I am pretty sure satan has tentacles. He is commonly portrayed with a forked tail, horns and pitch fork but my visual has him sporting tentacles too. Lots and lots of them. Tentacles equipped with suction cups to suck me in and thorny hooks to secure me. He uses them to grab me and pull me under pressuring my mind and body in his death grip.
He squeezes and squeezes, tighter and tighter. He wants to suffocate me with his lies. Lies that I am unworthy, God doesn’t really hear my prayers and certainly doesn’t care about little ol’ me. Then stupid-head (satan) adds a jumbo dose of guilt.
I become entangled. I get twisted and knotted. I can’t breathe; I can’t think clearly. I am prey caught in his sickening grip. He drags me under, going deeper and darker; away from any light and air.
How do I battle back? How can I loosen his grip? How do I get free? Is there any hope? Can I free myself? No, I can’t. Not on my own power. I am powerless.
Realizing this and admitting this is part of the battle plan. Another key battle plan component is know your enemy! Call him by his disgusting names: father of lies, destroyer, accuser, murderer, wicked one, prowling lion, and poopy-head. Be aware of his tactics and tricks.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Ephesians 6:12 NIV
What tentacles are entangling you? What lies are being whispered in your ear? It’s a New Year but we have the same ole enemy. Always prowling, always searching, always reaching out with his nasty tentacles ready to grab hold and squeeze the Life out of you and me.
But the Battle has been won!!! I came up for air today. A big gulp of God-air.
My dear Krista, you come from God and belong to God. You have already won a big victory over these false teachers, for the Spirit in you is far stronger than anything in the world.
1 John 4:4 Personalized from The Message
I lift my face towards the Son and I breathe Him in deeply and fully.
I return my swords of worship, praise and Scripture to their sheaths. I am ready to do battle but I never battle alone.
Be strong, Krista. Take courage, Krista. Don’t be intimidated, Krista. Don’t give your enemies a second thought because God, YOUR GOD, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you, Krista. He won’t let you down, Krista; He won’t leave you, Krista.
Deuteronomy 31: 6 Personalized from The Message