It must be past 12 midnight when I got up and felt I needed to drink. So I went down, robotically got myself a huge glass of water as I was still half-asleep, and headed back to my bed.
I didn’t find it hard to get back to sleep. The moment I closed my eyes, I knew I already passed out. Now, the strange thing happened again. The heaviness I’ve been feeling occasionally in my sleep was there again. This must be exciting!
But, no… it wasn’t! I waited for the gentle sounds I ought to hear again, but to my dismay, what appeared before me (at the left side of me, specifically) was a hideous, scary face with a devilish grin. Of course it was devilish. I realized it was him, Satan himself.
He was definitely scary and he was undoubtedly luring me with his lies. His face was so vivid I cannot put into words how he looked like. I cannot quite identify the exact things he said because I didn’t want to pay attention. Besides, it was not as if he were saying anything worth listening to. All I remember is that I had the feeling that he was somehow saying that my efforts are futile and that there is no point to battle with him any longer for he is already reigning. And he kept on laughing at me with mockery!
I must admit I was terrified. Sure I was. He was right in front of me and I couldn’t move! But I didn’t want to give him that satisfaction. (Even now he must feel like a celebrity for me to write about him. You are not, so be disappointed.) I instantly cried out to God for help and I knew He was right there with me. He is really good and faithful. I knew He wouldn’t allow me to be defeated in that encounter. I knew He wouldn’t allow any of Satan’s deception sink into me. And by God’s amazing grace, I yelled at Satan: How dare you say you reign? From the very beginning, you have already lost!
Moments later, he disappeared and I got my precious sleep back.
(That was the second time he tried invading me at my sleep and both times, he failed.)
We might not encounter Satan face to face, but we are waging war1 against him daily- in our thoughts, our behavior, our decisions, the choices we make, in our dealings with other people, in our quiet time- in every aspect every moment of our life. 2 He will not stop trying to intimidate us and to deceive us until we consider that his arguments make sense and soon believe that he is right. And if we are not grounded on our faith, we will definitely fall in his trap.
Should we be afraid? Definitely not. He is simply a roaring lion, and as children of the King of kings and Lord of lords, our Almighty and all powerful God, Satan has no longer power in us.3 We are already victorious through Jesus!
If he keeps on insisting that he is greater than us, we ought to remind him of his destination. (Revelations 12:10)
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
Maybe he just missed that tiny, yet very powerful, detail.
1 – Ephesians 6:12 – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
2 – 1Peter 5:8 – Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
3 – Hebrews 2:14-15 – Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death, he might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is the devil and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
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