Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Shooting blanks

My dad was a teaser. All my childhood foibles were fodder for his jest. I wanted ammunition of my own. I went to my grandmother and asked, “Tell me something my dad did as a kid.” She laughed and told a story.

They lived on a farm, where, among other things, they planted corn by hand. Dad got tired of planting one day, but still had seed left. He dumped it all in a hole at the edge of the field, went to the house and declared he was done! In a few weeks his indiscretion was visible to everyone. He got a whoopin’ for that one. Finally, I had something on him.

Satan, the enemy of our soul, is looking for ammunition to use against us, too. And not in a playful way. We are warned, “Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour,” (1 Peter 5:8, NLT).

Satan’s goal is not to tease, but to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). But through vigilance and repentance, his accusations are meaningless. We are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37)!

Through daily prayer, Bible reading, and repentance, your soul can be safe.

Do you feel harrassed by Satan's accusations? How do you deal with them? Do you share your struggles with others? Have you discovered helpful strategies for silencing Satan? Please share your experiences and ideas in the comments!

NOTE: For the past and for the next several weeks, Tuesday’s post will be a brief two-minute devotional. Think, “Tuesday Two-Minute Devotional” or “Two-Minute Tuesdays or something  along those lines. ;-)

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