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.