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Dealing With The Devil
By Barbara Kasey Smith
Saturday, May 12, 2007

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Does the devil ever get his grip on you? Here's a short story of what I do when the grip of evil tries to shut me down. Have you ever had these feelings?

It's been a long week; and thus far, everything's gone awry and nothing I've planned has worked out okay. There have been disputes, mistakes, and transgressions building up inside of me since the beginning of the week. I've tried to remain calm and peaceful...but, I vision myself exploding any minute. I image a red devil tempting me, and saying, "Come on lose control...go on a ranting rage...let the world see who you really are! You're not a child of're a sinner...go on sin, sin, tell everyone how you really feel...come on get it out!"

I immediately realize I need an intervention to replenish my self-assurance; thus, to capture my ability to restore the undertakings of my daily tasks and to be considerate and affectionate to my family, friends, co-workers, and to rid myself of this evil mood holding me hostage. There's this tantalizing voice trying to push me over the edge.

I seek out to talk with my best friend, Jesus Christ, to discuss my frustrations and indiscretions. I go to my favorite place to pray. As I sit beneath the flourishing elm tree, it's branches hang low as though they are shielding and nurturing my testy mean spirit and trying to comfort my soul. I look around at the greatness of God's beauty surrounding me. I smell the fragrant flowers incredible aroma, wild animals peering curiously at me, tadpoles scribbling the gurgling water, a Robin nurturing her young and a magnificent view. I feel HIS presence is everywhere I look and I feel peace and serenity.

As I sit here on the rich soil, it is what I believe Heaven will look like...a lush green backdrop, a radiant sun overpowering the sky, all HIS creatures roaming Heavens pathways, a variety of birds soaring through the sky, waterfalls and crystal clear streams with colorful fish, vivid flowers everywhere, musical tones blending from the birds and animals...a stillness bringing peace and serenity to the soul of mankind, nourishing our souls with HIS almighty love...whispering stories about HIMSELF to us that the world has never known.

God made every infinitesimal thing perfect and to HIS perfection. There were no mistakes. I envision Jesus in my presence; I feel HE is here to listen and to provide me peace and tranquility. He will calm my storm and cease the raging currents coming against me. We discuss my woes and misfortunes; and abruptly, I'm reminded of all the enjoyable things that have happened this week. My friend, Stephanie, gave birth to a healthy baby boy; my x-rays came back normal; Mr. Johnson's leg didn't have to be amputated; Joe, my friend, made it home safe from the devastating war in Iraq; my children called me this week to say they loved me; my husband showered me with attention because he knew I was having a terrible week.

I whisper, "Lord, You've provided me many good deeds this week and gave me a glorious place to live. I know I am Your child because You accepted me long ago into Your opened arms. I know through faith in You the evil will not survive in my life. I call on You to dismiss these evil thoughts and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Lord, I do have faith in You and I do believe in Your word. I'm offended to come to You with such pettiness and doubts. I pray You grant me strength, patience, and bestow me with a non-judgmental attitude; thus, allowing me to overlook my trivial-mindedness and evil thoughts. Help me to disregard these fixations and magnify in me Your almighty salvation, grace, love, and the ability to reach out to offer kindness and friendship to others when I'm tempted to lose my cool. Help me to shun evil desires and to fill my soul with Your love. Lead me beside still waters and restore my soul with a renewal of Your almighty love.

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Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/6/2008
So much wisdom is written into this piece. I truly believe that we can beat the Devil if we set our minds to it, for we are retrieving the strength from God. When the devil tries to work its way to us, our own believes give us the strength to fight back, and we know we are stronger than the devils.

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Sandy Brown 10/7/2007
This past week was one of those turbulent ones for me and I felt the same temptation to lash out. God gave me the strength to make it through to the other side! I loved this reminder that we just need to look at the positives when the negatives start to get us down.
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 9/3/2007

A powerful and timely write Barbara and insightful too. Must say I agree with the below reviewers especially Julie Donner Andersen~truly believe HE renews and restores on a daily basis!

Spiritual hugs and love to you,

Reviewed by Mary Coe 6/18/2007
I think we've all been there. God is always there to pull us through. Very inspiring write. great story.
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 5/15/2007
Dear Barbara.. An inspiring write.. You looked into your soul and let Jesus help you again.. HE IS Always there for us. God Bless ,,,,,,,,M
Reviewed by Julie Donner Andersen 5/14/2007
"Have you ever had these feelings?"

Only every day! :)
I am reminded of the Psalms: He restoreth my soul...
Not only does He renew us, but keeps renewing us, again and again, until we are perfected by Hi sgrace.

Thank you for this beautiful write!
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 5/14/2007
Related well with this write dear friend, I once was under attack by the enemy and felt that I just couldn't go another mile, much less another step. I felt I had carried the load as long as I possibly could, I was being attacked on all sides with first one thing and then another. I recall sitting up in the middle of the bed in the middle of the night and crying and calling out on God, I told Him..."I can't stand this anymore, Lord. What do I do?" As suddenly as I ask the question I felt a sense of comfort and heard a whisper in my ear...when you've done all you know to do just stand! I kept repeating this to myself the remainder of the week! On Sunday night, guess what the preacher's sermon was about...yeah, When you've done all that you can do...stand be patient and wait on God! I stood and waited on Him to move, and soon He did! I try to recall this episode every time that I am overwhelmed or under the weight of a heavy burden! An amazing story! Enjoyed!
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 5/12/2007
What an amazing story, Barbara. What struck me most was this: "We discuss my woes and misfortunes; and abruptly, I'm reminded of all the enjoyable things that have happened this week. My friend, Stephanie, gave birth to a healthy baby boy; my x-rays came back normal; Mr. Johnson's leg didn't have to be amputated; Joe, my friend, made it home safe from the devastating war in Iraq; my children called me this week to say they loved me; my husband showered me with attention because he knew I was having a terrible week."

Jesus will always intervene. That is what it's all about. Yes, the devil tries to force his stupid thoughts on us to torment and throw us off track. Still, he is no match for our beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ, though. Next time the devil tries to discourage you, just say, "Get thee hence, Satan. It is written, I'm a child of the living God. I'm covered by His blood. Nothing you can do can ever derail me. Be gone you useless piece of rubbish." (or words to that effect) :)

God Bless

Love always
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 5/12/2007
Barbara, I know the feeling. Sometimes we are pulled in so many directions, we feel we are being torn apart. I've been there, too, and the phrase I always repeat to myself like a mantra is: "This too shall pass".

Blessings and peace to you.


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