You know you miss me Quiyada. You have a new relationship and all but you remember how we used to be. This new relationship is too stressful on you. You have to be almost perfect to please him but I’m different. You can be you and I am okay with that. We had our bad times but we had fun. People tell you I am not good for you but I’m not that bad. You know that. You tell me you are happy and you don’t want me anymore. I find that hard to believe because you always answer when I call. He must not have that much of your heart. I still have a place in your life and I am going to keep on until I get you back with me.
–Satan, before he knew his place in my life
RESIST THE DEVIL
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7 NIV)
If you have decided to give your life to the Lord, Satan will attempt to be your persistent EX factor. If you have not experienced his brashness or sinful confidence, you would agree.
Satan plays the role of an aggravating ex when you are a new Christian and your faith is fresh. He is going to try everything he can to influence you to change back to your former self. He may try to convince you that being a Christian is too hard. Your sins aren’t that bad. You had a good time when you were in “the world”. It doesn’t matter how much you pray, testify or tell others how much you love God. Your actions speak louder than your words and if you’re not speaking God’s truth, Satan isn’t listening to you. He is only talking to your flesh.
If you have no problem doing what you’re doing, even after being convicted and forgiven, it shows that you have not gained a strong relationship yet. You have also kept contact with your former lover. Satan will continue to try you and test your faithfulness to God and it is up to you to do two things to solidify your relationship with God.
The book of James gives us two actions that would stop the harassing nature of Satan. First, submit ourselves to God. This is the first thing you must do. Think about this in relationship terms. You have to be totally committed to your partner before you think about not entertaining the energy of someone else. Everything else seems immaterial.
After you have submitted yourself to God, we are told to resist the devil. When your relationship is secure with God, nothing and no one else can separate you from HIS love. The Bible lets us know that Satan will flee when he is resisted. Pray for increased fidelity in faith and know that God will definitely hold his end of the bargain. Amen.