Satan was thrown out of heaven for wanting to be God. He illogically thought that he could outdo the Creator. To irritate Satan, I start by tearing down my idols. When we create, worship, and seek idols we are imitating Satan rather than God. Historically, nations have worshiped the sun, moon, stars, even figures that they made with their own hands like Asherah poles. Modern day believers in Christ worship things like cars, clothes, money, status, titles, and etcetera. When Satan was tempting Jesus in the desert he sneakily promised Him what He already had in exchange for worship. Of course, Jesus denied and fought him with the Word of God. How often do we exchange the temporary pleasures offered by Satan for the worship that he desires? An example would be a person struggling financially that obeys the voice of the enemy by stealing, conniving, and cheating their way up the corporate ladder. This individual has made their socioeconomic status more important than God. They are inadvertently bowing down to the enemy for fear that God will not provide for them. Fear, doubt, worry, shame, guilt, greed, jealousy, and hatred are triggers for idol worship.
“So He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you.…” Luke 10:18-19
““Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” Matthew 4:8-11
A greedy person will worship money. Jealous individuals worship what other people have. Fearful believers are prone to worship uncertainty. The fearful person gives more credence and power to the unknown than they do the God of the unknown. I never considered it until now, but when we worry we are exalting our issues over the Almighty, All-knowing, Never-Changing God of the universe. In the name Jesus, I rebuke that restless worrying spirit within me. Admittingly, I have subconsciously worshiped many idols prior to and after coming to know Jesus. For instance, I’ve made food a god, fear a god, relationships, lack, even bad habits like vaping. I say these things to demonstrate how easy it is for one to slowly come to value the things of this world more that our Savior, even to the point of bowing down to them. If this blog finds you, as it has me, pray with me for forgiveness and deliverance from idolatry.
“No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Luke 16:13
Lord, slowly but surely I’ve become consumed with things that are temporal. I’ve valued, obeyed, and worshiped ____________________________________ in your stead. Please forgive me, Lord. Please provide the strength, commitment, and determination it takes to stop gratifying my flesh with idol worship and replace it with pure worship and adoration of You, in Spirit and in truth. Lord, I give you the glory, honor, and praise, in the name Jesus. Amen
“They will no longer look to their idols for help or worship what their own hands have made. They will never again bow down to their Asherah poles or worship at the pagan shrines they have built.” Isaiah 17:8
Also, we can frustrate the enemy of our souls when we purpose to walk in our God-given assignments. Satan had a purpose in heaven but neglected to value it as such and was cast out for his diabolical deviation. I wonder how we look to God when we refuse to do what we know He said. Undoubtedly, as I run in my calling attacks are increasing. But why? Why does Satan bother me more now than before? I challenge you to consider that as we execute God’s perfect plan on earth we reflect Jesus; however, when we forsake our destiny for what pleases our ego’s (flesh), we resemble Lucifer. Some may wonder how to walk in something that they know very little about. I wondered the same things, yet I kept walking. God does not provide all the details, but I know enough about God to walk/run towards Him based on the instructions found in His word. I am confident that God has just reasons for not revealing all the details to us at once. Of those reasons, is the important fact that God desires our faith to mature in Him. If the Lord told us exactly how everything would work out, we would not need to trust Him while we go through.
“But Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back [to the things left behind] is fit for the kingdom of God.”” Luke 9:62
It is highly discouraging to Satan when we trust God when all odds are against us. Remember when Satan told God that the only reason Job was faithful to Him was because God had a hedge of protection around Him. Satan submitted that if trouble came to Job he would definitely doubt God’s goodness. The same is true with us. Our antagonist is betting on us turning our backs on God during hard times. God has such confidence in us that He allows Satan to put obstacles, hardships, and sicknesses in our lives to show the enemy that we will yet serve Him despite the difficulties. Have you weakened in your faith because of a long period of waiting for God to move in a situation? I know I have, that is until I remembered that I must undergo the testing of my faith and devotion to God in all seasons. How do we reinstitute our trust in the Savior if we’ve faded in our belief? Go back to the basics. Remember what God has done both historically in the bible and in our personal lives. Journey back and recall the time when we were on fire for God, willing to lay down any and everything for Him. Document each trial and the correlated blessing both spiritual and natural that is associated with it. When my finances are screaming “God does not care,” and I trust God by reaffirming my faith with His promises I am reigniting my believing ability in God. Like a rabid beast, the more we feed doubt the bigger it gets, to the contrary, the more we speak and believe the word of God the greater our trust in our Daddy becomes.
““Where have you come from?” the LORD asked Satan. Satan answered the LORD, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.” Then the LORD asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.” Satan replied to the LORD, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”” Job 1:7-11
Family, let us continue to frustrate the imitator, instigator, and aggravator. Let’s keep him thinking of new ways to defeat us because all his attempts fail. How often can the enemy say that he has won the war in our minds? How frequently does he control our responses? When do we put into action what we have learned? It is my prayer, with the help of the Lord, that our idols come crashing down in our lives, our purposes are fulfilled with greatness, and our trust in God reach new heights. These spiritual goals may sound intimidating which is why we must rely on the power of God. At the end of the day, the enemy should be the one biting his nails, pacing the floors, crying at night, and dreading the following day- not us.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Who’s the Boss?
You’re a Bully, a liar, a joke
At my wound, you continually poke
Schemer, playing on my weakness
Blasphemer, I am not defenseless
Glance around when the dust settles
My faith is lit; your hot as tea kettles
Desperately looking for a new strategy
Squeamish, Fumbling awkwardly
My power rest in Yahweh
Satan defeated, get out of my way
Greatness is my destination
Ready to war, without hesitation
Every knee shall bow, tongue confess
Those lies you tell are foolishness
Already cast down so you spread untruth
Do not come around, warrior is loose
You roam the earth, I roam as well
Yet, I’m the victor with the story to tell