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Devil B Gone

Psalm 68:1 – “Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.”

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the latest and greatest of temptation getter-outers – Devil B Gone. You gotta problem with sin – Devil B Gone. You gotta problem with temptation – Devil B Gone. You gotta problem with that pesky neighbor or overeating or lack of self confidence – Devil B Gone. It’s your one-stop-shop for all problems, situations or ethical questions you may have. Devil B Gone.

Are you laughing yet? Trust me, when it popped into my head, I laughed too! 

But it all started when I heard a Crowder song – “Run Devil Run”. Love. That. Song! It’s upbeat, full of truth and likely to get your hands clapping in praise. Just sayin…

If you had access to something guaranteed to make the devil take off runnin’, don’t you think you would use it? You’d be crazy not to, right?

Well, David wrote the first “Run Devil Run” song right here in Psalm 68. The devil hates God, right? The devil wanted to take His place. You can’t care about someone and want them to be gone. By reason of deduction, the devil must hate God. That makes him an enemy. David says that His enemies flee before Him – “Run Devil Run.” 

So, you, being a child of the King, have God as an ally. So guess what. The devil hates you. He wants to attack you – hence the need for the Devil B Gone. And you have it – Jesus Christ – the Ultimate devil repellent. You walk with Him, you have less problems than if you don’t. Notice how I worded that – I didn’t say you would have no problems. I said they would be less. You see, in the Light of God’s love, problems and temptations look different. Jesus gives you exactly what you need to reject and conquer them. 

But all this hinges on one very important detail – you must be with Him. You can’t be off looking at other things. You can’t be dinking around behind Him. You have to be right there beside Him. It’s the only way this repellent works. 

So, don’t be fooled by the world’s attempt to help you take on something as dangerous as the devil. No, this calls for big guns. This calls for an all out assault on the spiritual realm. And you have just the thing to make it run – Jesus Christ. 

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Let Your Little Light Shine

Matthew 5:14-16 – “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

The “little folks” sang one of my favorite children’s songs yesterday – “This little light of mine.” Such great spiritual truths in a song sang from such little mouths. 

As children of the King, we should all have the Light shining out from us. Others should be able to see that Light from any distance. 

The first verse of that song says, “Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine!” We sometimes hide our Light. We are afraid that others may make fun of us because we choose to let It shine. But we shouldn’t let that hold us back. Our Light is what makes us who we are. It is our driving force! Why hide it?

The next verse says, “Won’t let Satan blow it out! I’m gonna let it shine!” The devil is going to do whatever he can to diminish the brightness of our Light. He’s going to huff and puff and do whatever he can to make our Light seem dim. We have to attend to that Light. Nothing can blow it out, but if we let him, he can make seem like the flame is  leaning and becoming a glimmer. It’s our choices that cause the Light to seem to waiver. The Light doesn’t change, but our perception of the Light changes. If the devil can turn our perception far enough away to think that the Light is gone, he has won. We cannot let him think he has won. 

The last verse is – “Let it shine till Jesus comes! I’m gonna let it shine!” The time is coming quickly. We must be diligent and active to shine our Light. 

So let me encourage you this week to let your Light shine! Don’t hide it away. Don’t let the devil try and blow it out. Let it shine!

Know who you fight

Ephesians 6:10-12 – “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places .”

We depend so much on our sight. We want to see the beauty of God’s creation. We want to see the smiling faces of our loved ones. We want to be able to read. Our sight is vitally important to us. 

So, how are we supposed to fight someone we can’t see? We can see the ground before us and look to where the holes might be in the grass, but sometimes we miss one and fall in. We can watch the traffic out on the road, but sometimes someone does something that causes an accident that we never saw coming. 

As a follower of Christ, we do not battle against things we can see and touch. We battle against principles and ideas. And at times, it gets really dark because we find ourself in a battle with “rulers of darkness” and “spiritual wickedness”. Serious stuff. 

We like to joke that the devil is this dumb little demon with horns and a pitchfork. But in reality, we are facing a fallen angelic being who is a maniac with destruction in his heart. This isn’t some little red being snearing in the corner, rubbing his hands together and giggling mischievously. No, 1 Peter 5:8 says this – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”. A lion. There is nothing sweet and innocent about a full grown lion. I don’t believe that Peter was speaking of a cub here. 

Sometimes, we all need a reminder of who it is we are dealing with in our daily life. We need to be vigilant in remembering that this devil is no cute and mischievous little demon. He is a full grown, mean and nasty, ready to tear you apart kind of being. You need to be prepared. 

The great thing about all this is God doesn’t leave us without protection. We have the armor of God. Read Ephesians 6:13-18. It’s all right there in black and white. It is ready for you to check out and apply. 

Hide and seek

James 4:7-10 – “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

Do you remember playing hide and seek? I never really liked that game. I was terrible at waiting for the person seeking to come and find me. I would giggle or move or do something else to aid them in finding me.

We were talking yesterday in Sunday school about how God is omnipresent. He sees all and knows all because He is everywhere. And that’s a good thing. However, we were talking about the fact that there are some people who run and attempt to hide from Him their entire lives and then at the end decide to accept Him.

As I was trying to explain this to one of the younger students, one of the older ones said, “It sounds just like hide and seek.” I was taken aback. I love it when God uses someone younger to see things in a totally clear light and then uses them to shed its light for the rest of us.

And she was right. Jesus pursues us just like someone playing hide and seek. An unsaved person is the one hiding. They think they can hide from God in all sorts of places. Unfortunately, most of those places are dark and scary and dangerous. If they would only step out and allow themself to be found, life would be so much better. The fellowship is so sweet with the One who is seeking us. The thing is, He knows where we are at the entire time. There really is no hiding from Him.

But there is one that we do need to hide from – the deceiver. You see, he wants us to think that we want to be found by him. He wants to make us think that we need to find him. He is where the fun is at, right? But seeking him is attempting to hide from God.

So instead, we need to hide IN God rather than attempt to hide FROM God. And that is a humbling experience. That means that you admit that there is no way of escaping sin on your own. It means admitting that you need help. When we say “no” to the drawing of the devil and “yes” to the arms of the Savior, we chose to become cleansed of unrighteousness. We get another opportunity to be a good sheep.

So this week, don’t play hide and seek with the devil – where you are hiding from God and seeking all that the devil has to offer. Instead, play hide and seek with God – where you are hiding from the devil while seeking out His truth and righteousness. It sounds juvenile to think of this Biblical truth in these term, but sometimes God uses the “simple” to compound the “wise”.

Devil’s snare

1 Corinthians 10:13 – “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

We were watching a movie the other day and one of the pickles that the characters found themselves in was an imaginary plant called Devil’s snare. This plant will attack and wrap its vines around its victim. The more they wiggle and squirm, the tighter the plant squeezes and the more intense the wrapping becomes. But, if the victim can relax, the plant will loosen its hold and drop the victim. The key is to relax. 

Now, even though such a plant does not exist, the devil is real and he does try and entrap us into his snares. As I was thinking about what to do my blog on this morning, God brought this scene to my mind. When the devil successfully entraps us in his snare and we realize what we have gotten ourself into, we begin to wiggle and squirm. We are fearful that we will be caught or will never get out. And the more we try to wriggle out of the situation, the more it seems like the devil squeezes harder and his snares become more intense. 

But God is faithful. He always provides a way out. Sometimes you just have to search it out. And sometimes you just have to relax and trust Him. You have to choose to stop moving around in your sin. Stop trying to handle things on your own. 

Have you ever had a bumblebee buzzing around your head? When you try and swat at it, what does it do? It attacks, right? If you will just sit still and be calm, it will realize you aren’t a flower and will go away. Most people, though, freak out, start swatting and run. And what happens next? Sometimes the bee follows them. “The threat must be eliminated” is being thought by the bee. 

When the devil sees that he is going to get no where with you, and if it’s God’s will, he will turn around and leave you alone.  But sometimes, you just prove to be a challenge to the devil and he keeps going. That’s when you have to cling tighter to this verse. You have to remember that God will provide a way out. You can avoid the devil’s snare all together if you search out that escape before it even gets started. But if you find yourself elbow deep in something that you know is wrong, God also provides a way out then as well. 

It all boils down to when are you going to choose to see the way out. Are you going to realize the sin right off the bat and seek an exit immediately or are you going to wiggle and squirm in the sin for a while and then seek a way out? The choice is yours. 

It’s a new week. A new opportunity to start off on the right foot. A new opportunity to make the choice to live more like the Savior. A new opportunity to choose to get out of the sin you might be in. A new opportunity to exit those things that are keeping you from walking closer to Christ. Let me encourage you today – if you are trapped in the devil’s snare, remember, Jesus provides a way out – find it. And if you see sin walking up your sidewalk and getting ready to knock on your door, lock it. Don’t even let the devil look in the window. Sometimes the best offense is defense. 

Anger management

Ephesians 4:26,27 – “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.”

Do people ever make you angry? 

Well, duh, Melissa. Of course they do! Do people ever make you act in your anger? Probably at least sometimes, right? 

Being angry with people is a part of life that we all have to deal with. We will get frustrated with our spouse, our kids, our co-workers, our classmates, our parents – you name it! Every person you ever meet will eventually make you angry at some point or another. Guaranteed. But it is how we deal with that anger that is important. 

You see, when you get angry you have a choice – you can either forgive and forget or you can you can hold onto that wrong forever. The first option is what God would have you to do. The second is what the devil would have you to do. The devil wants you seething. He wants you to take that wrong against you and wear it as a badge of honor that everyone should know about and experience. He wants you to carry that grudge day after day, week after week, year after year. Eventually, that grudge gets mighty heavy. You feel as though the weight of the world is on your shoulders. And you begin to notice that this horrible grudge is beginning to effect the rest of your life. It may take days to take effect or it may take years. Either way, eventually it will corrode your joy, your happiness, your peace. This is exactly what the devil wants. He wants your joy gone – you are more susceptible to more anger that way. He wants your happiness gone – without it, you are looking for people to be angry at.  He wants you peace gone – it keeps you on edge that way. 

All of this yuck is exactly why God instructed Paul to encourage the Ephesians to not let the sun go down on their anger. He didn’t say to not get mad or angry. He knows better than to ask something that is not attainable. He did say to not go to bed angry. Don’t give yourself the opportunity to wake up the next morning mad. It will do no one any good. When you go to bed angry, you are saying to the devil, “Welcome. Come on in and stay a while.” And let me emphasize, this is your choice. You choose to let him stay. You choose to invite him in. Sounds harsh, right? But you know it’s true. We have all been in a situation where we have to choose to let our anger go. We have to decide that we are not going to let the situation effect us. We have to choose to deal with the anger issue before we can rest properly. 

So let me encourage you this week to guard your heart against anger. I know better than to request that you don’t get angry. But when you do, choose to get rid of it before you rest. Do give the devil an opportunity to take up residence in your heart. 

Oh no! She’s up!

Romans 12:2 – “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

It’s a new day. Yesterday’s mistakes and failures are a distant memory. You have a fresh slate. Nothing is written on it. Today is your opportunity to do something amazing.

Isn’t that nice and encouraging? Don’t you feel like going out and conquering the world now?

And then you look up and see dirty clothes left all over the floor from last night’s fiasco and everyone forgot to put their ice packs for their lunch boxes in the freezer and you just used the last towel, so that means you need to do laundry and you feel like you have gained 10 pounds from that yummy hamburger you had last night. Welcome to real life.

But don’t despair, there is hope. You see, you can transform all these yucky things into something good. The clothes on the floor – you are able to provide fun for the kids and they have clothes to wear to that fun. The ice packs – some kids won’t even have a lunch today, let alone one that is the right temperature. The towels – praise God for a washing machine! The hamburger – it was time well spent with family. Perspective. It’s all about perspective.

When you open your eyes in the morning, you have a choice to make – you can either jump out of bed and go about you day OR you can take a moment and enter the throne room to talk to your Savior for minute. You know that all the craziness is waiting for you when you finally peel yourself out of all those warm covers. You know there will be problems to be solved, hurts to heal and victories to celebrate. But you also know that there are people in your life that need you to talk to God about them. They need you to intervene for them. Talking to Jesus before you get out of bed helps to foster an all day dialogue with Him. I find it’s true in my life. If I just get out of bed and go, I am more likely to neglect Him all day. If I choose to talk to Him before I get up, I tend to talk to Him more all day long.

And that makes the devil crazy. The devil wants you to get up in a rush and then get frustrated when you hit the kitchen and see the disaster awaiting you. He wants you to forget about Jesus and His offer to walk with you through life.

But this verse reminds us to be transformed. And that transformation should happen before our feet hit the ground. When you slap off that alarm in the morning and open your eyes, open your heart as well. Don’t let the world in before you have an opportunity to let Jesus in first to guard the door. And be that kind of woman that when you wake up, the devil says, “Oh no! She’s up!”