Shooing Satan

Resist the devil and he will flee from you. – James 4:7  

Down in Texas where I was raised, the standard way to respond when someone sneezed was to say, “Scat!” It was common practice, but I never knew why we said it. Now I know. It’s an old custom dating back to ancient times, when folks believed that sneezing expelled the devil. You said “Scat!” to shoo him away.

That’s mere superstition, of course. There are better, biblical ways to chase away the devil.

Satan’s schemes always begin with a lie, a false lead, a subtle twist to the truth, which if acted on will tear us away from God. His proposals rarely seem evil, because our minds are repelled by obvious evil. More often they come disguised as good. Satan adds a trace of grace and beauty to every lure, lest we recognize its deadly nature. It’s easy to be taken in.

“Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Counter Satan’s lies with truth when they first enter your mind. Meet them immediately with a word from God and banish him, as you would shoo away a pushy salesman, before he gets a foot in the door. Call to mind a verse or portion of Scripture that speaks to the particular lie Satan is selling you and submit yourself to that truth.

That’s the way to make the devil run.

David Roper  

Satan can catch you by surprise—
He’ll stop you in your tracks;
So keep on guard and trust God’s Word,
Resist his strong attacks. 


When Satan strikes, strike back with the Word of God.

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