“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” Rom. 16:20
Besides the approximately 20 years Satan tried to convince me to commit suicide to destroy my life altogether, the single biggest reason he has come after me in one ferocious attack after another is altogether clear. He has worked relentlessly to shut down my ministry most especially to stop me from writing for the Lord. He has done everything imaginable and unimaginable to try to steal the gift of writing the Lord has given me to stop me from sharing the Gospel and helping people to follow Jesus.
And, after years of thinking all I needed to do was say stuff like, “Get thee behind me, Satan (Mt. 16:23),” as Jesus does in the Bible, put up my “shield of faith (Eph. 6:16”, take the nasty thoughts he sends my way captive (2 Cor. 10:5), or ask God to deliver me from evil (Mt. 6:13), I have learned a crucially important lesson.
Everything I just mentioned we should do as the Spirit of God leads us because it is all biblical, but there is something very concrete we may need to do also as I have found: PUNCH SATAN. How so?
The absolute best weapon I have discovered when it comes to Satan trying to shut down my ministry and specifically my writing is this: TO KEEP WRITING FOR THE LORD. EVERY SINGLE MESSAGE the Lord gives me! ALL for God’s glory! ALL intended to help people have a forever relationship with Jesus. This is like PUNCHING SATAN, isn’t it? It’s not merely telling him to go away, praying to God for help, etc.
It is absolutely undeniably definitively DECIDEDLY DETERMINEDLY DEVOTEDLY PASSIONATELY GOING FORTH IN FOLLOWING JESUS AND VEHEMENTLY EMPHATICALLY REFUSING TO BE STOPPED BY SATAN. Is this not PUNCHING SATAN?
It’s going 100% against what Satan is desiring me to do and 100% going forth in what God is calling me to do. It’s saying NO WAY to Satan and ABSOLUTELY yes to Jesus!
Is there a message in this for you? Is Satan trying to destroy you? Or to destroy something in your life? Or trying to stop you from fully following Jesus? Or trying to keep you from serving God in something? Or trying to break up a crucially important relationship in your life God has clearly ordained for His glory?
Rest assured, as the Spirit leads you, you SHOULD tell Satan to go away in Jesus’ name, use your shield of faith, ask God to deliver you from evil, etc. absolutely whatever God leads you to say and pray. But perhaps like myself you need to go one big step further.
PUNCH SATAN. In Jesus’ name. In Jesus’ strength. KEEP FOLLOWING JESUS. Do as the Spirit of God leads you. No matter how much Satan despises it, do it. LOVE AND OBEY GOD! DO NOT BE STOPPED BY SATAN. Do not be knocked to the ground. Or, if you’re already on the ground, get up – quickly.
Know what Jesus said about the Father? That He needed to be about the “Father’s business (Luke 2:49).” His orientation and commitment and devotedness had to be to God the Father. The same should be true of every single one of us. We shouldn’t be living according to Satan’s attacks and temptations. We should be living according to God, His Spirit, and His Word FOR HIS GLORY!
Let’s PUNCH SATAN, shall we? Let’s be resolute about humbly and faithfully obeying God as He leads us forward. And, the next time we see someone knocked to the ground, may it be Satan. Satan whose final destination is hell and the lake of fire forever.
PUNCH SATAN TO THE GROUND IN JESUS’ NAME!