Get Behind Me, Satan!

I want to take a moment and thank all of you who commented on the post Full Disclosure. Each and every one of your words have touched my heart. I had to stop and thank God. That type of unity in Christ’s love is what causes the devil to tremble in fear.

Words have immense power. Words of criticism lead to insecurity. Whereas words of encouragement reinforce our faith.

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. (Proverbs 16:24)

When I began this spiritual journey, I thought most opposition would come from non-Christians. Atheists, particularly. That’s not the case. The biggest challenges came from Christians with strict doctrine. Those who say “in love” things like:

  • You have no business speaking Christ’s name.
  • You need to stop doing this and that right now. No wonder you had rough experiences.

Spiritual shaming has led to a generation of Christians who are fearful and ashamed. Afraid to approach God. Afraid to speak their heart. Like meek little mice scurrying to avoid the judgement of their Christian peers.

I really liked the comment from Kevin, “Every time believers judge, criticize, and attack each other, they are literally crucifying Jesus Christ all over again.”

Christ knew the importance of sympathy and compassion in a world of self-righteousness and criticism.  (John 8:7)

Christ absolved us of our sin. There’s no more shame. Anyone who makes you question your worth in Christ is an enemy.

I refuse to be a fearful mouse. I’m a lion in Christ and will roar His name without shame. Cuz God did not give us a spirit of timidity. (2 Timothy 1:7)

And if anyone comes at me with petty criticisms, I will tell them the same thing Jesus said when Peter was focused on the wrong things…

Get behind me, Satan! (Matthew 16:23)


26 thoughts on “Get Behind Me, Satan!

  1. The best pastor I worked with told me to learn how to choose your battles. Take that a step further, let God choose your battles. I taught that to my kids. I taught them how to pray. When God sends us into battle, we don’t run out of proof text like the 6 shooter Christians. They have a verse or tow, then 3-4 more to condemn anyone who doesn’t agree with them. When we pray, the LORD is sure to fill our minds with so many stories in scripture, it would take a life time to write it all down. We are prepared, and we can’t fail. Sure no one listens, maybe a few, the enemy tries to convince us we are alone. But the enemy forgot what it is like to be at God’s throne. We are never alone with Jesus as commander and chief sending us into a battle. Did I just get your mind to wander on a few stories?

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  2. Rae, I wish that there was a love button like on Facebook. You go girl! Don’t be deterred by naysayers, but at the same time, treat them the same way you would want to be treated, with grace, love and mercy.
    I love what Kevin said to you. He’s right.
    Keep growing in God’s Grace and allow Him to mold you and shape you into what He’s created to be. You’re His masterpiece!
    Love you girl!

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  3. Every creature produces after its kind.Our Father is The Lion of the Tribe of Judah and we are His children,He was not ashamed to call us brothers (Heb2:11) and you can not be a brother of a lion except you are a lion. So my dear RAE, roar and devour any unfortunate prey who steps into your lion’s den ‘cos your DAD is a LION and lion’s gene is in you.


  4. So true, Rae. Jesus said the world would know we are Christians by our love to one another. Let us show the love of Christ to those who are hurting and vulnerable.

    I remember being a young Christian trying to find my way. There was a time we were under a strict ministry and that was not a good place to be. but then a new pastor came in and taught us the beauty of grace and mercy. Christ has been both of these things to us, and it is our place to extend that to others.

    It is a joy to see the growth in you through this blog. We both started on WordPress about the same time and I am reminded every time I see you post where you were then and how far you’ve come. You’re doing great girl! Keep it up!

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  5. I can really relate to your post. When I first started, I received a ton of criticism because some did not like my style. I guess some were convicted and took it personal. I was just posting what was in my heart and what God was speaking to me. Some took that and turned it into personal attacks against me and my walk. At first I didn’t understand why and began to question myself. But I knew that I do it for God and no one else. I agree with the comment of “Christians attacking each other” that you mentioned. Everyone’s style is not going to be the same because we’re different people. The only time I speak against something is if it’s not true according to the Word of God. If it’s true according to the Word, I’m not bothered. We should be working together. Stay encouraged!💜

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  6. It’s such a shame believers tear apart believers.
    We are to lift each other up, and keep ourselves accountable, but this must be done in love, as Christ loves us. Unfortunately, people tend to want to throw stones at each other, compare who is better, and cast downward glances on the fallen.
    Keep going forward, girl 🙂

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  7. You know, I’d think that people today would say that Christ isn’t Christian enough even if they saw Him. No matter. Our challenge as Christians is not just living a Christ-like life (being and doing what Christ would be/do given a situation), but also living a life like Christ’s (being exposed to the kinds of people, experiences, struggles, persecutions, and even temptations as Him). Followers of Christ will walk similar paths as part of their refinement… and those paths will be lined with critics of Christ. No matter. Keep walking with Him!

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  8. Very informative read. I loved what you said in regards to:
    “Words have immense power. Words of criticism lead to insecurity. Whereas words of encouragement reinforce our faith.”
    Amen! Couldn’t have said it better myself! God bless!

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  9. Klara Gomez says:

    Loved this post much more than your last. Stay confident and trust that you’re being led by the Almighty! I always live by one motto: Others opinions of you don’t have to become your reality.

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  10. Hi Rae,
    Think about the times we are in. Lots of people who play church have to embrace the real thing or God moves them on. I know you appreciate the unvarnished truth. Christ saved us and He uses us as unique vessels to share with our own unique audience. I believe He has you as a voice to those who need to know that Jesus is right where we are. Not everyone gets it. I write Christian Science Fiction and have a ministry to nerds and geeks. Not everyone understands, but the Lord does.
    Fight the good fight,
    On Sat, Sep 16, 2017 at 9:56 AM, Real as the Streets wrote:
    > *Rae posted: “I want to take a moment and thank all of you who commented > on the post Full Disclosure. Each and every one of your words have touched > my heart. I had to stop and thank God. That type of unity in Christ’s love > is what causes the devil to tremble in fe” >

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  11. Rae,
    It’s been a while since I visited your blog with a refreshing, even newer look than the last time I stopped by. Again, I was impressed by your layout and the lean, clean look, beginning with words to the wise from Henri Nouwen. As always, your penetrating comments continue to stir the heart and challenge the minds of those with ears to hear and eyes to see. Thanks for keeping it real in your own inimitable voice and engaging style..
    Thanks also for the recent likes on my blog. May the favor of God continue to abound toward you in every way. You are special to the Lord who has great plans for you.

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  12. anitabrownwrites says:

    I hear you Rae! Thank you for keep on keepin on with your faith. Often times in situations like these, I think of the story about Ghandi, the one in which he said, “I’d be a Christian, if it were not for the Christians.”

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  13. This reminds me of Matthew 23:13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.”

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