DID THE DEVIL GO DOWN TO GEORGIA

If you have been thinking all of this time that the “devil went down to Georgia,” then this post might come as a shock to you. He is roaming ALL of the earth, not just Georgia, and he is “looking for a soul(s) to steal!” At least Charlie Daniels had that part right in his song. But, the devil is not alone, he has an army to seek and destroy, and we are all sitting with a target on our backs.

I hate the devil! I hate his conniving ways, his lies, and everything about him makes my skin crawl. So, when I hate something, I try not to think about it. Why would I want to waste my precious time and energy thinking about something that I detest?

Peyton Manning, however, was someone who I admired. It might have been the fact that he played at the University of Tennessee, or if could have been the fact that I admired his work ethic. He would spend hours and hours preparing for the next game, and then spend hours trying to perfect his own game on the field.

Anytime that you are going to war or you have a battle in front of you, you better know the enemy. Those hours that Peyton Manning spent preparing for his next game (battle) was spent learning how his opponent (enemy) played the game. Peyton wanted to know what their strong points were, and also what their weaknesses were. How can you fight someone if you don’t know their weaknesses?

We all have a common enemy. He is a dragon who is spewing fire and is filled with fury. Yes, I am talking about the devil or satan, whatever you want to refer to him as. So, this week, I did something that I don’t like doing…I read about the devil. Specifically, I read about the devil being kicked out of Heaven.

The book of Revelations is interesting. It is hard to read since it deals with the end of time, but all of the terminology and descriptions are mind-blowing. When you describe an enormous red dragon with seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns on his heads, you start to lose me. That is not the picture of the devil that I’ve seen in my storybooks. He is red, has two horns, a forked tail, hooves for feet, and a pitchfork. Hmmm, that picture is terrifying, but the real description of him is even more frightening. And, it gets worse because he is not alone. The devil has an army at his beck and call.

Revelations 12: 3-4

Then another sign appeared in Heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born.

The devil took a third of the angels with him when he was thrown out of Heaven. How was the devil ever an angel? Where did he go wrong?

Isaiah 14: 12-15

12 How you have fallen from Heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! 13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. 14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” 15 But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit.

Pride and power took down the devil. It got him hurled down to the earth. The devil wanted God’s glory. He wanted to be worshipped and to make HIMSELF like the Most High. In my mind, I think that the devil had been stepping in front of the Lord for a while, trying to get the spotlight. I feel like he might have been reprimanded more than once for trying to take the glory from the Lord. My reasoning is that the Lord “HURLED” him to the earth. When I look up the meaning of hurled, it means “throw (an object) with great force”, “push or impel (someone) violently”,  and “utter (abuse) vehemently”. It sounds like God had taken all he was going to take and that he was furious at His Morning Star.

This also tells me that we need to be very careful where we have our alliances. The devil’s thirst for glory and worship got him in trouble, but it didn’t stop there. He enlisted his friends in his desire. I’m sure that there was a lot of complaining sessions with his tribe. I can hear him saying that the Lord was a glory hog, and that “he” did this and “he” did that, so why did the Lord take all of the credit? This is where we all have to be careful about the friends that we choose. The devil got sympathy from his group, he got support from them, and they ALL went to war with the Lord. And, they ALL got hurled out of Heaven.

Revelations 12:7-9

Then war broke out in Heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in Heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

So, the devil needs glory, and he wants to be acknowledged as much as the Lord. Those are his weaknesses. Now that we know his weakness, how do we fight against him?

When we complain, that gives the devil glory. Complaining is another way of saying, “the Lord is not providing for me as he should.” When we sympathize with a friend who is complaining, we are giving the devil glory. Not today, satan!

When we boast or brag, we are giving the devil glory. We are saying, “I did this, I am great. That gives the devil glory because we are not saying, “The Lord provided, The Lord showed me the way, The Lord brought me this opportunity.” To GOD goes the glory!!!

One of the ways that I refuse to give the devil any glory…I refuse to capitalize his name. I know that you are supposed to capitalize a proper noun or name, but he does not get that honor from me. So, take that satan with a small “s”.  When we take the glory from the devil and give to the Lord, instead, the devil gets furious. “Oh, satan, did I make you cry?” Lol!

Revelation 12:17

17 And the dragon was angry at the woman and declared war against the rest of her children—all who keep God’s commandments and maintain their testimony for Jesus.

We are those children! The devil has declared war against us! So, be vigilant and watchful for the devil’s tricks. And, keep giving God the GLORY, keep His commandment, and maintain your testimony for Jesus.

TO GOD GOES THE GLORY!

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  1. Sandra.c wrote:

    Oh world we need to wake up to the schemes of the devil. Let him not destroy us. God is our benefactor-let us give Him the glory. Thank you Tania for your message today.

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I have started adding, To God Goes The Glory before my Bible verses. Honestly, He is the only reason that my blog has been successful.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  2. Becky wrote:

    I love this. Needed reminded. Thank you, Tania.❤️

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I know that I need reminding also. I am glad that you liked the post.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  3. Janelle wrote:

    This is a wonderful post! I too am a huge admirer of Peyton and everything he stands for and represents. I also detest the devil and is happening to our world!

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Janelle, we are now officially besties. Lol! Peyton is a man, so I know that he has faults. But, you can tell that he tries to do what is right.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  4. Michelle Sullivan wrote:

    Good morning Tania. I read your blog daily and have gotten behind due to not working daily and getting behind on emails.

    Wow did I need to read this. I have a new grandson on the way in about 6 weeks to add to the sweet one I already have. I am so afraid of what the outcome of this craziness is going to be. Just have to keep
    Praying everything will be ok. ????????

    Thanks you so much for writing this.

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Michelle, I bet that there have been people having the same thoughts that you are having for hundreds of years. The Lord is our protector and He had not abandoned us.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  5. Donna Rodman wrote:

    The devil is always there, always waiting!. All glory to God.

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Yes, the devil is always waiting, but the Lord is always with us too. That is a comforting thought.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  6. Nanachel wrote:

    Thank you for your Sunday posts. They are a blessing.

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am glad that you enjoy the Sunday posts! Thanks for commenting.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  7. Sharon Hurley wrote:

    I needed this also! Thank you Tania. ❤️

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I’m glad that you enjoyed this, Sharon.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  8. Judy wrote:

    Thank you. I needed that.

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      You’re welcome. I’m glad that you liked the post.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  9. Diane Schexnyder wrote:

    Thank you, Tania…I needed this reminder!

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      It is something that a lot of us need to be reminded of.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  10. CINDY GUNVILLE wrote:

    Amen!! Yes. This is why we must put on our Spiritual armor daily to fight the wiles of the devil!!

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Yes, keep your armor handy and ready to do battle at all times.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  11. Carolyn wrote:

    I like your scripture messages. They help us open our eyes to the pitfalls around. Also, I wanted to tell you that I also have an Applachian accent.

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am glad that you like the Bible verses. So, you are a member of the AA club too? Appalachian Accent Club.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  12. Lori Duncan wrote:

    Thank you for this timely and much needed post. The enemy is real but we know the outcome… God wins in the end!

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Yes, we do! You just commented about an upcoming post that I am planning.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  13. Kathy wrote:

    So good Tania! You are a gifted and inspired writer❤️

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Kathy. But, I am not a writer. I prayed to the Lord for Him to give me the message. To God goes the glory!

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  14. Holly wrote:

    Tania that was awesome!!!Loved every word!

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am glad that you enjoyed the post!

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  15. Eve wrote:

    You should write a book on the spiritual woman and today’s problems with trying to stay sane when it seems like evil is all around us. I don’t know if this is the beginning of the end but something evil is going on when they are burning Bibles in the streets of America.

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Lol! I’m not sure about writing a book, my sister is the writer of the family.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  16. Pam wrote:

    Excellent touches the soul

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Pam! I am glad that this touched you.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  17. DEB wrote:

    Amen!

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks for reading my Sunday posts.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  18. Sandy wrote:

    I enjoyed your post today. I never thought of complaining as glorifying the devil before but it is so true!

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Complaining is a hard habit to break. I am trying to catch myself, and I am hoping that I am progressing in that area.

      Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  19. Lori W wrote:

    Just what I needed to be reminded of today. Thank you!

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply
  20. Jes wrote:

    I absolutely agree but also feel we are stronger and can tell the devil no! He hates to hear that word!

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  21. Judy wrote:

    Wonderful post! Thank you for reminding us what is most important in our lives and for not being ashamed to stand up for what you believe!!! Also for sharing God’s Word.

    Posted 8.3.20 Reply
  22. Jayne McLeod wrote:

    JESUS … our powerful and mighty shield. We have such power in the name of Jesus, say Jesus and evil flees. Thank you Lord. I am very grateful to have found you and this lovely blog … thank you for sharing your heart with mine. Enjoy the SONshine !

    Posted 8.4.20 Reply
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