This has been one of my most read posts. I pulled it from the archives today because, it's so important that I remember NOT to make agreements with satan. I hope it encourages you...
Many of us make agreements with satan and we don't even realize it. It
may start out small like a small thought popping in your head. Satan
fuels that thought with mores lies until you have made up your mind that
you agree with satan. For example...I can't watch Dancing With the
Stars...it is too much of a stumbling block for me. Why? Well, just
look at them. They have beautiful bodies that seem to move
effortlessly. I made an agreement with satan that my body is just not
up to par. It's just not good enough. I went from a small thought of
"wow, they are beautiful" to "I'm not that beautiful...I don't have
those nice curves... I could never be graceful like that" Those are all
satan's lies and I AGREED with them. Sure, I don't look like that, but
I don't have to fall for the lie that my body and grace are any less
good. But, to keep those thoughts at bay...I just don't watch it.
example would be realizing your husband has not done something you have
asked him to. Pretty soon an agreement is made that he just doesn't
care about you or else he would have remembered. Or he is lazy and just
doesn't care about things you ask. I have made this agreement with
Our family has made a lot of agreements with satan. We were not even aware of the many agreements we have made....(if
the house is a mess, then I'm are a horrible wife...if my husband is
crabby, then he hates us...if supper isn't just scrumptious, then I'm a
failure at being a good helpmeet...my husband didn't have a loving dad
growing up, so he is never going to be a good one...I'm weak everyday,
so I'm never going be all that I can be...life is hard right now and
it's never going to be truly glorifying to God...) We have
decided it's time to break these agreements! When you make agreements
with satan, he has much more influence over you. I do not want to be
influenced by him. No way. I want to submit to the Lord and have satan
flee from me, from our home. He is a sly fellow. All these agreements
came so subtly. Most of the time we had no idea we were being duped.
Shame on us! We need to be aware of his schemes. But, believe me, my
family is more aware now. And that gives us power against the accuser.
We need to have on the full armor of God. One piece I will focus on is the shield of faith. "In
addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can
extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one." Ephesians 6:16
fiery darts are what ignite our small thoughts that can eventually turn
into agreements. We need the shield to extinguish them. We do not
want to make agreements with satan. We would much rather make
agreements with the Living God.
So as you set out today...be more
aware of the agreements you are making with satan. Break those
agreements and dig out your shield. Put on the full armor of God..."Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." Ephesians 6:11
Onward Christian soldier! Make no agreements with the enemy!