by Sandy Kirby Quandt
One of the first commands many dog owners teach their pet is, Drop it!
Much like babies, puppies have a strong tendency to snatch whatever they find and chew on it. Doesn’t matter what it is.
Sometimes what they pick up could harm them. Sometimes what they pick up could harm another creature. Sometimes what they pick up they have no business carrying around and it flat-out needs to be dropped.
I was reminded of that last sentence as not-so-pleasant thoughts about a person I know flooded into my brain recently.
I fussed, fumed, and pretty much allowed Satan to take over and make me miserable.
Then it was as if I heard myself telling one of our dogs, Drop it! Did you hear me? I. Said. Drop. It!
I’d picked up something that was not beneficial, could do harm not only to me, but the person I thought of, and I had absolutely no business whatsoever carrying around the attitude and thoughts that slammed through my brain.
I paused. Took a breath. Quit ranting and giving reasons why I had every right in the world to feel the way I felt about the person. Confessed I shouldn’t have snarled like a dog who refused to give up the bone they gnawed on, and waited for Satan to slink off.
Like me, have there been times in your life when the great deceiver dredged up your hurt, pain, abuse, mistreatment, loneliness …
Things we believed we let go of and moved past, only to be pulled back into those places all over again?
Those are the times when we need to remember who we belong to, the price paid for our adoption into God’s family, and tell ourselves to Drop it!
Satan is defeated. He’s been crushed. He has no power except what he is given. Christ alone is our strength. He is our victory.
So when the father of lies comes around next time, let’s agree to tell him Drop it. Drop the accusations, and move on.
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Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Hebrews 2:14 (NIV)
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