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The Devil (as told by Mary Marshall Hardison when she was 4 years old):

 The Devil is tricky and he will steal your joy, but you don’t have to worry because Jesus kicked him out of heaven a long time ago.

Spiritual Warfare boiled down so a 4 year old is informed of the enemy but knows that Jesus is the one to go to fight him off.

 In Ephesians 6, Paul gives only one offensive weapon in his description of the full armor of God.

 It is “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”.

 The devil can not withstand an assault of the Truth, or the name of Jesus.

 My granddaughter does not give the devil a single thought because she has the child’s faith that he may be tricky and he can steal her joy, but Jesus…

 But Jesus.  It all boils down to Jesus.

 In his song “Give Me Jesus”, Fernando Ortega echoes Mary Marshall’s child’s faith:


            In the morning when I rise

            When I am alone

            When I come to die

            GIVE ME JESUS

            You can have all this world just

            GIVE ME JESUS


As adults we have collected spiritual bumps and bruises.

 Lysa TerKuerst identifies us as “the hurting heart, the disappointed soul, the devastated dreamer”.  The ones that say “It’s not supposed to be this way”

 We are on the spiritual battlefield, but as Beth Moore says, “we live our lives not simply according to what we know, but what we really believe”.


 The Breastplate of St. Patrick is a Celtic prayer for protection.  This is my surcey to you today as you leave and enter the battlefield of your life.

 I arise today

Through God’s strength to pilot me:

God’s might to uphold me,

God’s wisdom to guide me.

God’s eye to see before me,

God’s ear to hear me,

God’s word to speak for me,,

God’s hand to guard me,

God’s way to lie before me,

God’s shield to protect me.

God’s host to save me

  against snares of devils,

  against temptations and vices,

  against inclinations of nature,

  against everyone who shall wish me ill,

  afar and anear, alone and in a crowd.

  against every knowledge that corrupts

  man’s body and soul.

 Christ be with me,

Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ on my right,

Christ on my left,

Christ where I lie down,

Christ where I sit down,

Christ where I arise,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

 I arise today

Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity

Through belief in the Threeness,

Through confession of the Oneness

Of the Creator of Creation.

 And may everyone say…”AMEN”.



Susan Disher







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