What? Satan, the relentless enemy of Christ and His people has a favorite sentence?
I believe he does. This picture from everyday life may help you understand Satan’s favorite sentence:
Do you have a place in your home that you just don’t want to think about because it’s so full of junk that even opening the door makes you tired? Maybe it’s that garage, closet or spare room you’ve been promising yourself you’d clean up someday, but you just keep throwing the stuff you don’t know what to do with in there.
When you throw something else in there, you pause for a minute, feel a little guilt and a lot of shame, but move on to more pleasant rooms.
Most of us would have to admit that there are places in our lives that are the equivalent of those dark rooms full of clutter. We don’t know what to do with this junk we can’t seem to release, so we just turn out the lights and close the door.
“I’ll take care of that later,” you promise yourself.
You may hate that room, but there is a being in the universe that absolutely loves that room. And when you say, “I’ll take care of that later,” he’s ecstatic!
It’s Satan’s Favorite Sentence
And it’s his favorite place in your life because it’s the place he can hang out as he screams his lies into your heart:
- “You’re just a piece of garbage, no wonder God doesn’t let you do something important for Him.”
- “See, I told you you’d never measure up. Do you imagine Jesus really loves you anymore? If I were you, I’d just give up. Come on in here with me, we can party and it’s going to feel really good.”
- “Whatever you do, don’t turn on the lights! If your Christian friends ever knew what you were really doing in here, they’d abandon you like a stray dog in a war zone.”
Jesus’ Problem With That Sentence
Jesus already knows about the stuff we say we’ll take care of later. He wants to cleanse the clutter with His love. How would Jesus respond to that sentence, “I’ll take care of that later”?
Jesus would lovingly tell us that we have the wrong strategy. He never intended for us to manage our sin and clean up the messes in our lives. That’s why He died, why He sent His Spirit into us, why He made us new.
When you and I determine to “take care of that later” Satan knows we’re headed for shame. Satan loves shame, it’s where he hangs out and does his most vicious work.⇦Tweet that!
There is only one way for us to clean up the messes of our lives, and that is by depending on the power of the Spirit to have victory over the power of the flesh (Galatians 5:1-6).
Believer, you are in Christ. Satan loves it when you forget that because he knows that “in Christ” you need not fear what is true about you, even your darkest, most disgusting secrets.⇦Tweet that!
Question: Are you tired of trying to clean up the clutter of your life in your own strength? Turn to Jesus and trust in what He says about you. If I can help you in any way, don’t hesitate to comment. I promise I’ll respond.