Scorpions. Who actually likes these horrifying creatures? They are monstrous little pincher-bearing, tail –stinging beasts that make you want to burn your house down. Never mind that the scorpions native to Alabama are generally about 1-2 inches long. It’s 1-2 inches too long.
Enter my 16-year-old daughter, Peyton, into this discussion. Today, as she sat completing school work in the safety and comfort of her bedroom, she noticed something fall from the ceiling to the floor, and for one brief second, she wondered what it could’ve been. (She told me she actually thought it was a leaf in that brief second…..because we’re growing trees in our house???)
Now, I wasn’t here to witness this event. But as Peyton tells it, she leaned towards it. And it started moving. Recognizing it as a scorpion, she began screaming bloody murder, grabbed the closest tennis shoe and proceeded to beat it to death, yelling the words, “DIE! DIE, YOU STUPID SCORPION!” Wouldn’t you know she actually left it for me to see as evidence rather than picking it up and disposing of it. But whatever.
The sting of the scorpion could’ve produced much pain. But she had the victory over it in standing firm against it and declaring it gone.
Satan reminds me of that little scorpion. He comes in, unseen, moving around without notice. He drops in, unannounced, at the most random times and disguises himself as something that we might want to get a closer look at or notice. And then, BAM. He’s stung us, and we’re caught in some web of sin. But thanks to God, we can have victory over that.
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. –1 Corinthians 15:56-57
We can let go of the sin and temptation when we do it through Jesus Christ. He stands against satan on our behalf when we give it Him and let the victory be THROUGH Him. Forgive me for sounding irreverent, but He’s the giant tennis shoe that stomps out that nasty devil as he crawls towards us! He is our Savior!
How about you, dear friends? Has there been a time where you’ve seen victory through Jesus as he stomped out a sin or sinful desire that needed to be gone? Share how you feel led on Iron Porch!