But you have…
We have all walked willingly out that door, right to him.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
The devil does not come in looking like the evil creature we see in the movies. He deceives and fools us. He looks attractive and trustworthy. He tells us things that we want to hear. He whispers in our ears. He tells us the things we are tempted by.
It’s different for everyone. Each of us has our own weaknesses. He plays off those and ensnares while we are weak, tired, or distracted. Unfortunately the devil knows us very well.
The devil wants you to feel alone.
He wants you to think no one cares.
He wants us to be unsatisfied, scared, sad, and angry.
The band Superchick has a song called “Stand in the Rain”
The words fit perfectly with this topic.
“She never slows down.
She doesn’t know why but she knows that when she’s all alone, feels like it’s all coming down
She won’t turn around
The shadows are long and she fears if she cries that first tear, the tears will not stop raining down”
Again, the devil wants you to feel like you are alone. I can’t count the number of times that being busy has distracted me from God. I may not be “sinning” as one would think; but I’m not focused on God. That is the perfect time for the devil to come and attack. He comes in the form of office drama, getting home late, have ten loads of laundry.
Those all sound silly, but when you are not focused on God, small things can add up fast. The devil knows what he is doing. He knows how to lay in wait for the perfect time.
The Word of God tells us what we can do to defeat the devil.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
If we submerge ourselves in the Word of God, we will always have what we need to defeat the devil.
No, it isn’t easy. We all have tons of stuff to do on any given day.
We have to make sure God is the focus and our priority. We need to seek him constantly.
If you get distracted, which I have plenty of times, get back on track with God as soon as you realize what happened.
Don’t walk out willingly with the devil and allow him to steal you away.