Confess! You read the title of today’s post in the voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger from the movie The Terminator, didn’t you? In your mind, you saw the cyborg, complete with dark sunglasses and rock-hard jaw mouth the words without any emotion. He uttered a simple three-word statement and you knew for an absolute fact that he would, indeed, be back.
When you find salvation, at the moment you kneel at your altar (wherever that may be) and you truly repent of your sins and make that promise to Jesus Christ that you will serve Him and Him alone, the Holy Spirit’s rush of cleansing and forgiveness washes over your soul like a shower from the purest mountain waterfall. You are cleansed from sin and you are walking in faith in your newly found salvation.
Your mouth sings the praises of the Lord and your heart soars with joy. You truly understand the words that David wrote in Psalm 28:7, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him.”
Oh, baby, life is good!
But, just like the Terminator promised, Satan is back. The ultimate Terminator whose sole purpose is to “steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10) has returned to you with all the temptations of your sinful life before you met Jesus. Satan returns to your cleansed, purged soul as an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14) with sweet words of seduction and promises that just one little slip into the old way of life won’t make any difference. He lures you back into your sins for a just a little moment.
I love chocolate. And while you may think, “Wow! That’s certainly a random statement in the middle of this serious post about sin and Satan!” Stay with me for just a moment.
I love chocolate and it doesn’t matter if I have one candy bar or an entire bag of candy bars, if I eat one little bite I will not stop until I have consumed the entire thing. I cannot stop. Oh, I tell myself, just one. I’m good with one. I can stop after one. But I can’t. And after my binge, I’m sorry, I’m miserable, and I promise myself that I will never do it again.
That is how it is with sin.
It doesn’t make any difference how big or small your sin may be. Sin is sin. If your sin is gossip, one little slip of the tongue is all it takes for that little juicy morsel to spread to another listening ear until you have a kindled a wildfire that is out of control. No matter your sin, it will grow if you allow the Terminator, Satan to seduce you into opening the door for a just a little moment.
In Matthew 12 and Luke 11, Jesus gives a stern warning about guarding the soul against the return of Satan. This is the quote of the words of Jesus that the good doctor, Luke, wrote in the gospel that carries his name:
“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.” Luke 11:24-26
Jesus understands Satan. He certainly should, He created him. But He not only understands Satan from the Creator’s point of view. Jesus understands what we face when Satan returns to tempt us. Jesus understands because He, in His body of flesh, faced the tempter’s snare and seductive words.
After Jesus had been tempted for forty days and forty nights in the wilderness by Satan, our Savior stood strong and never wavered once despite all the enticements Satan could put before Him. And when Satan knew he could not crack Jesus’ shield of faith, this is what we read in Luke 4:13: “And when the devil had ended all temptation, he departed from Him for a season.”
Did you read that scripture carefully? “And when the devil had ended all temptation, he departed from Him FOR A SEASON.” He was coming back.
If you are living for Christ and right now you are living the high life, if you are singing and rejoicing from the mountaintop and have no problems, no temptations, no issues…just wait. He’ll be back. And when he comes back, don’t be deceived. Don’t crack the door, don’t open it for even a tiny little second because just as Jesus warned us in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, Satan isn’t coming alone. One demon of sin brings another, they travel in a wolf pack, ready to consume your soul.
So, my friends, guard your heart and soul against deception. Remain watchful, stay on guard. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
Stay prayerful and in constant contact with the Lord. Remain humble before the throne. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
May you all be blessed today and may you stand strong in your faith, in Jesus’ name.
If I don’t meet you again here, I hope to meet you over there!