You can chain me
You can torture me,
You can even destroy this body,
But you will never imprison
As Christians, we struggle with some of the same issues over and over. Living for God shouldn’t be hard. He said, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light."(Matthew 11:30) So, where is our joy, where is our peace?
Satan, our enemy, is a toothless old lion, roaring day and night. He tries to put the same rusty old chains on us that he’s used for two thousand years. The same ones he used in the garden with Eve, with David, Job and even Jesus. He has nothing new to pull out of his bag of tricks.
His plan is to place us in bondage through intimidation and fear. He wants to steal, kill and destroy God’s plan for our life by planting his seeds of deception in our minds. He causes us to doubt ourselves and question our relationship with the Lord. The truth is, Satan believes in you more than you believe in yourself. He knows you are a potential threat to his kingdom.
Remember the cartoons of the little boy with an angel on one shoulder and a little red devil on the other shoulder; trying to decide which one he should obey. “Do it, don’t do it.” A simple illustration, but this is exactly the way it works. Satan is a liar and wants to destroy us; God has good plans for our lives and wants to bless us. Satan is a bully and forces his way on us, accusing us at every level; Jesus patiently waits for us to open the door and allow Him in.
We know from experience where Satan will lead us, but we ponder on his lies; “There is some truth there. You have failed. You do have some unresolved issues.” We could agree with him on many of his accusations, but what we need to do is remind him of his future. Here is where we bring out our sword, using the Word to defeat his lies. At some point, we have to make a stand and say, “NO MORE! I refuse those rusty chains; Satan you are a liar and a thief, and from this day forward you will not torment me! I will live victoriously, and I claim all the promises of God for my life.”
If you are trying to live for God without the power of His Word, you will struggle. God’s Word cancels out Satan’s plan for our lives. His Word inspires us, strengthens us, teaches us and protects us.
We must also maintain an honest and pure heart before the Lord. When God shows us an area that needs repentance, we need to humble ourselves and seek help. The strength of humility is that it builds a spiritual defense around our soul. Without a pure heart, we are open to Satan’s attacks. For this refining, purifying process to begin, we have to submit ourselves to God, resist the devil and he will flee. (James 4:7)
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1