Picture it: Easter morning 2018 (as I type this I hear Sophia Petrillo from “The Golden Girls” speaking).
I had my coffee first because let’s face it, I am no good at functioning without a cup. After that, I proceeded with making my food items for our family gathering, then took care of all my family’s needs. Finally, I was able to start getting myself ready for church.
Now, for Easter Sunday, typically around here everyone buys new clothes for the church service. We bring out white clothing, sandals, you name it. Spring has sprung, Easter egg colors are “in” and we are ready to celebrate the Lord in our ‘Sunday best’ vibrant colors. So, my outfit was chosen…
After taking care of everything I needed to, we headed toward the church. Two miles from the church I had a clothing issue that had to be resolved. For you ladies, you know that one issue can suffice for a whole outfit change. After I grumbled about it for a minute, my husband pointed out that this was satan trying to get to me before the service.
You see, I’ve been waiting on this service all week. I’ve been ready to worship our risen Savior! I was looking forward to the service and there was no way I was letting the enemy get under my skin today. As I headed back home I spoke aloud “It ain’t happening today, satan!”
After I got back to the church I knew that the Holy Spirit was moving. I felt Him. Prayers were answered and people, who I’ve been praying for, came to church this morning. The service was wonderful.
After that, I managed to drop food on me, nearly knock myself out, and spill something. Each time…”It ain’t happening today, satan!”
Isn’t it funny how sneaky he is and works? If we let him, he steals our joy, interrupts our praise and steals our peace. He knew that I was ready to worship this morning and he knew that I was happy about the significance of the day, so all day long, he’s tried to work my nerves.
Next time you feel yourself getting wound up over something, recognize it for what it is; his attempt at devouring you. Don’t let satan steal your joy and especially don’t let him interrupt your praise. Stand firm, pray for God’s help and guidance in all matters and shout it loud – “It ain’t happening today, satan!”
1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength.