Sunday, 01 August 2021

M Michele's Musings

Caught in the Devil's Elbow

Driving through Big Lake I passed a sign.  That sign read, “Devil’s Elbow Community, Private, No Outlet, No Turnaround.”   Later I was told that the road into Devil’s Elbow is extremely narrow, curvy and there is almost no room to maneuver except for private drives thus the warning on the sign.  Immediately the wheels of my mind started to shift into high gear.  I began to think about the warnings on the sign and the uncanny similarities to Satan’s work in our lives.  The name of the community and the directives on the sign point to tactics that Satan uses in our lives to leave us hopeless, desperate, distraught, troubled and trapped.


The Devil’s Elbow…

I was reminded of a wrestling match where one wrestler is able to overpower the other catching his head in a vice like grip in the crook of his arm ie, the elbow.  The headlock, as this move is commonly referred to, is a wrestling hold that typically can give a wrestler an advantage over his opponent.  Wrestling coaches teach their students to get their opponents in a headlock early into the match.  Once an opponent is caught in a headlock there is little he can do to break free.   This is where Satan, the enemy of our soul, would like to keep us.  He wants us under his control so that he can lead us as he desires.  Where he can put us down at his will.  Where he can slowly choke the life from our very existence.  He is not a kind nor easy task master and he wants to win the match no matter the cost.  He fights dirty with those that find themselves caught in his trap.



Have you ever noticed that sin is usually done in secret?  It is usually something you want to keep to yourself, private.  You do not want prying eyes watching your activities.  Satan’s work is always done in darkness; hidden, as is mans when he is not following God.  “…men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19b)  Hiding sin was one of the first sins Adam and Eve committed from the moment they ate the forbidden fruit.  They immediately knew they were guilty of transgression and hid from God.  When we sin we want to hide and keep private those things that we do in error whether purposeful or accidental.  Light exposes darkness and Satan.  Jesus is the light.  Satan does not want light raining on his parade of darkness and hidden secrets.   


No Outlet…

Satan wants to keep us in his grip keeping our way barred from escape.  He wants to keep us helpless and hopeless.  He wants to keep us a prisoner of the darkness he brings in our life.  Whether or not we get in his grip and let him rule in our lives is determined by the choices we make.  He tempts us, usually with something that seems good at the time but has a hook that will later become something we cannot escape from.  Thus, we are in a prison of sin with seemingly no way out.             


No Turnaround…

Satan would like us to think that there is no turnaround in life.  He wants us to believe that people, circumstances and situations can’t change.  How many times have we heard the old analogy that a zebra can’t change his stripes or a leopard can’t change his spots when speaking of an individual that we believe is unchangeable?   It is sad that most of us, admit it or not, believe this old analogy though it is ultimately a lie to keep us in a hopeless state.  It is also a lie that keeps us from believing that God can make a change for the better in our life, our loved ones and friend’s lives. 


Freedom through Christ…

I was amazed that with a few choice words the name and description on a community sign fittingly described Satan and his devices in our lives.  Of course, what may be true for this small community does NOT have to be true in our lives!  Though Satan tries to catch us and keep us in his ugly grip of sin and darkness, God sent the ultimate gift to rescue us from the clutches of the enemy.  There truly is freedom from the chokehold of sin.  Sin does not have to rule and reign over us if we give our heart and life to God.  We can escape.  God has made that way of escape through His Son, Jesus Christ. “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2  There is light in the midst of the darkness.  “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."” John 8:12   He can save, set free and deliver. “Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:” Isaiah 59:1  He can reach down into the deep recesses of our being to heal even the darkest secrets we have hidden in our hearts and lives.  “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  Psalms 34:18  There is an outlet from every situation you find yourself in.  With God there is always a way out if we put our trust in His care.   “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13   Through Christ, any person, circumstance or situation can be turned around.  People, circumstances and situations can change.  There can be renewal and restoration.  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28  


Blessings Beyond Measure…

He loves you with an everlasting love.  You are so very special to Him.  God wants to set you free.  He wants to bring wholeness in your life.  He wants to bring joy to your heart and to your step.   He wants to lift the heavy burdens from your shoulders.  Will you let Him?  Will you trust Him?   Will you put your hand in His and walk with Him?


“The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you;

The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”’

                                                      Numbers 6:24-26


  Love in Christ, Michele

Columnist: Michele Abshire


Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at



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