Some things about sports that I like are that there are rules and assigned times and places. As much as I love hockey if a bunch of hockey players turned my bedroom into an arena at three in the morning, I would not be very enthusiastic about it. And if a team followed the other team home and harassed them after the game, it would not be tolerated by the league.
Unfortunately, there is no league of self. There are no rules about time and place. There are no provisions for fairness. I’d rather face the toughest team in the world than go up against the King of Kaos, the Twister of Tales, the Slayer of self, that most vicious fighter of all time…me!
Yup. Little old me.
I wasn’t always a servant of the Most High God or even a reputable and credible man. It took some time to get here, and there are battles that go on still today. Many of these fights are spiritual such as victory over temptation or choosing prayer time over play time.
But many are just plain old self-talk battles. Harsh criticisms that call me an idiot or second guess why I did or did not do some things, or perhaps criticizing why I reacted a certain way. There are times in which self-doubt hits before I make a decision or action, but most of my battles have to do with after the fact. Kind of like asking why didn’t you close the barn door after the horses have escaped. I think Evil Andy likes this strategy the best because I can’t go back and alter the past. You see, his number one weapon is guilt.
Now your own version of Evil Andy might use another tactic with equal effectiveness. Self-doubt, feelings of worthlessness, anger, or entitlement are wonderful examples of tricks he can use.
The intent is all the same though. To parallelize the will and prevent positive actions. If you lose this fight, you will be wracked with guilt and regret or you will have not done anything to improve a situation. Your focus will not be on positive solutions but on negative consequences. Your mind is not on Christ, but on self. And the eyes with which you see yourself are not healthy if they only see the bad in you.
Now we all have bad in us so let’s not get caught up in that. Instead, let’s look at how healthy eyes can help us have victory over the Evil Andy’s in our lives.
Evil Andy’s boss is Satan. Satan is not all powerful and all present so he doesn’t usually take an active role in our lives other than to assign demons and unclean spirits to oppress us, possess us (if we are not Christians), or torment us. That’s why Evil Andy is so handy for them. Anything that holds us in the guilt grip is good for them. Anything that makes us think way less of ourselves or way more of ourselves than is healthy is good for them. I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want their live to be easy. In fact, I want them gone.
Now here is the good news.
There is a powerful source of light and love that comes direct from God himself. He is a member of the Holy Trinity, co-equal and co-existing with God the Father and God the Son. He is the Holy Spirit. All three form one God and all three have different roles. One of the roles of the Holy Spirit is to guide us with Godly wisdom. The darkness of Satan’s kingdom wants to keep us hostage to guilt. The Holy Spirit wants to convict us to change for the better. Evil tells us we are hopeless and that we can never change. The Holy Spirit points us to God and says here is hope and here is change.
Evil de-motivates. The Holy Spirit motivates. The Holy Spirit sets us free not to go back into bondage of sin and guilt, but to serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13).
The next time your own Evil Andy wants to pick a fight with you, don’t fight him on his terms. Call on the Holy Spirit to fight for you. My record is dismal, probably 1 win and 1,001 loses. The Holy Spirit is the undefeated Champion of the Universe!
Andy Becker is a retired counselor and author of The Travelers, a fictionalized account of spiritual warfare (available on Amazon) as is, Stupid Thyroid, a book he co-wrote with his wife, Stella. Andy and his wife, Stella, lead Lighthouse Ministry in North Central Regina, one of Canada’s poorest and roughest areas. He is a retired counselor, speaker, and writer. Andy Becker is working on his second book about spiritual warfare. His first book, The Travelers, is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.