Thoughts of a Man

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Does Satan want to steal your joy and your peace? You bet he does!

I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. Psalm 6:6 NIV

It took my friend for a few holes of golf before he was able to relax and enjoy the game. He told me as we started to play that he had been unable to sleep well the night before due to a stressful phone call he had received. He had come home from Wednesday night church and on the answering machine was a message something like this: “Mr. _______, this is attorney _________, with the law firm ___________. It is imperative that you call me as soon as you get this message. I will be here at 8:00 AM in the morning. I need you to call me first thing. This is of utmost importance.”

My friend tried to call the number, but no one answered. He tried to research the name of the law firm on the Internet but found nothing. He racked his brain trying to figure out what could be wrong, what would prompt such a call from an attorney. He went to bed with no answers, but he couldn’t sleep. His mind raced with possibilities, most of them not good. He knew he hadn’t done anything wrong, but the message had brought fear and worry into his life that hadn’t been there before. Have you ever had such a night?

You’ll be glad to know that my friend called the attorney the next morning and it was actually just a mix up of names. What would cause a mature, solid Christian man to melt under the pressure of fear and anxiety? Could Satan have had a hand in something like that? Of course! Why would Satan want to cause such worry in our lives? Because it takes our focus off our complete trust in the Lord. My friend is a giant of a Christian. In fact, he many times mentors me. But this one single call helped him lose his focus for a night. If it can happen to him, then it can happen to you and me.

Does Satan want to steal your joy and your peace? You bet he does. You’ll have to put on the full armor of God to wage battle against the evil one. This is exactly what Jesus meant when He said, “The thief comes only to kill and destroy”... but that we could “... have no fear, for I (Jesus) have overcome the world.” Rest in peace tonight, knowing that whatever happens, God is in control!

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