[Get behind me, Satan!]
We all know that words are powerful. We’ve been built up by them, and we’ve been cut down by them.
One thing I know for certain is that the devil wants me to overthink and fret about what I write and share. I know that I’m not the only one he’d like to hold back with fear and doubt; a sweet friend also revealed that she’s experienced this same battle as she writes.
Encourage One Another Daily
We’re told to study God’s word and encourage one another daily, so this is something that I love to do. Therefore, when I was rebuked for simply encouraging a friend not to look at the wind (Ecclesiastes 11:4 ), I reacted to his admonishment quite strongly. Why? Well, the words that he chose to use threatened to start another battle between the devil and I. (In fact, they did.) I don’t need anyone to help him fill me with fear or doubt. He does a fine job on his own.
“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” –Hebrews 3:13
When we hear the word of God, but don’t act on it, we’re only deceiving ourselves. Those who intently look into Scripture and do what it says will be blessed in what they do. (James 1:22-25 ) This is all I’ve ever tried to remind anyone—including this particular friend.
I’m Confident in the Lord
His words stuck with me. They repeatedly went through my mind until they brought me to tears. The devil just wants me to fear that my words will be mistaken for arrogance. Paul the Apostle was confident in God and his calling, too, but that didn’t make him arrogant.
When I use Scripture, I’m believing in the Lord. I’m convinced of what Jesus can do: He qualifies the unqualified. I know that He’ll give us everything we need for every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8) Looking at the wind means we aren’t trusting and believing Him.
If Scripture makes anyone uncomfortable, it’s because the word of God is powerful and effective. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12 ) This is a very good thing!
I want to live fearlessly, and I encourage others to do the same. (1 John 4:18 ) This means speaking the truth. (Ephesians 4:25 ) I do try to do this with love. Nevertheless, I will admit, that in the last couple of years I haven’t always reacted patiently. (I’ll expand on this in a future post.)
However, this time I responded strongly for the same reason that Jesus did when Peter rebuked Him. The devil was using Peter as a mouthpiece. (Matthew 16:21-28 ) The words my friend wrote were no different than hearing, Tina, you’re not qualified. I may not have it all figured out (far from it), but God does qualify the unqualified, and looking at the wind will keep you immobile if you don’t turn your eyes back on Jesus.
He’s Not Stopping Me Now!
The devil wants to be a stumbling block for all of us who speak the truth, as he did for Jesus when he was about to go to the cross. Why? What Jesus did and taught does set us free from sin and death, and we’re willing to share that good news.
Jesus vehemently addressed the devil (publicly for the sake of all) by saying, get behind me Satan! The fact that this is emphasized with an exclamation mark shows us that Jesus had some pretty strong feelings.
Satan means adversary, and the Lord was addressing that Peter was being influenced by the devil. When I wrote my poem (Rest) I was addressing the devil’s interference publicly too. Jesus didn’t let the enemy stand in his way; He went to the cross, suffering a painful death, and He rose to life again on the third day after he was sealed in a tomb (with guards at it’s entrance even.) Nothing could hold Him back. Neither death, nor a guarded tomb could stop Jesus from completing what He came to do. So the stone was rolled away, and our redeemer lives! (1 Corinthians 15:20-34)
I know exactly how this sounds to the skeptic. It sounds like foolishness to those who Scripture says are perishing ( 1 Corinthians 1:15-34 ), but I believe it’s the truth. I also believe that what Jesus did on the cross means salvation and everlasting life to those who believe. (John 1:9-13)
I Was Born For This
I was born to be that joyful goofy girl with her arm around her brother (her brothers and sisters even.) Jesus has always fought for me, so I won’t stop fighting for those who have yet to draw close to Him!
“Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” –Matthew 16:23
Quite recently Andrew and I watched Disney’s Aladdin. When I heard the song “Speechless” I cried so much. This was exactly how I was feeling. Jesus always gives me the right song and words at the right time, but we have to ask for what we need, so if our faith is weak we need to ask for more belief. (Matthew 7:7-12 , Luke 12:12)
I won’t go speechless. God’s kid speaks.
The version above (from the movie) is my favorite version. There’s more emotion in her voice. There’s also a full length version with lyrics below.