Raise your hand if you are looking forward to the day when Christ shall reign on the earth and Satan will be bound for a very long time (Revelation 20:1-3, D&C 43:31, D&C 45:47-55). (Can you see my hand flying in the air and my body jumping up and down?) I CANNOT WAIT. I'm so done with Satan and his deceitful, sneaky attacks. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with exhaustion in my efforts to be stronger than him and I feel like if I have to say "Get thee hence, Satan" one more time, I just might throw something. (Which would just make him happy because of my loss of patience, so that wouldn't be good either.) Ugh. Satan is just the worst, isn't he?
It is in these moments of despair, exhaustion, and frustration, that I am usually reminded that I don't have to be strong on my own. This is not a "Desirae vs. Satan" battle that I have to fight alone. In 2 Peter 2:8-10 I found an "Ah-ha" moment that has humbled me and given me an added measure of strength to go another 6,000 rounds with Satan (which should get me through the weekend at least...).
"Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
Here's the "Desirae translation" of this scripture: "Why do you think you have to walk alone in this battle? You have the true light of the gospel that can cut through the darkness. But I need you to recognize something...Satan is your brother. You can't say that you are a disciple of Me and hate your brother, even though He does a lot of wicked things. If you let those angry, hateful, frustrating feelings about Satan overwhelm you then you are letting his influence trump My influence. Trust in My light. Love your brothers and sisters, including Satan. As you do this, we can overcome his influence together."
The Savior may not be here on the earth in person at this moment in time, but He has given us a beautiful gift in the Holy Ghost who can light up our paths and dispel the darkness that Satan creates in our lives. Every single person on this earth was born with that spirit, that light of Christ within themselves. When you read the scriptures and feel peace? That's the light of Christ. When you feel good after performing an act of kindness? Also the light of Christ.
But that light can be so much more than just a good feeling. It can be a constant companion that can help you face every thing that Satan throws in your path. It can be a guide to assist you in every decision you need to make. It can be a power to access when you are in the depths of anxiety, sorrow, depression, and despair. It is a beautiful gift that our Savior offers us when we choose to repent, be baptized, and commit to be His disciple.
Hales, R.D., "Out of Darkness into His Marvelous Light", Ensign, May 2002, 70
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