The Devil and My Dachshund

Weighing 18 pounds and with legs measuring just shy of four inches, C, my sweet-natured Standard Dachshund, seldom worries those passing us as we trot throughout the neighborhood. She has however, frightened a slew of delivery personnel. I cannot say that I blame them. After all, X-ray vision goggles are not handed out with those snazzy brown uniforms so they cannot possibly know that the ferocious barking beast on the other side of the door would immediately roll on her back the moment they entered. Her only enemies being squirrels and cats, C is harmless to humans. She’s not to be feared.

While Satan is neither sweet or harmless, for believers in Christ, the evil one also is not to be feared. We were commanded not to be afraid and that included anything and anyone, which covers Satan. His growl is fierce, but he’s been defeated. The same nails that held our Lord to a cross for several hours have imprisoned the devil to an eternity in hell. To keep the dog analogy, he’s been neutered.

And that act has deepened the evil one’s hate for those who follow Christ. Knowing his fate has been sealed he’s resigned to a fight. Spewing darts and slinging mud, he comes at us with everything he’s got. But you know what I have learned? The only power he has over me is the power I give him.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.†Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

Just as his end has been determined, so has my new beginning. The blood of Christ that condemned the Devil has freed me. I’m on the winning team. Satan cannot possess my soul. He cannot make me do things against my will. The only thing he can do is lie. And if I fall for those lies, he scores some points. But if I call him on those lies, he leaves tail between his legs. Sure, he’ll be back, but I’ll be ready.

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.†I Peter 5:8 (NIV).

I once viewed this verse as a “look over your shoulder or the devil’s gonna getcha†type of warning. But I don’t think that’s what it means. Peter doesn’t tell us to be scared and hide. He tells us to be self-controlled and alert. Prepared to fight. Why? So we can recognize the enemy and his schemes. So that the next time the devil whispers lies to our hearts we can lift up our heads, square our jaws, stomp our feet and say, “Oh no you don’t buddy. You’re the loser. And I’ve got that in writing.â€

(The Lord has put this on my heart to share with you today. Next week, I will continue the Armor of God series and discuss what it means to live with peace.)

13 Responses to The Devil and My Dachshund
  1. Sarah
    June 18, 2008 | 11:18 am

    Great Post, Angela! You’re right, the only power satan has is the lie, and as believer we have the freedom to walk away and believe Truth. We are not under his control or authority, but Christ’s! What an awesome reminder!

    And the Dachshund, I’ve got one too, totally relate 🙂

  2. Jaime
    June 18, 2008 | 12:58 pm

    It’s not a power struggle, just a truth struggle. Good post.

  3. Natalie Witcher
    June 18, 2008 | 1:02 pm

    Yep, he’s got nothing on us! We WIN!!!

  4. Kelly
    June 18, 2008 | 1:47 pm

    Wow! Really great analogy. I just love reading your posts. Thanks Ang! Love, Couz Kel

  5. father Peter
    June 18, 2008 | 1:50 pm

    “The only power he has over me is the power I give him”, how right you are Angela and expressed simply and in a way far more to the point than most sermons I have heard.

    To use your dog analogy, Satan has power to influence people but he can only go to the end of his chain. We know what is at the end of time, and so does he;

    Matthew C25v41 Then he will say to those on his left, `Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels’.

  6. Shera
    June 18, 2008 | 2:01 pm

    Angela, Thank you once again for reminding us to keep Satan in his place! Not to give him more credit than he has due him.

  7. Genny
    June 18, 2008 | 2:36 pm

    That verse from Romans is one of my favorites!

  8. Julie Todd
    June 18, 2008 | 5:24 pm

    Couldn’t agree with you more… Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.
    Satan’s power is diminished. He has not power. The victory is won. He is defeated….he prowls around trying to scare us…but we have the Lion of Judah on our side.

    Thanks for sharing your heart.


  9. Donna Kay
    June 19, 2008 | 8:06 am

    Great post Angela! I love the dog analogy and the person above who commented that Satan can only go to the end of his chain. You have a wonderful gift of connecting with people and sharing God’s wonderful words. Thank you for all you do for me personally in my walk with Him.

  10. Adventures In Babywearing
    June 19, 2008 | 8:33 am

    For this very reason, this is why what we speak outloud in our words is important that we never give Satan ANY power over us. He can’t have it! And I have to laugh- because I grew up with dachshunds – my parents always have at least one or two of them. Oh too funny.


  11. Sheila
    June 19, 2008 | 6:40 pm

    “The only power he has over me is the power I give him.” AMEN! It’s easy to forget and be deceived by his sneaky lies!

    Thanks for the reminder. I remember a pastor a church I went to in Oregon referencing Isaiah 14:16-17 which says, “Those who see you will gaze at you, And consider you, saying: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, Who shook kingdoms, 17 Who made the world as a wilderness And destroyed its cities, Who did not open the house of his prisoners?'” (speaking of Lucifer in context), saying when we see the devil from our position in heaven one day we’ll be like, “Is this little, puny, pathetic thing what tripped us up the whole time!?” We give him too much credit now, he’s defeated, we just need to remember that and walk in it by faith!

    Bless you

  12. Peggy
    June 20, 2008 | 5:52 pm

    Angela…looking forward to your continuation of The Armor of God and although that was not the reason I came here…The Devil and My Dachshund caught my attention:1) because of my love for dogs, loss over a decade ago my precious dachshund “Champion” 2) for I know the battle against the enemy Satan, for which we need that ARMOR and 3:) You came to visit my post on Thankful Thursday and I couldn’t find you on the list and in your blog, I didn’t notice any Thankful Thursday…though I’m going back to read more cuz I just love everything…and copied your button and checking out your Mission Tour…but BACK to THIS POST…HOW I AGREE with ALL…and I’m so glad that the LIAR has been
    NEUTERED (how I laughed and rejoiced)! Thank you for your creative style and sharing these SCRIPTURES to remind me and alert me with the strategy of he that lurks in the darkness or comes in disguise as an angel of light…that I shall stand on MY ROCK and
    Thank JESUS with the FULL ARMOR that He’s provided me! This was a stepping stone in your series on Armor…cuz it’s definitely part of it and the Lord led you & wisely you obeyed and wrote with Godly inspiration! Thank you for your sweet little encouragement which led me to meet you and learn more. Back to your blog and NAZ??? Be blessed

  13. LauraLee Shaw
    June 20, 2008 | 11:49 pm

    Powerful post! I was hanging on every word and needed to hear the message God laid on your heart to share!