Recently, Satan has been working over time in my life. He’s stealing the joy in long days with my children. He’s encouraging frustration over fun and he derives excitement when I lose my patience. In my writing he’s stalling my efforts, telling me I’m not good enough and won’t meet my goals. He’s curbing my creativity with self-criticism. Satan knows when to strike.
The judgmental thought I had about the mother at the grocery store? Satan heard it.
The mistake I thought I covered? Satan noticed it.
The doubt I have? Satan encourages it.
Satan loves my flaws, mistakes and doubts. He derives joy from my discomfort, worry and stress. He’s perfected his attack and always knows how and when will be the most destructive.
Satan is smart. I am smarter.
Satan’s information is not new and I can’t be surprised by his heated whispers.I know that I am a sinner and fall short of the glory of God. I know that God gave his one and only son so that I could be free from the hold of that sin.
Romans 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Satan envies the hope I have. He covets the spirit that lies within me. As I feel the pressure to be super mom or meet my deadlines, I quiet the panic with a declaration – Hush, Satan!
I know he will continue to attack in my moments of weakness. He will continue to plant seeds of doubt and nurture them with lies. I don’t have to listen! I will arm myself with God’s promise and be smarter than Satan!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Satan is hard at work in my life, but I know you work harder. I am a sinner and I fall short of your glory. I am saved only by your grace and I am so grateful. Thank you for loving me through my flaws. Thank you for providing me the armor of protection from Satan’s attacks. He is smart, Lord, but you have made me smarter. You are the truth and the light and you are where my hope lies. In you alone I am worthy.