Dancing in the Light

I John 1:7 "If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin."

Location: North Platte, Nebraska, United States

I am a christian wife, mother and grandmother. I am a licensed Social worker and a licensed Christian counselor. I am most proud of the relationships I have with God, my family and friends all over the world. I have been blessed beyond my dreams.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Dance of Satan

I imagine that satan is having a rough day today. Monday morning, he thought he was going to have a victory. He had convinced a child of this world that he should unleash a horrible rage of terror on his classmates. He convinced him that he should shame his parents and family by bringing such horrible grief to other parents and families. He convinced this young man that he should take his own life after taking the lives of many others. What delight satan must have felt as he anticipated the pain and sorrow that would rock our nation. I can almost see him smiling and dancing at the very thought that many would blame God for this and some would turn from God because of this one event. I can see him jumping up and down excitedly that now fear would be what students learned at this education facility, they would no longer trust, they would no longer be comfortable and calm, they would now live cautiously and constantly afraid. I can picture the pleasure and excitement on his face, difficult to contain, his feeling of one-upmanship, his joy that this time he would be the winner--------ahhh, but his delight would be short-lived.
Satan has been here before. He doesn't seem to be able to learn that he cannot win. When the earth was so evil that God decided to send a flood, satan must have been dancing then, but God saved eight righteous souls. When Pharoah decided to slaughter all the baby Hebrew boys, satan's feet must have started tapping only to stop when a princess pulled that precious basket from the river. Over and over again, the scriptures paint a picture of what appears to be "near-victory" for the adversary. And over and over again, the Word tells us that God thwarted those plans and triumph was saved for God and His people. The tomb that once held the Hope of the universe is empty!!!! We know that!! Satan cannot overcome, he cannot claim victory, he cannot win.
Monday, as the news broke, Christians fell to their knees all over the world. They rallied round the hurting, offering comfort and consolation, a shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold. Once afraid to pray in public, they held vigils and prayed together, nationally televised. Newscasters who once avoided the mention of spiritual things, now encouraged a nation to pray. Many whose walk with God has been marginal have begun calling on His name. Many who have been "too busy" to pray are now making time to communicate with the Father. We are hurting, we are grieving, we are weeping, but we are also praying. We are not defeated. We believe in a promise-keeping God. We are looking toward the eternal, knowing this horrible event will have no place in the heavenly realm. We have questions but we know we don't have to understand everything to climb up into God's arms and let Him calm and soothe us. We will not be overwhelmed by satan's attempts. He will not dance!!!

Peace and prayers


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen! Great post!
He will not dance!!


8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen, prayer was our first response. Satan will not be dancing.


9:06 AM  
Blogger Bob Bliss said...

Neva, yes Satan does delight in taking us down to the muck with him. But thanks be to God who has rescued us in Jesus.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Liz Moore said...

Amen! Praise God that the victory is won!

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

amen, that was worth the wait.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Great post, Neva.

I've always believed that our response to events such as this help determine what people remember most. In other words, the tragic deed will not soon be forgotten, especially by the parents/loved ones of the shooter and victims; but, Christian outpouring of prayer and service to the hurting can help them draw closer to God and allow him to become their source of strength, rather than their scapegoat.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Amen! Beautifully said, Neva, just plain beautiful!

I am so thankful to our God and LORD that VT is a campus on which open declaration of the LORD's name, open supplication to Him can be made. I see these young faces crying, instead of smiling; grieving, instead of laughing - and it is with praise to Him that I know they are able to openly seek Him and His comfort, as they hug one another and mourn together.

May God in His infinite gentle mercies bring healing to them. May this horror bring strength and boldness to them as they walk with Him the rest of their lives.

Thank You, LORD, for stopping the dance of the evil one. And may the day of his total destruction come quickly!

MARANATHA, LORD Jesus, Come quickly!

4:28 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Household: said...

You're right.

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow--powerful post. You are so right. Satan should not dance. Our actions should be enough to take the music out of his step and wipe the smirk right off his face.

Good job, Neva

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Brian,
Worth the wait


5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Neva
This is the best post I have read on the VT massacre--You make it clear that there is more at stake here than one gunmen and thirtyone victims--it is spiritual warfare and we dare not let satan win.
I echo Dan, "he will not dance"
wonderful post!!!

6:32 PM  
Blogger Bobby Cohoon said...

Great Post! And, No He will not dance!


7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah--if he can't "walk in the light" he can't dance either---Right



8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We cannot take the devil out of this horrific incident. I like your thoughts about how we have spoiled his happy dance.


9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always appreciate your thoughts. The country grieves and we have an opportunity to heal with the message.


9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen, the devil will not win. God is already the victor

Good thoughts today


10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard you are speaking at a ladies retreat for Canadian in June. Is that true? I really want to come. Email me with the details.
And I liked this post today.

10:24 PM  
Blogger jel said...

flyby hugging

8:01 AM  
Anonymous lisa leichner said...

Neva, I wasn't able to think of anything to say yesterday more than Excellent Post. This really was just fabulous. I love your writing and your heart and your insight. I love to think about all the students I have hugged in the last couple of days, how they are seeking Christ's comfort right now, how they will NOT let Satan dance!!

3:59 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

My favorite was the father of the young girl who was killed. He had already forgiven the shooter. That had to really be a low blow to Satan. When I heard him speak, he lifted my spirits, and he was the one who lost a daughter.
God is Good!
Wonderful post, Neva

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow that was so will put neva ty
ty for the grieving book you sent me it has helped me so
Love you aunt wilma

10:10 AM  

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