Everyone handles entertainment differently; many cheer their interests while others boo their opposition. There are a select few that take the extra step to insult, hiss, call you ugly and make fun of your mother all in the hopes of seeing you fail. That’s a heckler. And that’s the personality of Satan.
Often times in life when I’m faced with negative energy or critical words from others, I find myself slipping into harmful disbelief and self doubt. Foolishly taking other’s poison to heart, I can sink into a defensive or depressive state. But lies of destruction are meaningless to a victorious child of God.
When I think about sports champions or comedic geniuses, I know they must’ve experienced trash-talking hecklers at some point in their careers. But so confident in their own ability, they don’t even blink and appear unaffected. Focused on their mission, nothing has the power to stand in a winner’s way; it’s all a blend of background noise. And since our God is the greatest, with awesome power in His mighty hand, we too can have the confidence to focus solely on Jesus and relegate Satan to a noisy distraction. The words may sting or the journey grow long and weary, but victory is already in-hand by the blood of Jesus. And Satan as a heckler has to go home with an inevitable loss.
Scripture Reference: Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” Matthew 4:1-11 NIV