Given October 16, 2016
We all know about bullying. Many of us have been bullied in school, at work, in public or even in families. Research suggests that bullies are insecure, feel unworthy and need attention and they usually attract a following who want to see what they’re going to inflict on someone. Bullies don’t pick on the captain of the football team but some, supposedly, weaker kid. Experts suggest many ways to stop a bully, one of which is to stand up to them. I saw a video of a large kid who was being bullied and finally had had enough. He turned, picked up the smaller bully and slammed him to the ground and walked away. End of that bullying session.
So now you’re thinking about how bad it is to be bullied and how you don’t want to be in that situation. Well, most of us are! We’re being bullied by the king of bullies, the devil! And the sad thing is, we keep letting him do it. But there are a few differences in the devil’s bullying: 1. He’s all talk. He can’t hit you but will talk you into hurting yourself. 2. He knows there are some people he can’t bully. 3. There’s a sure-fire way for you to be bully free.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) The devil is a deceiver; he talks you into hurting yourself. He makes it look so good, you fall for it. He’s looking for someone to scam.
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:11) He’s looking for someone to pick on but when he sees someone fully dressed for battle, he just moves on. If you’re a Christian, you’ve been issued that armor, do you have it on or is it somewhere in your closet?
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) If you try to stand up to the devil without God backing you, you’ll get whipped! So, give yourself to God, get in the devil’s face and tell him to “Git!” You might say, “I’m submitted to God and I resist you devil.” And, “Greater is He who is in me than you are.” (1 John 4:4) Don’t let the devil bully you anymore!