Digging Up Devils

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Digging up Devils

Years ago when my brother was only five or six years old, he was digging in the yard.  The neighbor asked him what he was digging for.  My brother promptly replied, “Devils.”

It occurred to me that we often go ‘digging for devils.’  One of the primary ways we do so is by listening to the accuser of the brethren.  Satan loves to bring up past sins and taunt us with them.  He knows that it is a very effective tactic for sending us on a guilt trip.  Once we allow our minds to listen to one guilt trip, we tend to ‘dig up more devils’ and we find ourselves in a downward spiral of guilt and shame.  We can declare the words of David, “Shame covers my face.” (Psalm 69:7)

We don’t need to live our lives plagued with guilt.  We are told in First John 1:9 that if we sin, we need to confess it to the Lord.  Once we’ve done that, He faithfully forgives us and cleanses us.  We no longer need to carry that guilt because Jesus bore that burden for us.

Satan comes to bring us condemnation through guilt because he knows that condemnation is like an arrow that can mortally wound us.  He also knows that as we wallow in guilt and shame, we feel unworthy to reach out to our Father.  We need to remember that there is no longer condemnation for us because we are now in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

We have an armor that can help us to stand firm against Satan and his wicked schemes. (Ephesians 6:10-18) So, the next time you feel a guilt trip coming on, instead of ‘digging for devils,’ take those thoughts captive and declare that Jesus already bore that sin and shame for you.  Declare to Satan that you refuse to be taken captive again!

© 2005, Stacy R. Miller

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