There was a scene in this movie that (for me) exemplified what happens when we succumb to Satan’s treachery and relentless pursuit of our failure. He is God’s rival but not God’s equal. Our omnipotent God far surpasses Satan in power and the enemy doesn't have God’s omniscience or His omnipresence. God is eternal while Satan has both a beginning (see Ezekiel 28:13) and an end (see Revelation 20:10). God’s responsibilities are universal while Satan’s are quite specific in scope. Satan’s work is lying, stealing, killing and destroying, while God’s work is reconciliation, redemption, hope, and love.
Now back to that scene from Friday. There was a scene where the neighborhood bully, Deebo, was being visited at his home by Red, a friend of Craig and Smokey. Red came to Deebo concerning the return of his bike which Deebo had “borrowed” for quite some time. Red made the following statements, “Pop’s trippin,’ man. He want me to ask for my bike back; you know I wouldn't trip…It’s like it’s both of ours; it’ll just be down at my house.”
Shortly after this statement, Deebo knocked poor Red out with one big punch. But before knocking him out, he lulled Red into a false sense of security, which made the surprise attack that much more devastating. Red’s father was there to witness this exchange, but wasn't much help as he was just as afraid of Deebo as his son. So all the father could do was collect his son and make a hasty exit – without the “borrowed” bike.
Spiritually, we often set ourselves up to be “Deboo-ed” by Satan and his legion by following the same patterns that Red followed. So let’s learn from Red’s mistakes.
- Don’t reason with the enemy as if he’s your friend. You can’t make peace with the enemy of your soul. There is no negotiating with a spirit whose single intent is to secure your demise. Make a stark contrast between who he is and whose you are. Blurring the lines only confuses you and weakens your spiritual potency. Let your eye be single, and don’t forget that Satan is the enemy who at no time can be reasoned with or given the benefit of the doubt.
- Make your intentions clear. When he confronted his enemy, Red did not clearly state what he was there to achieve, so the power that was in his tongue was betrayed by the conflict in his heart which was driven by his fear. Red was afraid of Deebo. Fear plays into the enemy’s hand because fear dulls your awareness of his approach and attacks.
- Don’t compromise. Red was willing to say that his bike belonged to Deebo even though it did not. Are we sharing our authority and possessions with the enemy? If so, we’ve yielded them; Satan did not take them. Circumstances may befall us but the faith and power we have in Christ cannot be bound! We are defeated when we refuse to fight or we undermine the effectiveness of our weapons.
- Bring your heavenly Father. No offense to Red Sr., but we have a heavenly Father that can’t be punked, even when we ourselves are feeling overwhelmed by the enemy.
- Submit and resist. If we submit to God’s will and accept his way, then we can resist Satan and he must flee. That is a promise from God’s word in James 4. Submission is yielding to how God chooses to deal with the enemy. When you fight in your own strength, you look like Red trying to fight Deebo -- and that did not go well! God says submit and resist (which is a spiritual principle). We’re not to depend upon our physical strength or stature. We must trust that God will go before us as we obey His word, so that it’s God versus our spiritual Deebo and not we ourselves.
Onward to victory!