“Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan!’” Matthew 4:10.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Samuel 19, 1 Chronicles 7, Psalm 59, and Matthew 4.
I don’t find Satan to be the “roaring lion.” I find him to be the persistent whisperer.
His intended results are similar. It is his approach that varies.
With Jesus, Satan shows a knowledge of Scripture. Satan is not some unarmed person sporting horns and wearing a red suit. Only fools believe that sort of stuff!
I am way too easily troubled by my circumstances. When things aren’t right (for me) I get unsettled. Almost immediately the whisperer tries to connect to me. “You need to get back at them.” “You need to defend yourself.”
I must be able to put the brakes to Satan’s whispers. It would surely help if I recognized Satan’s voice.
If I am full of God then Satan’s voice will be easily recognized. Notice how Jesus responded. He didn’t whisper back……..He shouted.
I have often used James 4:7 when I hear Satan’s whisper: “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” I claim the verse’s promise and I claim it with authority. Satan will flee but he can be expected to return whispering more evil into my thoughts. It is an ongoing process. O how I need God!
“Lord, You resisted Satan and I must too. I cannot let him build up footholds in my thoughts. Help me to recognize his voice and resist him as You did. I want to only hear You. Help me, I beg.”
Recognize Satan’s whispers and shout back!