I watched two young boys as they played a game known as ‘beat it’ not too long ago. In it, they suggested ideas to one another in turns. While each approved idea earned a point, each unapproved one resulted in the loss of a point, and a denigrating ‘beat it’ response. In the end, the boy with the most ‘beat it’ responses lost the game, and the other won a predetermined gift.
By way of definition, ‘beat it’ means go away, depart, leave, vamoose, retreat, be off, shove off, clear off, and head off among others. It essentially conveys the notion that someone is not welcomed in a particular place or situation. Whereas sensible people would leave straightaway, trouble makers would not. In that case, appropriate steps might have to be taken to dislodge them.
Looking back now, I believe we can play the ‘beat it’ game with Satan as well. Remember that he is always on the move, looking for who to devour (destroy) (1 Peter 5:8)! And one of the ways by which he does this, is to inundate people with his demoralizing suggestions, which often weakens and destroys sooner or later. It is therefore our responsibility to order him to beat it, whenever he comes too close for comfort!
For instance, if he suggests to you that the illness afflicting you at the moment will kill you; tell him to beat it, 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 beat it, since he has no legal right to touch them to start with (Psalm 105:14-15).
Perhaps Satan is rejoicing on the death of your beloved, and now, he is suggesting that it is your turn to die. Just smile, and order him to beat it, because the death of your beloved is not in vain; God is excited about his or her homecoming (Psalm 116:15). Besides, he (Satan) is not competent enough to determine when and how you will die; God is! So, tell him that you will not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord (Psalm 118:17).
Supposing he suggests to you that you will not amount to anything in life, because you do not have the approval of certain god fathers; just tell him to beat it! The fact is, you do not need anybody’s approval to do well in life, since you already have the solid approval of God Almighty (Romans 3:24 (GWT)).
He might even suggest to you that you have no chance of being happy again; please do not accommodate his baseless views! Just order him to beat it, because “weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning (Psalm 30:5). And if he suggests that your needs can never be met, tell him to beat it, because God is on hand to supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
If he suggests to you that you look rather ugly, hence no one will marry you; just order him to beat it, because being ugly is not for you, since God made you fearfully and wonderfully ab-initio (Psalm 139:14). Also tell him that your lovely spouse is on the way (Psalm 84:11).
Friend, as can see, you are well equipped to consign Satan to where he rightfully belongs! But, to start with, you have to equip yourself with the words of God to dislodge him time after time. You must also stand your ground firmly at all times, and ask him to beat it with his unwanted suggestions. I can assure you that before long, he will flee from you (James 4:7), and you will be free to serve the Lord unfettered, laugh your best laugh, dance your best dance, and dream your best dream, in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Ellesmere Port, UK.