I had an experience recently that gave me a revelation .. Satan doesn’t know you. I had an encounter with someone who was severely under the influence. This person has no recollect of the conversation, and I was certain, the words spoken, were entirely led by a demonic presence. (They don’t call it ‘spirits’ for nothing!) The profound thing to me was being witness to this and being able to clearly discern what was happening. In the past, have I not had some personal experiences in my life with demonic presence already, I might have been freaked out. However, in this instance, I really seen a person who wouldn’t remember anything, so the only person that could be effected by the words spoken was the other person in the room .. i.e. me.
As I’m listening to the words of this individual, I’m hearing that my loved ones are being followed by Satan and all kinds of other strange things. I disregard the comments and speak to the person directly, by name. Again with the strange comments. Then they start in on me. ‘Dionne. I remember you. From before.’ This is the part where, had I not been privy to this strangeness from the past, I might have been freaked out.
It was then that I had the revelation. The statement was made almost like an attempt to engage me, or trick me into saying or doing something that would somehow trip me up. I imagine it was much like this for Jesus when the Pharisees kept trying to trip Him up back in the day. Now, I’m not Jesus, but I do have His Holy Spirit in me, and I am thankful to say, He gave me the ability to see things from an entirely different perspective that day. Have you seen the movie based off the ‘Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe?’ It’s the one where the girl on the beach is captured by these invisible creatures that appear to be giants? Turns out that when the facade is over, the creatures are really just silly looking creatures with one big foot that have no capacity to do much of anything once they are seen. This is how I see Satan and his band of demons. He has no control over our lives unless we turn it over to him. There, the secrets out. He doesn’t know me, and neither does he know you. I imagine he walks around with some sort of spiritual notebook taking notes on how you respond to his attempts to get your attention, but once you get an understanding of this, the gig’s up.
On the other hand, God knows you. God doesn’t trick, seduce, or play on your emotions to get you to follow Him. He allows you to explore for yourself who He is. Go ahead and go where He doesn’t want you to go. He won’t stop you, especially if you are adamant about going there. But He’ll be patiently waiting for you when you finally realize that all those things you have been following were not Him. He’ll be patiently waiting to pick up the pieces and help you rebuild what you were so hell-bent on destroying trying to prove your point that it was your life. He never argued once with you about it.
I am in awe of God! What does He want? He wants us to be willing to let Him see Us for who we really are. Here’s another little secret, He knows all this already. After all, He is God. Not to scare you or anything, but His word tells us that, “They were not faithful to the covenant I made with them, so I paid no attention to them.” Hebrews 7:9 All that craziness where you thought you were getting God’s attention … ummm .. He wasn’t even looking. The only attention you were getting was from the demonic presence God allowed. I’m sorry, but you were neglected. You made your point, you wanted it your way, so God gave you what you wanted. He wants us to be willing to show Him our sins and take accountability for it. Yes, yes, you’ll have to pay the consequences of your actions in this world, but the good news is, He isn’t going to banish you to hell for those actions. He already took care of that price by dying on the cross, but it’s not yours unless you choose to take it. By taking accountability, it allows Him to help you stop doing things that are hurtful to yourself, harmful to others, and displeasing to God.
Repentance .. it’s not only the first step, it’s the most important.
See? Satan doesn’t know you. He’s just a tool God allows until you realize, it’s the attention of God that matters.
Happy day! 🙂