“Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan…” (Matthew 4:10).
I watched two boys playing a game they called ‘go away’ some time ago. In it, each boy suggested ideas to the other in turns. While each accepted idea earned a point, every unaccepted one, resulted in the loss of a point plus a denigrating ‘go away’ response, said rather loudly. In the end, the boy with the most ‘go away’ answers lost the game, and the other won a predetermined gift.
By the way, go away means depart, leave, vamoose, retreat, be off, shove off, clear off, beat it, head off, etc. It conveys the notion that someone is unwelcomed in a particular place or situation. Whereas sensible people would leave straight away, troublemakers would not. In that case, they might have to go by force.
Looking back now, I believe we can also play the ‘go away’ game with Satan. Remember, he is a troublemaker, and always on the move, looking for who he may devour (consume) (1 Peter 5:8). One of the ways he does this is to overwhelm people with crippling suggestions, which could weaken or destroy them. Therefore, it is our responsibility to command him to go away when he is too close for comfort.
For instance, if he says the illness you are fighting would kill you, tell him to go away, for you were healed by the stripes of Jesus Christ a long time ago (1 Peter 2:24). And if he touches any member of your family, tell him to go away because he has no right to do so (Psalm 105:14-15).
Perhaps Satan says you will die because several people are dying around you these days. Tell him you will not die but live to declare the works of the Lord (Psalm 118:17). And if he suggests that you will not succeed, since you don’t have the approval of certain godfathers. Tell him to go away, because you do not need such approval, for you have God’s already (Romans 3:24 (GW)).
He might even hint that you cannot be happy again for some reason; please reject his baseless view. Command him to go away, because weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning (Psalm 30:5). Suppose he indicates that your needs will go unmet, tell him to go away because God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). ETC.
You are well equipped to send Satan to where he belongs! But you need to fortify yourself with God’s words and apply them to deal with him (Hebrews 4:12). Resist him, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). Then, you will have the liberty to smoothly serve the Lord, laugh your best laugh, dance your best dance, and dream your best dream, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker.