2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Last month, I awoke with a little soreness in my lower back. Before it was all said and done, I had a back ache that lasted several weeks. I hadn’t done anything to cause the pain, but when you’re in your 50s, aches and pains just show up out of nowhere! I took a hot showers, and my sweet husband rubbed me down with Aspercreme with Lidocaine. I highly recommend this stuff. Keep it on hand. You won’t regret it! Today, the back pain is completely gone.
I started thinking about that back pain and that it felt like I was carrying a monkey on my back all day long. (Of course, I would relate it to an animal. Lol) But then, I started thinking about old Satan and how he sneaks in when we least expect it and jumps on our back. We then seem to try to carry the weight of the whole world around, and we slowly get bogged down and consumed by the weight of it all.
Everything around us seems to be going well, and then all of a sudden that old devil is riding on our back. He seeks to destroy everything good, and he always seems to show up when things are at their best. You want to know why? The devil can not stand to see us walking with Christ. He can’t stand to see us working for God, serving God, and doing well. If that old devil is trying to take a piggyback ride on your back, I can guarantee you that you are doing something right! If you aren’t living for Christ, he doesn’t give a two hoots about what you’re doing so he’ll leave you alone. But if you are feeling the attack, rest easy my friend, you are working for Christ, and Christ has already defeated that old devil! Scripture tells us that we will be persecuted if we are living a godly life. We can expect it, and knowledge is power.
When we know a storm is coming, we prepare. Well, my friend, spiritual warfare is here, and it’s time to prepare for battle! So how do I get the devil off my back? Aspercreme, as good as it is, will not help this problem. Nope! We have to bring in the big guns. The very first thing to do is pray. Call out to Christ. He has already defeated the devil, and He will deliver you from the evil one too. Get in the Word. Read all of the promises made to you by God, and trust in these. Lean on the promises of God. Memorize and quote that scripture. Use the sword of God to defend yourself. And while you are wielding that sword around, don’t forget to put on the full armor of God. He will protect His kids!
Just remember, it is not who you are that wins the battle, but “whose” you are! Keep fighting the evil one. God’s already decided who gets to win the battle!