I generally assume the devil is in the details of life – quite literally. If I’m having a bad day, I assume that it is because the devil is working to drag me down to his miserable space. If someone doesn’t respond the way I expect (with sound reason) I assume the devil is testing me. Do you ever do this, too?
I find that I give the devil too much power sometimes. It is absolutely true that the enemy is there, lurking in the midst – hoping to lure us in and destroy what is good in us – but God gave us the power to resist his temptations.
“Submit to the authority of God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
When you close your eyes and envision the devil, what picture does your mind paint? Mine tends to create a larger than life demon that could easily overpower me, yet this is not accurate. He FLEES at the mention of the Lord’s name.
Remember, the devil CAN tempt us. He does have that power. But he cannot force our response. With Christ, we have an incredible power to resist and denounce him.
The devil’s goal is to render us so fearful that our response is to bow out of God’s great plans for our lives. He will come to you with temptations to give up in your work, and he will be tempting.
As mothers (and fathers) one of our greatest missions is to train our children well. Doesn’t it stand to reason that he would try to trip us up daily on this work that God has given us?
We have to fight him. Yet we are not alone. We have the power through Christ Jesus to defeat evil. We are not nearly as weak as we feel some days. We are not under the authority of satan, and we likely have to remind ourselves of this time and time again and he plots to render us helpless.
Rather than cowering in shame, or playing the role of a victim when temptation shows up, let’s band together to stand firm on the Word of God and push the devil out. When we feel that we can’t do something, because the devil is trying to plant fear over purpose in our minds, remember that we CAN. We can do all things through Christ, who gives us strength, courage, hope, purpose, and a plan.
The devil is no match for our ALL powerful God. Let’s refuse to say the devil’s name as we finish this devotional and prayer together. Why waste another breath on him when we know
“who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” 1 John 4:4.
Heavenly father, YOU are the all-powerful one. I know this well, but some days I give the devil more power than I should. Give me the strength and wisdom to understand my power and authority over him because you dwell in me. In your mighty name, amen.