5 Ways to Whack Satan

It was Sargent Singer’s Pizza Circus where I whacked my first mole. My 10th birthday party was there. Since we usually had parties at home, I was beyond excited to have a party at the pizza place. My friends and I were entertained by singing animals and arcade games. One of my favorites was the Whack-a-Mole.

I wielded an oversized padded sledgehammer and waited for the moles to pop out of their holes. As tiny sculpted mole heads came up one at a time out of the six holes, I attempted to whack them back down. But as soon as I saw one and swung, he would duck back in the hole and another would pop out from a different hole across the board. It was frustrating and gratifying all at the same time. The more moles you actually whacked back down, the higher your score.

Sargent Singer’s is long gone. And while I haven’t played that arcade game in years, I feel like I’m playing it all the time – only I’m whacking satan instead of moles. He pops up in one area of my life and I bop him over the head with all my might, but before I can settle back down in satan-bopping satisfaction, he rears his ugly head somewhere else.

The constant whacking and swinging can leave one worn-out and overwhelmed. Before you throw down your padded sledgehammer, let’s talk about some ways you can battle the enemy.

1. Stay in God’s Word
The Bible is God’s gift to us. If you’ve been in church any length of time, you’ve heard that so many times it feels a little bit like a Christian greeting card. But it’s truth. When you learn the power of God’s Word, you’ll understand.

So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 NIV

The more time you spend in His Word, the closer you will draw to God. And His Words will get deep down in your heart so that you can pull them to memory when you need them.

2. Use God’s Word
When satan rears his head in your life, whack him with scripture. Use “the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God.” (Eph. 6:17) Even Jesus quoted scripture when satan tried to tempt Him. Pick a good power verse that deals with an area where satan tends to pop up and memorize it. Then when he shows his head, say it out loud. Satan can’t read your thoughts, but He can hear you speak.

3. Remember Who Satan Is
Satan is a LIAR. That’s not a rumor I heard in high school. I didn’t read it in the Huffington Post’s latest article. It’s Truth. The Bible says it. Jesus himself condemns satan saying, “He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44 ESV)

If you hear satan telling you something about yourself, your marriage, your spouse, your friends, your health, your finances…you name it, know this: IT IS A LIE. Jesus himself said there is no truth in him. So stick out your tongue and tell satan, “Liar, liar. Pants on fire!”

4. Listen to Praise Music
When you are struggling with letting your thoughts snowball into a giant mess of anxiety, put on some praise music. Let the words of praise and thanksgiving fill your ears and your heart. As you listen, find things for which to praise your Heavenly Father. Lift your hands and dance. God is good. Music is used all through the Bible for worship. Let it fill you and change your outlook on your situation.

5. Pray
God is with us all the time. He is the Almighty Creator of all things. Unlike, Amazon Echo’s Alexa, you don’t have to be in a certain room to ask questions, and you certainly don’t have to call Him by a certain name. He will hear you when you call. Ask God for help. He really is all powerful and all knowing. Those aren’t just sayings people say at church. It’s Truth. God has the capability of lifting you from the situation you find yourself. And whether He choses to lift you out of it or teach you from within it, you can be assured of this – He will be in it with you.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. Isaiah 43:2 NIV

Ask God for strength. Ask Him for wisdom Pray with other believers over your situation. Prayer is powerful.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 NIV

Whatever you do, don’t give up. Don’t let satan steal from you. So grab your padded sledgehammer and keep on whacking.

Carol

The Power of a Story

In days of old, before Snapchat and Facebook, before Instagram and Twitter, before removable type and the creation of mass produced literature and books, there was story telling. It’s the way one generation would tell the next of family heritage and how the world works.

Everyone loves to hear a good story. But let’s be honest, we also have the need to tell our story. Don’t believe me? Have a look on social media. What do you think everyone is doing? They are telling their stories.

I ate this incredible dinner at Ye Old College Inn. If you go, you have to try the Po’ Boy.

I got an Instapot for Christmas, and last night I made dinner in nine minutes! No lie!

Baby Charlotte just took her first steps! Our lives have changed forever. #sheisrunning

We are all just telling our stories. And somehow in doing so, something amazing happens. For some, telling them brings healing. For others, listening and learning how others have walked through similar experiences has given strength and inspiration. We cry together. We laugh together. We pray together. And through it all, we draw closer. We find similarities in each other and we find courage to face another day – all through stories.

There is power in telling your story.

Social Media’s newest trends are videos and live feeds. More than pounding out the words on keyboards, we want to talk and share. We want to tell our tale where others can truly listen in real life – or at least as close to real life as we can get through a computer screen.

Jesus was a story teller, too. He used parables to teach people life lessons. He found it was an effective way of sharing the gospel with examples the people could understand. Christ wanted to make the Word of God become more than words read by a priest in the temple. He wanted it to be real in their lives – to have meaning. He wanted it to affect the way they worked and lived.

Tucked in the pages of Exodus is the story of how Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came to visit him and bring his wife and sons to him. Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and into the desert. His wife and two sons were back with her family in Midian. Now remember, the Midianites did not worship God. Moses had taken a foreign wife who worshipped other gods. So when Jethro, came to visit Moses in the desert, Moses told his father-in-law how his God miraculously saved them from the Egyptians. He also shared how God had provided food and water for them in the desert.

Here was Jethro’s response:

Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the Lord had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians. He said, “Praise be to the Lord, who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that the Lord is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.” Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat a meal with Moses’ father-in-law in the presence of God.
Exodus 18:9-12 NIV

Jethro had an encounter with God. He heard Moses share everything the Lord had done for them, and Jethro became a believer in the One True God. The Bible says he confessed God (“Now I know that the Lord is greater than all other gods.”), and he brought a burnt offering to the Lord.

Jethro’s encounter with God was a direct result of Moses sharing his story about God’s deliverance. God used the recounting of His goodness to draw Jethro to Him.

What amazing things has God done for you? Has God placed someone in your path that might benefit from your story? Never underestimate the power of your story – or the power of your God. Today, share one amazing thing the Lord has done for you and see how He will use it.

Carol