When I hear about playing cards, two things come to my mind. You might be offended by the second one but don’t be, I mean no harm. LOL. The first thing that comes to mind is gambling, any kind of gambling; a casino setting, a group of people betting over something; just gambling in general. The second thing that comes to mind is the popular name given to guys who date multiple ladies at once or successively- “players”, or “yoruba demons”, as they are more callously called. I hope you were not offended at that, and if you’re reading this, I rebuke every demon ways in you, in Jesus name. LOL!
My two descriptions above, though comical, show that people do play cards but they are not left out in the game. The devil, in fact, plays cards on humans, especially children of God. And let me warn you, he is pretty good at his game and that’s because he’s been playing it for a long time, longer than you could ever imagine. Before I go on, however, most of my points and conclusions will be based on the Bible, because where better else to go to know about the devil, than the word of him (God) who knows him (the devil) the longest? And we all believe that the word of God is truth, right? Good!
So how do I know that the devil play cards too? The bible makes us understand in John 10:10a that “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy”. This mission of the devil is a process. He doesn’t achieve it at once. I don’t play cards, but I know it takes a process to play and win a game of cards. Also, how do I know that the devil has been playing the game for a long time? Well, he played the cards on Eve, the very first woman. (Gen. 3:1-4). He also played them on Jesus, the savior of the world. (Math. 4:3). What effrontery, yeah? Guess what? He’s going to play them on you, that’s if he hasn’t started already because the Bible says in 1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking whom to devour”.
Now that I’ve established from the Bible, that the devil does play cards, I want focus on 3 of the most common cards he plays; guilt, fear and depression. He might not have played it on Eve or on Jesus, but he’s using it rampantly today. The interesting thing is thatplaying these ‘cards’ are, as I stated earlier, a process, but if the preceding one is not well taken care of, he goes on to the next one almost immediately. The principal method by which the devil uses to play these cards on us is through our thoughts.
One shocking realization I have come to understand is that the devil speaks to people in the first-person pronoun.
So, the result is this, anytime you think something negative about yourself, it’s really not you, it’s the devil speaking through your thoughts. Yes! The other day you looked into the mirror and told yourself you weren’t beautiful and ugly girls can’t go far in life; Nah, that wasn’t you! The devil was just using negative experiences to establish that lie in your heart and that’s what he does most of the time. What do we expect? He’s the father of lies (John 8:44).
Now, because I like bringing things into context, let’s take an imaginative walk with this story, I guess it’s popular. You are stealing a sum of money from your dad’s pocket. Suddenly, your (this is crazy but let’s imagine still) nosy neighbor comes in, catches you stealing the money, and threatens to report to your dad. As expected, you beg for mercy and the other party begins to blackmail you to probably do stuff that you normally won’t do. Now, you feel guilty for stealing the money, because it was probably very important to your dad, you’re scared your dad would find out, most likely from your nosy neighbor, and because you’re probably stressed out from these cycle of unhealthy thoughts, you fall into depression. That’s exactly how the devil plays his cards.
He brings the images of your sin to you and makes you feel guilty about it, makes you feel like a bad person; like God won’t forgive you. At this point, you are wired to believe that God is mad at you, so you’re afraid to go back to him for mercy, and all these cycles of thoughts, over and over, makes you depressed. The devil, being who he is, is happy about the point he has gotten to in your life.
Worse still, he has the capacity of doing further damage but before we go there, let’s pause for a second and let me remind you that you don’t have to allow the devil play these cards on you. I used the word “allow” because you have the power to stop him from playing on you through your thoughts.
Just as winning a gambling game involves cheating on other people, (just as being a “Yoruba demon” involves cheating on different ladies, 😉😊), the devil is, in the same vein, cheating you of the wonderful blessings you have in Christ. He’s playing on your ignorance of the word.
Going back to the story up there, your dad actually knows you took the money, but he has forgiven you and loves you still. All he’s waiting for is for you ask for his mercy, and believe me, that’s it. You would have the boldness to face your nosy neighbor and combat him/her with the words of love and affirmation that your father has spoken to you.
See, when God looks at you, he doesn’t see your flaws or your sins, God sees Jesus in you because you carry Jesus’ glory as a child of God. (Col. 1:27).
Tell that to the devil when next he comes. Confront him with the fact that there is therefore now, no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit. (Rom. 8:1). Finally, remind him of the fact that God has delivered you from the domain of darkness and transferred you to the kingdom of his beloved Son (Col. 1:13).
There is a reason the word of God is called the sword of the spirit (Eph. 6:17). Maximize your sword to its limit (which is infinity, by the way). The devil literally has zero power over you and your thought process except you allow him. There are different other ways he can play these cards on you. He can make you afraid of the future or scare you off fulfilling your dreams. Whatever avenue he decides to come through, let your sword be prepared for battle.
Would you try that next time? Or even now? I’ll be glad and I’m sure God will be too.
Till next time!
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