Tell The Devil Nuts! by Dr. Naima Johnston Bush, Founder of the Refreshing Life with Naima
*This post originally appeared in the Naima Newsletter and original blog in June of 2015.
Here’s a tidbit that most people don’t know about me. I love watching war movies, as a matter of fact one of my favorite movies of all time is, When We Were Soldiers. I can watch that movie over and over again. Recently, I got a chance to watch, Band of Brother’s Series on HBO, a WWII docudrama that focuses on the experiences of the paratroopers who landed behind enemy lines during the invasion of Normandy. My favorite part comes near the end when the 101st division is surrounded by the Germans at the town of Bastogne in Belgium. Dealing with a brutal winter, a lack of supplies and an overall weariness, the division Commander is issued a demand to honorably surrender by his enemy. General McAuliffe who was in charge at that time responded to the German commander one word, “NUTS!”
Despite the opposition, the appearance of defeat, the lack of resources, General McAuliffe told his greatest enemy in no uncertain terms, “You sir, are crazy, I will not stand down.” Shortly after McAuliffe wrote that one word in faith, the 101st was resupplied and joined by a fresh division and were instrumental in bringing to end one of the most horrid and brutal events in world history. It was almost as if his very defiance changed the atmosphere and shifted the war in the favor of right.
What I’m learning is that as Christians we need to take the same approach. We need to look the devil in the eye, and let him know that the Creator of Heaven and Earth is on our side and we will not back down. We need to remember that no matter what it looks like or feels like, God has a greater plan that He is working out on our behalf. Fresh supplies and reinforcements are on the way! By faith we have to take a step towards victory declaring that we know by faith it is right around the corner!
When things go wrong, I’m going to start to yell, “NUTS!” It is going to be my war cry that I will not be defeated, but rather that I trust the perfect plan of God. If you are struggling, sick, can’t seem to find your way, if you are in need, if you’ve been fighting and you are tired, yell, “NUTS!” Then start to praise the Lord! Use the word to declare that the very thought of you being on the losing side is crazy because the Lord of all is sending fresh supplies, angelic and human reinforcements to hold you up. We will not surrender, even when it is the darkest night! God has declared the time of victory is now, NUTS to anyone or anything standing in your way!