Laurie Coombs is a passionate writer and speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption, and the hope found in Jesus. She is the author of Letters from My Father’s Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness, an incredible true story of grace, mercy, and the redemptive power of God. Her story was featured in Billy Graham’s film, Heaven, as well as on many other national and regional radio and television programs. She is a contributor to Zondervan’s NIV Bible for Women and writes at LaurieCoombs.org. Laurie and her husband, Travis, make their home in Nevada along with their three daughters.
I freely admit there have been times when I have given Satan entirely way too much power by focusing on him and his latest attack rather than on God.
It is true. Satan is real, he is our enemy, and he does attack God's people. But our attention should not be directed toward him.
Yes, we need to understand how Satan works and how to engage in spiritual warfare, for to completely ignore our enemy's presence would be foolish, but it seems to me that there's a difference between recognizing and protecting ourselves against attack and being consumed by a current or possible attack in the future.
The human mind is incapable of focusing on two things at the same time, so in all actuality, when we focus on Satan, we take our focus off Jesus. But this will never do. We will never be able to defeat Satan by focusing on Satan. It just won't happen. Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that (Martin Luther King, Jr.). And Jesus is that light. The Light. So our attention must remain on Him alone if we are to defeat Satan in our lives.
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Please note: I've intentionally kept this post short and sweet because Satan gets enough attention, as it is––he certainly doesn't need more. The more attention he gets, the more power we give him, so let's be sure to keep our thoughts of him in check and our eye on God.