When Satan Interferes

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In August I learned I won an award from Writer’s Digest. Yes. Yes, I did. While I might have felt like Ralphie’s father in The Christmas Story, and wanted to exclaim to Pilot, “It’s a major award”, I restrained myself, and thanked God for giving me the words to write that found favor with a judge, and also that my prize was not an, um, interesting lamp.  😉

Unexpectedly this morning a winner’s badge graphic for the award arrived in my email inbox for me to add to my blog. Well. I would love to do that, but I can’t figure out how, so I’ve enlisted help from Pilot and Pie. Hopefully, they’ll figure it out so you can see the winner’s badge for yourself some day.

Enough of that … now to the real reason for this post.

After I read the email from Writer’s Digest, I decided to attempt to put the badge on my blog. Only. My website would not load. At. All. Nothing.

After several attempts, I decided not to allow Satan to steal my joy and frustrate me. So I shut down my computer, took out the ironing board, grabbed the clothes that needed ironing, and played Crowder’s CD, Neon Steeple.

Let the good times roll, I’m telling you.

There is no way I can listen to that CD and not sing, jump around, and praise God. Nope. There surely isn’t. (I’ve posted several Crowder videos here, here, and here if you’re interested in listening.) And as we know, when we get our worship on, Satan has to flee. Sometime while I ironed and listened to the CD, my website came back. 🙂 Imagine that.

The last song on Neon Steeple is, “Here’s My Heart”. A quieter song than most Crowder songs full of truth. “Here’s My Heart” is the song I’m posting for you today.

When we go to God, surrender to him, listen to him, and let his truth sink deep within, then the father of all lies, Satan, has nothing to say.

God’s truth tells us we are his. We are free. He is True. He endures. He is more than enough. He is here with us.God loves us. He is our hope and peace.

God is everything we need.

What do you do when Satan interferes with you?

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… he (God) will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his truth is a shield and protection. Psalms 91:4 (CJB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Don’t Let Satan Steal Your Joy

Recently I’ve had trouble sleeping. Not sure the exact reason. Could be any number of things.

While thinking about not sleeping, though,  Billy Joel’s song about walking in his sleep, River of Dreams, popped into my brain.

I know…my thoughts are not linear. They bounce all over the place. (Much like when I play pickleball.)

In his song Billy Joel talks about walking in his sleep from mountains of faith to valleys so deep.

He goes through the valley of fear, to rivers, and the jungle of doubt.

He asks himself what he’s looking for.

It isn’t anything he’d lose, it has to be something somebody stole.

He wraps it up with stating he hopes whatever it is doesn’t take him the rest of his life to find.

Any of that sound familiar to your life? It sure does mine.

Are there times when you are standing tall on mountains of faith one day, then plunge to the jungles of doubt the next?

What about those valleys of deep fear and depression?

Obviously, we wouldn’t go around tossing ourselves into those dark times on purpose, for goodness sake. Our peace, happiness, joy aren’t things we’d willing throw out the window and lose.

Those are things Satan, the deceiver, joy-stealer-extraordinaire, delights in snatching right out from under us.

That’s what he’s good at. Taking our moments of victory – whatever that looks like to each of us individually – our mountains of faith, and dropping us into a valley of fear.

He really cannot stand for us to enjoy the life our Creator God has given us.

Satan wants us to live in misery and works very hard to fulfill that desire.

If we are in a place where we feel something in our lives is missing … like we’ve lost something important, possibly our joy in the knowledge we are a beloved child of the One True King, perhaps we need to wake up. Stop walking in our sleep and going through the motions of life.

Could it be we need to turn our lives completely over to Jesus and ask him to restore our joy? Could it be we need his shield of protection around us to stop Satan’s assaults?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Leave a comment below. If you think others would appreciate reading this please share it through the social media buttons.

Be self-controlled and vigilant always, for your enemy the devil is always about, prowling like a lion roaring for its prey. Resist him, standing firm in your faith and remember that the strain is the same for all your fellow-Christians in other parts of the world. And after you have borne these sufferings a very little while, God himself (from whom we receive all grace and who has called you to share his eternal splendour through Christ) will make you whole and secure and strong. All power is his for ever and ever, amen! 1 Peter 5:8-11 (Phillips)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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