"Laugh and Confuse The Devil"
Coffee With Pat
This past week, I am sure you have noticed that I have been trying to get people to laugh. When we learn to laugh in our times of troubles, it defeats Satan. (Proverbs 17:22) "A Merry Heart Does Good, Like Medicine, But A Broken Spirit Dries The Bones." First of all, think about it. The devil himself is sending out everything in his power, demons and all, to try to defeat the children of God. And the sad thing about it is we are letting him. We need to learn to laugh in his face. See, when we are laughing, even in the time of trouble, it will confuse him. He will sit back, scratch his head, and will be thinking to himself, "Now I have sent out every demonic power I have to attack them, and they are laughing." See, Satan is not all knowing. He cannot read our minds. He only knows what we speak. And when we speak negative things in our life, he knows he is winning the battle over us. A lot of times we are speaking negative things into existence in our own lives. We need to stop giving the devil ideas, he has enough on his own. We need to learn that sometimes it is just better to keep our mouths shut, that is unless we are going to laugh, give thanks, or praise God. (Proverbs 18:21) "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit." I can hear you now, "Pastor Pat, you just do not know!" Well I can tell you that maybe I do. I am 52 years old, and my life has not been a bed of roses. I could write a book on losses, hardships, disappointments, discouragement, sickness, and a few other things. But what good would it do to tell the devil everything he already knows? So I am just going to praise God, and thank Him for restoration. I am going to tell everyone about the joy, mercy, and grace of my Lord and Savior. As Christians we have given Satan too much leeway in our lives. We have given him too much credit. It is time we, as Christians, stop chasing Satan and demons and start chasing God, and He will take care of Satan and the demons. Again, stop giving Satan so much credit, and exert our power over him, In Jesus' name. (Matthew 16:18-19) 18. And I also say to you, that you are Peter, on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. 19. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Remember, the rock is not Peter as an individual, since Jesus substituted a foundation rock. Jesus meant that He Himself is the Rock upon which the church is built, and the church is built out of those stones that have made their confession of faith in Him. That is us, His children, the Body of the Church, believers in Jesus Christ. In other words, when we as Christians stand up and take our authority over the Gates of Hell, which is the power of death, then hell and everything in it cannot advance into the kingdom, nor claim victory over those who belong to God. Just as Peter was a representative of the church throughout the ages, Jesus is passing on to His church His authority or control to bind and to loose . And binding and loosing have to do with forbidding or permitting. In other words, Jesus is stating that the church will be empowered to continue in the privileged responsibility of leavening the earth with His kingdom power and provision. Just remember this, that as Children of God, you should have enough power to walk into a room where Satan and his demons are trying to enter or control, and they ask you where they need to go as they are running out of the room. See, they cannot stay in the Presence of God. And if God is your Lord and Savior, then the Presence of God is in you. So I will say again, stop giving the powers of hell so much credit. For they have none, but what you give to them.