Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s been said that St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. I hate snakes, so that legend blesses my heart big time.
In Scripture, the devil is seen in the Garden of Eden in the form of a serpent. Evil and deception coming in the form of a snake. His deception was to get Adam and Eve to doubt the word and the integrity of God. One of his most cunning deceptions was getting them to take their eyes off of the actual ‘Paradise’ that God had given to them, and look through the distorted lens of thinking God had somehow misled them, or was holding something pleasant back from them.
When you tell your child not to touch the stove, are you holding back from them the pleasant experience of being burned? Does the desire to protect your children from genuine danger make you a dishonest or non-giving, uncaring parent?‘The only way to fight the ultimate deceiver is with the power of ultimate truth.’ Click To Tweet
Today, Satan still attempts the same strategy to all of humanity. In very cunning and subtle ways, he whispers deceptive suggestions into the hearts and minds of human beings with the goal of distorting, and disorienting their perception of God and His Goodness. What a blessing it would be for people to finally understand and believe that God is Good. When he says “No” to something, He is not keeping us from something good for us, but keeping us from something quite bad and harmful for us. And, God’s “No’s” to us, also help us ‘keep’ the good things in our lives that He has blessed us with.
Here is a portion of the devil’s resume’
‘The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy..’ [John 10:10]
‘He was a murderer from the beginning.’ [John 8:44]
Knowing this, why would we ever be open to his approach in any way? The only way to fight the ultimate deceiver is with the power of ultimate truth! Here is a portion of the resume’ of Jesus:
‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’ [John 14;6.’]
On this St. Patrick’s Day, let’s drive that lying snake out of the Ireland of our hearts – In Jesus Name!