Monday, February 23, 2009
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When I came home from my first trip to Australia, my kids were eager to see what souvenirs I might have brought back for them. I couldn't fit that kangaroo in my suitcase, but there was one very Australian item I did bring back - a boomerang. Those things are amazing. If you throw it right, that boomerang will go out, make a U-turn, and come right back to you. It's probably a good idea, then, to pay attention after you throw your boomerang. I can just see a klutz like me throwing it, turning my back, and getting boomed with my own boomerang!
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Boomeranging Satan."
If you're trying to live for Jesus Christ, I can guarantee you Satan is throwing things at you, trying his best to bring you down. You may be dodging some of those missiles from hell right now, and you're feeling the pressure. Here's the good news. When the devil throws his boomerang to take you down, you can duck and you can send it right back to hit him in the head; thus making him wish he had never thrown it. Would you like to do that with the stuff he's been throwing at you?
Then you'll be interested in our word for today from the Word of God. In Luke 4 beginning in verse 1, the Bible tells us that "Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days He was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end He was hungry. The devil said to Him, 'If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.' Jesus answered, 'It is written, 'Man does not live on bread alone.'"
Three boomerangs from Satan are thrown at Jesus that day. Each time Jesus makes His choice by stubbornly standing on what the Bible says instead of falling for what Satan says. Notice the outcome a few verses later: "When the devil had finished this tempting, he left Him until an opportune time. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and the news about Him spread throughout the whole countryside." This is awesome! The temptations that were intended to bring Jesus down only made Him stronger and more powerful in the Holy Spirit. And Satan skulks away muttering, "I blew it!" He was hit by his own boomerang! I love it!
That's exactly what can happen to you as the devil throws his temptations at you. Probably he does to you what he did to your Lord - he waits 'till you're in a "wilderness" time, until you're vulnerable. Then He pushes the buttons that appeal to some deep need you have, to be loved, to be noticed, to be accepted, to be successful, to stop hurting, or to get some relief. Your enemy, of course, is expecting you to fall for what he's throwing at you. He can use this to get you discouraged, to get you to compromise, to make you focus on yourself, to mess up your priorities, to get you to lash out, to turn back, or just to give up.
But God says if you "resist the devil," he will "flee from you" (James 4:7). First, you have to recognize who these feelings and who this pressure is coming from. Then, you have to make a conscious choice that says, "I know who this is. I'm not falling for this! I am taking my stand against the devil's schemes!" (Ephesians 6:10) Finally, you stand stubbornly on what God says and you make your choice based on God's Word, not Satan's lies or your feelings. What will Satan do? Is he going to fight you? No, the Bible says He is going to flee from you. Every time you pass the test like this, you become stronger and more confident in Christ.
The thing that was supposed to bring you down just ended up making you more powerful spiritually than you were before! And Satan is going to wish he never threw his boomerang your direction. It misses you and it hits him!