It has been a few days since writing, and the temptation begins to creep in subtly that a break is okay. However, in my experience, sometimes allowing a "break" is actually allowing a break-in. I guess what I mean is I feel a stirring to recognize the subtle and sneaky methods of the enemy...and then to report him to the Authority.
There have been little hints throughout my seemingly mundane Monday and Tuesday that have culminated into this sort of epiphany-type moment as I sit and pour out on this screen. And it started with a fly in my car...
Its buzzing around my face was so annoying as I was driving on a speedy stretch of highway that needed full attention (I say that like not every highway needs full attention - you know what I mean). I even spoke to it saying to "Get out of my car," and then came to realize that I don't believe I had dared to roll down a window when I said it. It hit me in that moment that it was the perfect picture of trying to resist the devil, yet not actually taking the full step in walking in the authority we were given.
There have been other happenings that paint a picture for me personally - a picture of the danger in giving the devil a foothold. Subtle entrances into our everyday lives that seem harmless are often warning signs that we have left the door cracked and an unwanted visitor has seen it as an invitation. It's time to send him packing and lock the door behind him.
As Jude wrote, I do desire to convey the care needed in rebuking the enemy. The fact that the archangel Michael used the words, "The Lord rebuke you!" reminds me that I have no power on my own to stand against Satan. The beautiful thing is that I don't have to fight him on my own. I can hide behind the Word of God and in the Name of Jesus. I can stand on the authority that the Lord gave those who believe Him, knowing that whatever I bind on earth is bound in heaven...and whatever I loose on earth is loosed in heaven. I can stand on the Scripture in Romans that says that the God of peace will soon crush Satan under my feet.
And I can shut the door.
I dare you to recognize where you may possibly be allowing the enemy a foothold into your life. If we don't deal with his break-ins, we may soon find that we are giving him his own key.
Father, thank You for piecing together those happenings for me like a puzzle that taught me that the enemy isn't happy with what is happening. Thank You for exposing his plan in its infancy. You are so good. I trust Your authority, and I depend on Your armor. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Ephesians 4:27, Matthew 18:18, James 4:7, Jude 8-10,
Romans 16:20, Ephesians 6:10-20, 2 Corinthians 2:11, Matthew 4:1-11