well, yesterday was a day… not as bad as yours, but well, bad enough…
    ENOUGH SATAN!!
    Blessings,
    Vicki

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  2. Reblogged this on HORSES DIRT AND MOTHERHOOD and commented:
    I am reblogging this post today because well, I NEEDED this encouragement today and I am sure some of you do to. My day wasn’t as bad as hers, it was just an all around irritating day. I love her line, “Silly Satan, Tricks are for Kids”!!
    It is the first week back to school for many of you after Christmas break or at least, the first week of a New Year. Call on your angels and declare NO MORE!!! Pray for each other today.
    Blessings,
    Vicki

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  3. Talk about perfect timing! I too had a long, hard night – bone weary and a little sad, I let my defenses down. The only temptation I gave in to was a pity-party before slipping into sleep, but I awoke wrapped in the Holy Spirit this morning! Most profound to me today is how we are all so uniformly knit together. Like minds. This post is too perfect to not reblog, if you don’t mind. ❤

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