Getting Revenge On The Devil….

IMG_4509.JPGThis is what I tell the devil a lot. You had one job with me Devil. Take me out! And you failed! I give him his props for his effort. I even admit graciously that he came close. But then I tell him again , you still failed!! All you’ve managed to do is light a fire in me that never would have been there without you.
If that’s you too today, feeling like you just came through an assassination attempt. Congrats, you have made it through! Not saying there isn’t damage done, but damage can be repaired! How can we live our life starting now as the survivors we are? How can you and I live in such a way we make the Devil sorry everyday he messed with us?
First of all love. Go out and love others. No conditions, not expecting anything in return. The devil wants nothing more than for us to be bitter and angry because of what we’ve been through. After all just because he couldn’t take us out, doesn’t mean he won’t settle for making us ineffective while we are still here. Love is his true enemy. Love wins over hate every time. And the Devil can’t control you or me if we are too busy loving , he needs us filled with hate and anger to do that.
Second, spread the word of God. One of the ways we can do that is through the above mentioned showing of love. We are after all called to love like Jesus did. And to be the hands and feet of God. When we love others correctly (unconditionally, without expectation) we are spreading the truth of God. Another way is to share your story with others. Be open about your struggles. Be honest about your weaknesses and what they have done in your life. Be honest about your struggle to follow God sometime. People need to know that they are not alone in their hard times. They need to know someone else understands. Once you have been totally honest about your struggles and conflicts, then tell them about your God who has seen you through it all. Even after your mistakes, your mistrust in Him at times, He has still pulled you through. That will give them hope that God can and will do the same for them. And it’s a great way to remind yourself just how much God has done for you. One of my biggest struggles is unbelief at times. Not believing that God can, but that He will. This can be true o think for those of us who have had a string of bad events in our lives. This made me think for far too long God would not hear my prayers, because of my moments of unbelief. Until I could change that about me, I was out of luck with God. Then a friend shared a scripture with me that helped turn all of that. Mark 9 23-24 “If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” And then after the dad said those words, Jesus healed his son. As long as we are honest, God is still there to help us. Fake belief is always trumped by an honest “I want to believe God, help me with my unbelief.” So don’t hide your story from others even if it’s got some moments of doubt in it. People need to know that they are accepted by God still, even in their doubt.
Last we have the audacity to still live expectantly. Even after the loss we have faced, the hurt, betrayal, whatever else, we still expect good. We live hopeful in what is still to come. I agree with what you might be thinking right now. I struggle with it too. Is this you right now, “How can I live in hope when so much has been lost? How can I believe good is coming when I’ve been through so much bad in my life?” I get it. And I can’t answer that for you. I can’t make you willing to take that chance. I can only tell you what helps me. Not that I don’t have moments of feeling hopeless at times. But this has truly helped me to have those moments less often, and snap out of those moments faster when they do happen. It’s Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future..” I even have it on my bathroom wall to remind myself many times a day. It reminds me that God is for me. He is for you too. Even though your life may have been hard, trust me mine has been too. And I don’t say that lightly, it’s been a tough life. But weaved in it has been good too. We just gotta look harder for the good. God wants to fill us with hope. He wants us to live abundantly. He wants you and I to live our best life. But we can’t do that only expecting bad. That’s what that Devil wants you and I to do. Again if he couldn’t take us out, he will settle for us living feeling defeated. You are not defeated! I am not defeated! It’s time we stop living as we are.
Coming through the bad is just the first step. Now we need to shake the dust off, look that Devil in the eye and say, “You don’t get to have me!!!!” What you meant for bad Devil, God and I will now use for good!!! You messed up Devil! You had one job!! And now I have one job too! Live!! Not just exist but live!!!! So let’s get to it shall we?

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