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

Praise Your Way to a Brand New Marriage

“Ugh, my hair needs cutting, and I look fat,” I spoke to the mirror while trying to make sense of the haystack of hair floating around my head.

“Ah-hem.” My husband cleared his throat and gave me the look. You know the one that says stop what you’re doing – now. His hand on my back; he spun me around, “I think you are beautiful. I’d like you to list me five things about yourself that you like.”

Crickets chirping…

The Cafe is running one of my posts again. This one is a great reminder. Join me for a re-run at the Cafe today and find out how I used praise to help my marriage. Click HERE to read the rest.

Carol

Better Than A Blue Light Special

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 NIV

My mom loves to shop.  Now I know a lot of people love to shop but not like my mother.  Shopping to my mother means finding the absolutely lowest price on the absolutely best product.  If you meet someone in my family and compliment something they are wearing, they are likely to tell you the story of how they got it and what a bargain it was. 

You must understand this about my mother to understand how her wildest dream came true.  K-mart was going out of business.  The store closest to my mom’s house was completely closing down.  On the way home from dinner one night, my mom talked my dad into stopping.  “Everything is 90% off,” she cajoled.  “Fine,” he agreed, “but we can’t stay long.”

My mother took the fifteen-minute allotment my dad had given and ran with it.  In fifteen minutes, she found quite a few items at rock bottom prices.  It was hard to leave, but she did.  Seeing her disappointment at walking away, my dad told her she could come back if he could go home first.  She gladly dropped him by the house and returned to shopper’s paradise.  But she had no idea what was about to happen.

As she walked in the door the K-mart employee told her, “$25 for a cart.”  “No thank you,” my mom drawled in her gracious southern accent, “I haven’t a need for a cart.”  

“Not for the actual cart, m’am. It will cost $25 for whatever you can fit in a cart.

As my mother’s eyebrows arched, somewhere the heavens opened up, and angels brought forth glad tidings.  I’m sure Mother heard the trumpets.  Picture if you will, my curly brown haired mom frolicking, almost skipping, behind the shopping cart as her arms stretched this way and that virtually raking in shelves of knicks and knacks. 

When my math teacher mother had figured out the arithmetical formula for fitting the most items in her shopping cart, she arrived at the checkout – resplendent.  She looked around in sheer confusion at the other shoppers whose carts were less than full. 

Her arrival at home found my dad in his favorite spot, his easy chair.  My mother waltzed in with a bag in each hand.  She returned to the car and got two more.  My dad watched as she went back and forth each time producing more and more bags.  And in my mother’s words, “When I came in with all those bags, I just couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face.”  It was a dream come true.  “ I just kept looking for cameras,” she explained, “I knew I must be on one of those shopping spree shows.”

Friends, God wants us to have a “better than a blue light special” moment, too.  He wants to give you the desire of your heart.  God doesn’t want you to hurt.  That doesn’t mean He won’t let you hurt.  Sometimes, we have to grow from those experiences.  Does my mom find a bargain every time she shops? No.  Sometimes, she looks and looks and can’t find anything.  But, there are days when she has a Paradise in K-mart moment.

God has those moments prepared for you, as well.  Look beyond today, and find joy in what a loving God we have.  Praise Him for loving you enough to provide you something better than a blue light special.    

 

Carol