“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun,with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth,so that it might devour her child the moment he was born… This ancient serpent, the Devil and Satan; the one who deceives the whole world.” // Revelations 12:1-4,9
What’s the motivation behind abortion? It’s hard to come away from this passage without seeing who is behind our culture’s rush toward killing unborn children. Certainly, abortion is more than a political issue, it’s a highly personal situation involving crisis and tragedy on all sides. But death is Satan’s currency throughout history, his stock-in-trade. He loves to “kill and destroy,” unlike Jesus, who came that we might, “have life abundantly” ( John 10:10).
“The thief comes only to steal, to kill, and to destroy. (John 10:10a)”
Don’t try to “Nerf” Satan. He isn’t someone to think lightly of or to taunt or ignore. No, Satan’s only goal on this Earth is to Steal our joy, kill our hope, and destroy our faith. He knows his time is coming when Jesus will cast him out and imprison him in eternal darkness, but boy he’s going to take as many humans as he can with him. I don’t understand the lighthearted nature our culture has taken to looking at sin and its wielder. As Sam so aptly said to Frodo, “He’s a villain! Why can’t you see it?!”
Our souls are at war. But this isn’t a fight we can win; in fact we already lost 2000 years ago when Adam and Eve fell. But we have hope, we have salvation, we have a future in Jesus. Jesus came into the world; not to condemn it, but to save it. Jesus told us that “I have come that you may have life and have it overflowing. (John 10:10b)” Jesus’ promise was twofold. He came to give us an abundance of life, a life so full that it overflows into those around us. Imagine pouring a pitcher of water into a sippy-cup. Overflowing. Jesus not only came to give us life, He promised to protect us from the greatest villain of our time. Hitler, Stalin, everyone pales in comparison to the evil of Satan. But in order for us to have an overflowing life, Jesus promised to protect us and fight for us.
It comes down to this. Once you accept Jesus into your heart and the Holy Spirit comes upon you, there isn’t any room for anything else. Jesus washed our souls clean. The only way a demonic forces can come back into your lives are if you invite them back in. It’s simple really; don’t engage in a lifestyle where sin can enter in and take hold. Jesus has given us so much life, why look for it anywhere else?
Worship is Fearless //
“When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me? In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4, 10-11
There is a war raging on inside our hearts. We have desires and we have doubts. Both are equally valid as long as we realize where these whispers are coming from. You see, God places desires on our hearts, very often to fulfill them to prove just how much He cares and to prove that He keeps His promises. But on the other side, Satan will come in and be entirely convincing with lies and fears and insults. He’ll whisper, “You don’t deserve that, you’re not good enough, you’re not pretty enough, you could never do that or be that good.”
There is a place for fear; to respect and be in awe of your God, to know how righteous He is. We see it time and again in the Bible; to “fear God.” To fear means to deeply respect and be humbled by His might. But Satan does not garner that same respect from you, no. Jesus tells us and shows us that if we resist Satan and his demons, they will flee.
The Lord is my light and my salvation, so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? - Psalms 27:1
What is Fear if not the opposite of anything good? Does happiness live with fear? Can joy be present in fear’s company? Can trust stand firm when fear strikes at its walls? Doubt, worry, anxiety: All are byproducts of The Enemy’s main weapon; Fear.
You see, Satan has no hold over us, he never created anything, and he can’t physically touch us. But he can mislead. Those whispers that say, “you aren’t good enough, not pretty enough, not strong enough;” They are all lies trying to make you fear and doubt your trust in God’s plan. What if things don’t work out, what if I can’t see the way through these trials? Questions like those course through us along with the adrenaline that Fear induces.
But take heart, stand your ground, find your courage.
The Lord is my light, the Lord is my salvation… Whom shall I fear? The Lord is my fortress… Why do I tremble? God doesn’t go back on His promises. He promised to deliver us, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jer 29:11)”
I’ll go ahead and share some of my own experience with fear, doubt, rejection; the whole nine yards. You see, currently I’ve been dealing with relationships, and it’s actually been a really great opportunity for me to grow in maturity and faith. Basically, the lies that Satan has been whispering to me have been that I’m not good enough, or worthy. Other times when those attacks work, he moves on and taunts me by saying things like “Oh, you were so close. You’ll never have that chance again.” Or when I did finally make the right decision, he would stab me with doubt. Well guess what, Satan, I know your tricks, I know your lies. I know that God is on my side and that I made the proper decision. How? Why? Because I feel God’s peace on me, my fear has been stripped away…
Imagine your life if you chose to just walk away from fear. What if the shrapnel in your heart was removed, piece by piece; every volatile fragment of pain wiped away? What would be left? Think about it for a second; don’t just skim the rest of this. What if the things holding you back were cast aside? What if the lies of the Enemy were revealed as such? What would be left in your heart?
Imagine the life that Jesus wants us to live. In Matthew 8:26, He asks a simple question…
“Why are you afraid?”
And if the devil wants to come for me, I will tell him to his face
You can have my body but you cannot have my soul
In the Heavens I will be singing songs of hallelujah
You can have my body but you cannot have my soul
No, you cannot have my soul