Sunday, 07 March 2010
The Devil is a liar. The Scripture tells us that he came to kill, steal, and destroy. Most Christians believe that they live a life free of the the enemy. As long as they go to church every Sunday, read the Bible in the morning, and do good deeds, they think that the Devil has left them alone. But above being a murder, a thief, and a destroy, the Devil is a deceiver. He has plenty of clever ways to fool even the most devoted Christians. After all, we are but flesh and blood. Below, you will read a poem sent to us by kayla_fersherr who would like to share this piece as a great example of divorcing the Devil from every area of your life. Excerpts from the poem are included along with some food for thought and Scripture to guide you through this compelling and heartfelt "Good-bye" to the devils that fester in the lives of unsuspecting Christians.
[This poem was found on pc4m.com]Dear Satan,
I’m writing you this letter to inform you that our relationship is officially done.You just lost one!Cause for too long I’ve battled in my mindYour voice v. God’s v. mine
As Christians, we often think that the only voice that we wrestle with is ours and God's. But, this letter points out that our voice competes with God and the Devil's. Have you ever found that the Devil has been intruding on your thoughts? Read James 3:14-18
So I’m returning all your giftsRejecting all your mythsSee all this time I thought that I had control, but you were controlling thisOne of the biggest lies that Christians like myself can fall for is that we are in control. Just because a Christian is not possessed by a demon does not mean that he or she is not under some demonic influence. There are several references in the Bible to demons, spirits, and principalities. Please review these verses and prayerfully ask God if there are influences in your life that need to be removed. Read 2 Corinthians 2:10-11
Or the comedy spots where we sat and laughed enjoying ourselves all nightWhen they were joking and mocking the church like that situation is lightAnd explicit sexual content echoed through that micAnd I laughed like it was alrightIt's so easy to get carried away in a pastime even if it is not godly. Now, I'm not suggesting that every activity that you participate in is only church related neither am I saying that you have to go and join the nearest God squad; but, we do have to be careful how we entertain ourselves. The topic of perverse media is a belabored one but that is because the media networks are flooded with inappropriate sexual content and illicit jokes. Are you passively allowing the Devil room in your life by not removing these opportunities for him to entertain you? Read Genesis 3:1-4 to see what happens when we let the Devil entertain us.
So I changed my number so you would no longer callAnd I would no longer fallBut even though I did all that you still controlled me from afarBecause I was just trying to be a better personStopped clubbing, stopped sex, stopped cursingDropped friends, cause of greed stopped workingAre there certain people, places, or things in your life that you need to get rid of in order to walk more closely with God. Take a look at your closest friends, your favorite hang out spots and things that you enjoy. If Jesus came to Earth for one night only, would you introduce him to all of your friends, take Him to all of your hangouts and let him take part in everything that you enjoy? Read Titus 2:11-15
It’s like using filthy rags to take a bathWhen the truth is my entire sin nature is badAnd me stopping those things never dealt with the wickedness of my heart
Even though the Bible says repay not evil for evil, I refused to believeAnd your strings got me doing things that I can’t even helpTrying to love my brother but always thinking about myselfSo I wrestled with the conclusionMaybe I’ve been excluded from being able to live this Christian lifeBut then that sounds like your voiceYou’ve influenced so much of my lifeSelfishness is a symptom of being American. We are an individualistic capitalist society that teaches that every man is out for himself. Has selfishness kept you from loving other people? Are you so concerned with getting what you need, that you are inadvertently or overtly compromising the needs of someone else? Secondly, have you bought into the lie that living the Christian life is too hard for you? Well guess what, it's too hard for everyone. That's why we all fall short. It's part of our humanity. Have you stopped trying to reach the Godly standard of living because you think it's impossible? Take a few extra moments and think about where this thought originated. Every great man of the Bible fell short of God's glory, questioned God, doubted God, and was a sinner. If you are any of the above, you are perfect for using in the eyes of God. Read Philippians 2:1-4
Those events help me see how powerless I amAnd the reality is there is only one wayAnd before I was set free, I had to realize I was a slaveI have no merit, virtue or favor with GodIt’s Christ’ poured out lifeblood that savesAnd I’m sick of it, my sinI’ve defended it, time and time againDead in my transgression but now I’ve come on out of the graveBecause this new relationship is based solely by grace through faithEvery Christian sins. But, are you defending or harboring a secret place in your heart from God? If you're trying to do that, you're in a losing battle. God knows our inmost parts. He knows when we sit and when we stand. He created us piece by piece. We are brought into a relationship with Christ by grace through faith but do you really believe that? Or, are you still trying to make up for some sin or blemish on your soul? Do you believe that you are saved by Christs' blood and His mercy alone. You can't work your way to heaven. Just enjoy the blessing of salvation and acknowledge the gift. Read John 8:44-47
And my life is a result of what I believeSince you shall know a tree by the root and the fruitSo rather than just dress modestly, I’m checking my heart tooMaking sure there is no vanityOr that I’m dressing to grab the attention of humanityBecause I know what I can do, if I remain in a relationship with youMy potential outside of Christ is extremely detrimentalHow are you taking steps to remove the hiding places of the Devil in your life? Instead of just focusing on what's on the outside, how can you renovate your insides? Our potential to do harm is exponential outside of Christ while our potential to do good is fractional. What are some of the things you've done in life while you were outside of God? Compare those things to the powerfully moving good things that you did while you were living for God. How do these categories compare? What parts of your life do you need to amend for God? Read James 4:7
You see you helped me build a tower like you did with NimrodBut I’m tearing it down for my GodBy the way I’m clearing out my ipodI’m giving you back all your musicCouldn’t see it beforeThis tool you were usingDifferent songDifferent scoreBrought the same conclusionAll about lust, money, self and sexYet those things are the reason Christ was out to deathWho you using nextChris Brown, T-pain, souljah boy, ne-yo, Beyonce or Game?Every artist motivation is the sameTo take my heart away from the reason Christ cameI could say I’m saved all the while exalting menNot a fanatic for Christ cause I’m a TI fanNot to be the Christian in Christian-Dior up in the video with Kanye WestNow I seeHow he’s saying he’s Christian yet he’s exalting women, sex, and greedAnd I said I was just listening to the beatsYou had me so blind to the contentI was so deceivedDidn’t realized Satan disguised as I was hitting repeatWe must remember that Lucifer was the angel of Music in Heaven. He has a gift and talent for musical things. That's why it's so important that Christians monitor what they allow themselves to listen to. Music and lyrics are the devils' domain and he's capitalized on these areas in our society. What music are you listening to? Is that hurting your spirit or edifying it? Read 1 Peter 5-9
So every lie you told meLike you being my homieThat I could rep Christ as long as we kicked it on the low key
I used to be a daughter of liesYou used to be my masterBut now I’m at the feet of Christ with me box of alabasterBecause He redeemed me, set me freeAnd I will spend my time, all of eternity
Because I know I’m undeserving of His loveSee I’m now covered in the blood of the SonSo in case you forgotI’m writing this letter to inform you that our relationship is officially done,
You just lost one!
After you've read this letter, do you need to write a letter to Satan excusing him from your life as well? What would your letter say to him? How would you confront him and kindly escort from nesting in the secret and dark places of your heart? Read Matthew 4:1-11 for guidance on this letter you plan to write. Take special note at the armor of God that Jesus used to resist the Devil.