One of our five year old’s favorite bedtime stories is an interesting book titled ‘ Go Away Big Green Monster’. I have read this book to him dozens of times and he still loves it every time. Essentially the first half of the book is the author describing every detail of this big green monster, add one detail per page with a matching illustration. For example it reads ‘ Big green monster has two big yellow eyes’ and you see two big yellow eyes staring back at you. Then after several pages you have this complete picture of this big green monster. And then… You turn the page to read ‘YOU DON’T SCARE ME!’ Then page by page each scary monster feature is told to ‘Go Away’.
‘ Go Away Two Big Yellow Eyes.’
The book ends with the bold command, ‘Go AWAY big green monster and don’t come back until I say so!’. I can see why this is appealing to our son, it allows him visualizes the power and confidence to tell a scary monster to go away. He feels empowered by hearing this. During our most recent read through this book, probably the 318th time reading it I had visualized this big green monster a little differently. What if I faced my monsters with this simple and confident approach.
We have victory and power in Christ to tell satan to go away!
“I will never be as good as she is.”
When we feel tempted with envy —->Go AWAY evil lies of satan!!!
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
“I am worthless and will never be good enough.”
When we are attacked with self doubt—-> Go AWAY evil lies of satan!!!
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
“I have failed my kids and family and am a terrible mother.”
When we are assaulted with feelings of failure—> Go AWAY evil lies of satan!!!
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5:8-9
“This is too much, I cannot handle this and am not strong enough.”
When circumstances of the moment seem overwhelming and impossible—> Go AWAY evil lies of satan!!!
”But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3
1- Armor up!!! Stay engaged in His word and His truth. His truth teaches us how He loves us unconditionally, not because of who we are or what we do but because of who He is.
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:11-17
2- Tell satan to “GO AWAY!” We are victorious through Christ. we WILL conquer satan and his evil lies and constant attacks in our lives, Christ is our protector and through Him we will rise up victorious!
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
3- Choose positive thoughts.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things. ” Philippians 4:8
4- Fall to your knees in prayer, most important battles are won with the weapon of prayer.
“Hear my prayer, Lord, listen to my cry for mercy.” Psalm 86:6
” Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6