What is it about the human spirit that causes us to cheer in favor of the oppressed overtaking the larger bully in movies?
As if vicariously reliving our own experiences through the actor’s portrayal, emotions overflow when we see a surge of courage propel the fear-bound to action. Along the same lines, we yell at the screens when we see a larger subject being victimized by a smaller bully. To see that the threat would be eliminated if the character would simply stand up and assert itself —but does not choose this option—is almost torturous. The same is true for us as Christians.
Don’t sit passively by & allow the devil to bully (dominate) you! He is ALREADY a defeated foe!
Since you’ve already won, why would you allow the enemy to continue to bully you? Shut him up with the WORD OF GOD!
Temptation is an area that, if we aren’t careful, can leave us unguarded. Typically, one thinks of temptation as sin, such as sexual sin, stealing, lying, etc. But there is also the temptation to allow our minds to dwell on the wrong thoughts—worry, anxiety, fear, self-loathing, depression, etc. It may be a subtle temptation but one with devastating consequences.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
With any temptation, we must confront the issue with scripture. In Matthew 4:1-11, the enemy chose to tempt Jesus with an issue relevant to what He was dealing with—hunger. When we are dealing with an issue, we can expect that Satan will use this to his advantage. Prepare yourself by filling your mind with promises/truths from the Word of God that can counteract the lies the enemy uses in his attempts to distract us.
- He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love ~Colossians 1:13
- For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. ~Hebrews 4:12
- Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. ~James 4:7 (NIV)