Lately, listening to people talk about their struggles and worries, they seem to fear satan more than they fear God. The fear we are to have of God is not the same type however. There is an awe-inspiring fear we are to have of God and who He is. I hear many people talk about being “attacked by the enemy” and how “he needs to go” but I don’t see many of them doing anything about it. Should we fear satan at all? The Bible tells us not to fear, many times.
There seems to be a defeated attitude when situations in life come at us. I am guilty of this as well which is why I’ve noticed it so much lately. I know God has been talking to me about my attitude and my words. Until we see things in other people, we have a hard time recognizing it in us (Matthew 7:3-5).
When things don’t go our way we may start out with “well, that is just a door that is closed” and go on about our business. Then, another “door” closes, and another, so we start to doubt ourselves and maybe even start to doubt God’s love for us in the sense that we think we are being punished for something. When things get really messy, we may become angry and yell, “Why?”, at God.
The enemy doesn’t have to do much to trip us up. In fact, many times, we are tripping over our own feet. What do I mean by this? I mean that we don’t read the Word enough to know what our thoughts actions should be when the enemy attacks. There is a reason we are to put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) and a reason we are to keep a constant relationship with Him. If you aren’t hanging out around the Word you may easily be influenced by doubt, fear and worry.
Here is the one thing that keeps my head on straight when life starts coming at me like a bully on the playground: Genesis 3:14-15.
Those two verses will get my thinking in line and here is why. When God dealt with the “serpent” in the garden, He made him to crawl on his belly and eat dirt. Snakes don’t eat dirt. Worms do.
I recently had a conversation with some who are well versed in the Word and this was a revelation they had never thought of before. It made me meditate on this. How many of us walk around thinking of the enemy/satan as a snake, a serpent, a roaring lion? We think of the enemy as something scary. He’s not. It’s only in our thoughts that we make him scary. That’s how we trip over our own two feet. We aren’t reading God’s Word enough and standing on it. His Word says I am victorious and to fear not and that He will never leave me or forsake me. I can either spend my days crying and running away from a worm or I can stand on the Word of God with the worm crushed beneath my heel.
Genesis 3:14-15 (KJV)
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.