There’s this bird,
I call him Eustace
And he spends a lot of time
in our backyard
When he’s here
he consistently plays the part of the bully
He chases away all other birds
with rude squawks and aggression
But the strangest thing about Eustace
He bullies our cat Rodney
Little Eustace taunts Big Rodney
as if roles were reversed
We’ve seen Rodney running from Eustace across the yard
as if his life depended on it
And when Rodney perches atop the platform on our porch
Eustace flies at him, squawking protests loudly
But the truth is, this is Rodney’s territory,
he belongs here
Eustace is an outsider
And all of this got me to thinking
about Christ Followers
We are often bullied
by our spiritual enemy
He loves to make us think
he is larger than he really is
The reality though
is that God is infinitely bigger and more powerful
than the devil
So, friend, know your identity
as a child of God!
When the enemy squawks and bullys
stand firm, resist and tell him how powerful your Protector is
And let him know
this is not his territory
Don’t cower before this snake
KNOW the power that resides in you
Get lost, Eustace
– Susie Stewart
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
James 4:7 (NLT)
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.
– Ephesians 1:19,20 (NLT)
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
– Ephesians 6:10-18 (NLT)
Photo by Susie Stewart