Monday, March 21, 2011

Get Thee Behind Me, Jerkface

Another Sunday, another near-disaster.

I was in another scene this week at church. This one was rehearsed for a couple weeks and really well done by everyone involved. But we got out on stage for the first service and my mic didn't work.


It was on! I checked! The booth just wasn't getting a signal. The stage manager had to come out and sneak me a hand mic. The scene actually went really well despite that little problem, and the other services were just fine.

My husband had a rough morning, too. He was playing electric guitar in the praise band, and a bunch of things went wrong for him—he forgot his capo, they changed they key of one of the songs and he didn't know, there were problems with the in-ears or something. He had a long list.

But you know what? None of that came back on God. We were sitting around talking between services and someone mentioned that our scene and our church service as a whole must really be effective if Satan was going to such great lengths to sabotage it.

Oh. It's not God messing things up. It's Satan.

Why didn't I think of that?

And who let him into church? On a Sunday? For reals?

If you've never thought of Satan as a real entity who is actively working against you, think again. He is quite capable of getting all up in our stuff and messing it up.

The sermon yesterday was about making the decision to go against culture—and the drama was about two people living together without being married and a father with a moral objection. That sort of thing is bound to step on a lot of toes. Maybe even change some people's minds about how they're living their lives. Satan certainly doesn't want that. He wants people to go on doing whatever they want to do and not bringing themselves under the authority of God.

You know what's funny? As I sit here writing this, I'm concerned about how my readers will react. Surprisingly, Satan can be a divisive thing. How he interferes—whether he does at all—can make people argue. But the Bible indicates he is real—a lot. It talks about Satan interfering and trying to take you away from God. That's how Satan gets back at God: misleads God's people and breaks God's heart.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

He's really a jerk. I'm pretty sure God wouldn't have a problem with me saying that.

On Sunday, what Satan wanted us to do was have bad attitudes. Get grumpy about things, get grumpy with God, let that rub off on the people around us, not focus on what we were there to do and who we were there to worship. I'm sorry to admit that I let it get to me more than I should have. When someone brought up Satan messing with stuff, it actually made me proud to be a part of something that would irritate him so much.

So let's give Satan his due—make sure he gets credit for all the lousy things that go on. When you hate yourself? Satan. When someone is cruel and violent? Satan. When things try to interfere with others knowing Jesus? Satan.

Yes, let's give Satan all that junk. What can you attribute to Satan? I'll bet there's more than you even realize.


  1. Hmmm... for starters, it's totally Satan's fault that I let my failures immobilize me! (Maybe partly mine, too?) I'm getting better now that I realize that's what's happening, though. If you fail at something, it just means you get back up and TRY AGAIN instead of DWELLING ON IT. :) Great post, girl.

  2. Great post, Rach! I have seen these things Sunday after Sunday and with the powerful message of the drama yesterday and the amazing time of worship with people really responding to God, I'm pretty sure you and B were on the radar in Hades...The very next verse says "Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings." That means he's not unstoppable and that you're not alone!

  3. LOVED this post! And the title made me laugh because it is SO true! AND there is no doubt that Satan is alive and well. Stand firm sister!

  4. Great post! I never thought about it that way. This is a great reminder why my prayers need to continue to be ones of thanks for all of my blessings and not a grocery list of failings and wants.

  5. Absolutely love it! It is amazing how many times we sit back and ask 'Why, God?' Like it was all his doing, yet we didn't stop to think that it just could have been someone else? Like Satan...Get thee behind me Jerkface!! LOL too funny!

  6. It's great when we're able to see things from a different perspective. Isn't that so hard when we're right in the middle of the hard thing (our mic not working in your case, dealing w/ difficult kids in mine). So glad to remember it's not all my kid's fault.

  7. ooo, he was working hard to sabatoge our women's retreat this year... he totally failed. :)

  8. I think I've been in church services just like that. Be on guard and "think on things that are lovely..." Easy to say, not always easy to do.

    Good for you and the service to change the rough into spiritual reality.

  9. Hmmm...this has me thinking about recent events. 1 Peter 5:8 was the Lord's reply to me last week after a not so nice incident. Thanks for this Rachel.
    God bless :)

  10. I do believe that Christians underestimate and grossly misunderstand the utter hatred the enemy harbors towards us and that he does not play around. It reminds me of a scene in the Incredibles, where the mom is explaining to her kids that these enemies are not like the bad guys on Saturday morning cartoons. They want to KILL them if they got the chance. She admonishes her kids to not give them that chance. I think it is so with believers...the devil is not some dude in red tights, pointy tail, and a pitchfork. He wants to KILL us, and he will, if we allow it. We cannot give him that chance.

    You are definitely on point with this post, girl!!! Spiritual warfare is serious! Something I have to remind myself of daily when I'm dodging those "fiery darts"!!!


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