Standing Against the Schemes of the Devil

The last week have felt like a battle...illnesses, upon illnesses (when I’m, personally, battling 3 different ones at the same time, it kinda feels like a personal attack), new infections, low tires, bald tires, etc..over the past few days, I began thinking about this verse.

What sticks out to me is the word “schemes”. If you look it up, it means:
a large-scale systematic plan or arrangement for attaining some particular object or putting a particular idea into effect.

Satan isn’t randomly throwing whatever is closest to him at us...oh no...he studies us. He thinks about us & creates a LARGE-SCALE ATTACK PLAN to SYSTEMATICALLY hurt us so that he can try & put HIS SPECIFIC idea in our head into effect.

Thinking about it this morning, I got pissed. As I drove to the hospital, I no doubt looked like a crazy woman taking a stand against these schemes & telling Satan NO MORE. NO MORE will I allow him to make us feel victimized...NO MORE will he be allowed near kids...myself. From now on, he will encounter angels covering us & will be wasting his time. He might as well give up & go back to hell...he cannot & will not come near us again. NO MORE lies will be listened to from his slithering lips. This IS WAR, & I’m ready for battle.

Crazy I know...but ranting to him this morning...taking out my anger on him felt powerful...I felt vindicated. I’m a daughter of THE KING & I will no longer stand by & allow this assault to continue. If you too are facing a battle (and I firmly believe we all are), try it. Out loud...yell it if necessary...tell Satan off. Tell him how you feel & claim the authority you have over him because of Christ who lives in you to flee...there is power in it; I promise!

Beth Armstrong