“Don’t pick it up for goodness sake- No, no, no- drop it! Yuck. What is that or should I say was that? No, I mean, no don’t look at it, I don’t want to know.”
“I think it was cheese gone horribly wrong.”
“No, no it’s too big- definitely a hotdog” insist my sons.
“Don’t analyze it boys. Whatever it is, it just needs to get thrown out. Okay, who’s doing it?”
( slowfoot, Morguefile)
(Of course, we all know this task falls on the mother- and in this case, it most definitely did but only with the help of triple bags. You will be relieved to know I did not look or breathe as I hurled it toward my outdoor far away from my house garbage can – happy to have it gone.)
The enemy gives us many opportunities to pick up “offense”. To look at something nasty and analyze it, categorize it and spend hours researching it. We of course call it airing our grievances or complaining. But what is it really? What are we trying to gain?
Yes, plans of action need to be created. We need to answer the question, what should be done to avoid this in the future? (Never allowing food in the van again would be a smart plan of action in my case)
We are under no charge or even obligation to point out someone else’s faults. In fact, we have no rights to point out anything someone else should “work on”. We lie to ourselves and say we are telling them in love for their own good. Do not believe Satan’s lies.
Remember this: Matthew 7:5
You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (NIV)
The Holy Spirit has more than enough power to go about His task of convicting God’s children. When the Holy Spirit brings a person into and under conviction- forgiveness and miraculous changes, can, and will take place. When a person puts another person under condemnation, they are doing the direct work of Satan.
Consider and answer the question for yourself- Where is Satan?
Satan is not God and therefore is not omnipresent. Meaning he can only be in one location at a time, (his minions of course are all about). Where is Satan himself?
When I read Revelations 12, I read Satan is in heaven doing his job of accusing us night and day. What do you read?
This leads us to the next question is Revelations prophecy of the age to come or is it present day?
Revelations 12:10 (NIV)
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
(read the entire chapter of Revelations 12 to see the context and determine if it is present day or in the days to come)
If it is in the time to come then Satan is in heaven right now accusing us night and day.
If Revelations 12 has already happened – Then what are we seeing?
I myself believe that Satan is right now in heaven accusing Christ followers night and day but he will be thrown down at the appointed time.
This makes me ask, who are those left on earth to accuse the Saints? Demons for sure but also the brethren themselves turning against each other to accuse and condemn other Christ followers.
Do not be the voice, or hands and feet of Satan.
Lord, help us to remember:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:10-12
Do not work for Satan!
Drop your offense, anger, resentment and pride at the foot of the cross and go into battle for your “enemy”. The one who stole from you, the one who accused you, the one who hurt your child, the one who disrupted your plans- pray and fight for that one. Stand.
Luke 6:27-28 But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (NIV)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, how easily I am offended when my plans are thwarted. Thank you, for showing me where I need the cleansing blood of the Lamb. I praise You for this current painful situation. Use it to reveal to me what sins need to be removed from me. Pour out Your blood all over my life and my situations. I need Your healing and forgiveness. Please forgive me for not immediately following Your word and praying for my enemies. Grant me the mind and heart of Christ so that I might not stumble but that I might be granted the privilege of immediate and complete obedience to Christ. Thank You for Your tender mercies. Amen.