The Hatfields and the McCoys were two families involved in the most infamous family feud in American history. They carried on a thirteen year feud that resulted in the death of twelve people. One of the central figures in these hostilities was Devil Anse Hatfield.
I wonder why so many people showed up for his funeral. Devil had played a role in disturbing the peace of the whole community in the name of protecting his family and property. Perhaps people were curious or fearful.
As Christians, we also are involved in a family feud. It began long ago when Lucifer, also known as the devil, was banished from heaven. No longer family, he became God's enemy. As members of God's family, we are now his enemies and will be until Christ's return. He comes after us and we must fight, whether it's in our nature or not.
“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.” Ephesians 3:11 (NIV)Thankfully, God has equipped us well for this fight. We don't need fists, knives, or guns like the Hatfields and McCoys. We have the armor of God to help us withstand the devil and protect ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ. With this armor, instead of disrupting peace, we “pursue peace with all people” (Hebrews 12:14, NIV).
And in the last days we'll all get to witness the funeral of another named devil. Only this time there will be no curiosity or fear, only overwhelming joy that our family won the war.
Be sure you're on the winning side.
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Marietta Taylor is an author and speaker. She is the author of Surviving Unemployment:Devotions to Go and a contributing author to Penned From The Heart Vol XV. Visit her at www.mariettataylor.net or or Mari's Morning Room.
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