“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
– Colossians 3:16-17
Yesterday was the Lord’s day! God’s work in the lives of many in our community was alive and vivid. On days like that, I just want to savor every touch of Jesus I can and every sight of others experiencing His joy for the first time.
Then it happened. In the middle of a day meticulously orchestrated by God, Satan shows up at lunch. The conversation among a group of believers at a near by table turned sour and slanderous for a few minutes.
And unfortunately, I allowed the enemy to draw my attention to what was being said. And for a little while, I became angry, then sad about the words I heard. But soon afterwards, I realized that I allowed Satan to draw me in. I said a prayer for the situation and asked forgiveness for my active listening and judgment.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7
As a born again believer, I represent Jesus Christ every day. I need to guard my heart, eyes and ears at all times. The enemy WILL show up hoping to distort my behavior and steal my joy.
The light and love of Jesus cannot be seen through me if I allow Satan to stand in front of me. I must stand arm and arm with the Holy Spirit to stop Satan’s plans.
I cannot do it alone. How about you?
Life is better with Jesus!