satan’s defeat!

 

There was once a time in my life when I thought that I could never be happy. I went through day after day unhappy in my spirit and I expected things to continue in that vein for the rest of my life. I did what I could to bring some measure of contentment to my heart, but nothing I did alleviated the sorrow that dogged my steps.
I tried self-help books and I listened to motivational speakers and I exercised. I spent many hours at support groups offering cheer and encouragement and that helped for a while, because when you help others that lifts your own spirits as it is better to give than to receive.
I followed the bible’s precepts and commandments and prayed to God for many an hour. I walked Jesus’ footsteps as best I could, yet there was something missing. I continued to be troubled in my soul. I was confused because I had believed that if I followed God, all of my troubles would be over and I would be in a perpetual state of happiness for the rest of my time on the earth. But that was not the case.
For, you see, we have an enemy whose only job is to kill, steal, and to destroy, and that enemy’s name is satan. Just as many of us do not believe that there is no God, there are just as many who do not give credence to the existence of the devil and satan has been using that naivety to do just what he is on this earth to do: kill, steal, and destroy. He hates you and his only aim is to take everything from you that he can and to make you utterly miserable. He is out to destroy you and everything that you care about.
Before I learned about spiritual warfare and the wiles of the devil, I simply thought that I was not meant to be happy. But that deceiver was lying to my mind and I was falling for his lies and schemes hook, line, and sinker. But as I learned about the wiles (that means schemes) of satan, I also learned that I am more than a conqueror through Him that loves me. (“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 8:37) I also have power over satan and all of his kingdom. (“ Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19)
We do not have to fear satan because greater is He Who is in us than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4) Once I started putting the enemy under my feet, my happiness quotient went through the roof. It was satan all along who had not wanted me to know who I was in Christ so that I would be ignorant of his devices. (“ lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” 2 Corinthians 2:11)
I want you to know that you can be free in Jesus. I want you to know that you can be happy and fulfilled. But that knowledge cannot and will not come from me without a word of warning to you. We have an enemy to contend with. The best news about that is the fact that satan is already defeated. Jesus defeated him on the cross and made an open spectacle of the enemy. We fight a defeated foe. The only thing that satan can defeat us with are deception and lies. As long as you are walking in the truth of the word of God and keeping sin out of your heart and life, satan has absolutely nothing that he can do to defeat you. Sure, he’s going to fight you because that is the snake that he is, but he has already lost the battle. Soon, and very soon, he will be tossed into the lake of fire where he will burn for all eternity. (“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Revelation 20:10) That’s fantastic news, isn’t it? That great deceiver that has been causing all sorts of hell and havoc will finally get his comeuppance and will be tormented night and day forever and ever. That makes me so happy!
You do not have to fear satan. All you have to do is rebuke him in Jesus’ Name and walk in the love and light of the Lord God. The Lord came to heal the brokenhearted and to set the captives free. He came to give us love and peace and joy and He will do just that as you put your trust in Him.
Oh, blessed be the Name of the Lord.

Happiness Snuck Up on Me

The Lord is good. He is better than good. He has snuck up on me again and has left happiness in His wake. I had not thought that I would know what happiness would feel like for a very long time, but here I am, filled with it to my heart’s rafters.

I was laying in bed and felt complete peace and a warmth that encompassed my entire being. I felt at one with my world and the inhabitants in it.

I have been seeking God more and the subsequent episodes of happiness and peace have been a by-product of that search. The Lord said that we would find Him if we searched for Him with all of our hearts.” And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Je.29:13). So, I have gone on a manhunt, if you will. Only I haven’t been hunting for man. I have been hunting for God like someone seeking out great treasure. And I have been finding the treasures of God and His word. I have been as giddy as a school girl in love with her first beau.

I am aware that there are many people in this world who do not believe that God is real. But I am here to tell you that my life is proof-positive that He not only exists, but He is brilliant. For He has orchestrated the happenstances of my life in such a way that I can only shake my head in wonder of it all. If you would have told me that I would go from homelessness to a state of utter bliss and contentment, I would have told you that you were out of your mind. But that is where I find myself now. I am totally content with my life and would not change a thing in it. Oh, sure, there are certain things that I would not mind having, but they are not things that are paramount to my living a contented life.

Content. Not a word that I would have associated with my existence several years ago. Life was truly difficult and there were times when I wanted that existence to come to an end. But God had plans for me. He had jobs for me to do and this blog is one of those jobs. Only I did not know that then. Back then, I only felt pain. Pain in my body, pain in my soul, and pain in my spirit. The Lord was good to me and took all of that pain and replaced it with peace and love.

My life has been one of great suffering. Most of my life has been suffering personified. I have lost  everything that I held dear in life. I have endured excruciating pain in my body that lasted 24 hours a day for five years. I lived with a debilitating illness that left me bedridden 23 hours per day for eight months. That illness lasted for four years until God gave me a miracle and healed me and brought me off of that bedridden state. The list of my life’s suffering is long and agonizing. However, as I have stated in a previous posting, I am so much more than my suffering. I am a woman who has taken a lickin’ and come back kickin’. There is so much more to life than sorrow. In between the strands of heartache are moments of beauty so touching that it stirs the soul.

In this blog, I will be sharing both the suffering and the beauty with you. For both have made me who and what I am. The dichotomy between the two have given me the ability to help others through their own hardships. So, follow me. Follow me as I tell you about the loss of the greatest love I have ever known. The kind of love that is the gist of fairytales. See me as I show you great worth that comes from sorrow and suffering, two of the greatest companions that I have ever known. You will discover your own worth as you walk with me. I guarantee it. So, see me.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.