The devious Wile E. Coyote never gave up. He chased the Road Runner, trying every conceivable technique... He tried dropping a huge anvil... He tried strapping himself to a rocket... He tried jet-powered roller skates... Armed with a giant magnet, Mr. Coyote tried to entice the Road Runner into eating iron birdseed. That didn’t work. Nothing ever worked.
If Wile E. Coyote is like the Devil, I want to be like the Road Runner.
Satan’s favorite technique is doubt. He wants us to doubt God’s faithfulness. He wants us to doubt the truth of God’s Word. He wants us to doubt our salvation.
When a child is saved, I have often encouraged them to write a note in the front cover of their Bible saying, “On this date, at this place, under these circumstances, I trusted Jesus as my Savior.” I warn the child that the Devil will attempt to create doubt about their salvation and suggest that their written testimony can help defeat the enemy’s attack.
It’s not just kids. It’s me and you. The enemy will entice you to doubt. When he does, be ready.
“We are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39, ESV).
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one” (John 10:27-30, ESV).
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24, ESV).
“I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day” (2 Timothy 1:12, NKJV).
The devil, like Wile E. Coyote, wants to drag us down and cause doubt and confusion.
Satan did his best to drag King David down. Indeed, David was far from perfect. But in his old age he could still sing, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want... Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Psalm 23:1-6, ESV).
Remember it ... memorize it ... sing it ... quote the Word to yourself and to your enemy.
South Georgia Baptist Church
Mike Martin, Pastor