Satan is the enemy to those who want to follow Christ, to those who are called according to God’s purpose. Satan is the enemy even to unbelievers. We as Christians know that the devil hates us. He hates us because we love God. I wish unbelievers knew just how much Satan really hates them too. He may “appear” to be happy with them because of their pride, immorality, and material possessions. But he hates them just the same. Satan likes to see people do his work on this planet, whether they are Christian or not.
Satan’s true hatred is toward the Almighty God. He wants to do everything he can to us so that we grieve the Holy Spirit, demean Jesus Christ, whatever it takes.
I think what the devil loves most is stealing and destroying any kind of joy in a Christian’s life. I think he gets his biggest kicks out of doing this to us. Sometimes I feel like I fall so easily to this sneaky trick. Doesn’t it anger you to think he does this? Even worse, we allow him to do it!
One way Satan kills our joy is to doubt ourselves. I’ve been doing this allot lately! And quite frankly, I’m tired of allowing him to steal my confidence and my joy. Today was a very stressful day at work but I find my peace and rest when spending time with the Lord and reading his Word. The Lord has been reminding me that He is there and will take care of me; to not stress and to do the best I can. God will even put people in our presence to give us encouragement and to remind us that He is watching and is with us.
I had a customer tell me that I have a “light” about me. Comes to find out, they were a Christian and we had a quick talk about Jesus and the Holy Spirit. It made my day for someone to see me like this. I wasn’t sure I ever really portrayed a difference by my mannerisms. It reaffirmed my love for Christ and that even in the midst of chaos we can still allow Jesus to shine through us for strangers to see. Satan tried to steal my confidence and joy that day but,
“Greater is He that is in me, than he that is the world”.
….take THAT Satan.