CAN THE DEVIL DEVOUR YOU?

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I Peter 5:8 (NIV) says, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” There are two types of people in this world. Those Satan can devour, and those He can’t. Which one are you? How do you know which category you fall into? Satan is always on the lookout for weak Christians who don’t know who they are in Christ.  He can only devour and prey upon certain people, not everyone.

We always focus in on the verse cited above. However, Peter says in verse 5, “All of you…” and then gives a series of directives.  Next, he makes the statement about Satan’s ability to devour people. That means the devil will devour those who fail to follow all of Peter’s instructions. Therefore, let’s focus on those verses so we can glean insight.  You won’t be devoured if the following words describe you:

  1. Humble – I Peter 5:5 says, “Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Satan will not be able to devour those who remain humble and dependent upon God. The grace He bestows will keep you from being overcome by the evil one.
  2. “Care-Caster” – I Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Those who refuse to operate in self-sufficiency will be able to defeat Satan. When we depend on God to work out our problematic situations, the devil will not be able to get us to engage in “works of the flesh” and leave God out. On the contrary, we are no match for the enemy alone, and the devil will wear us out if we fail to get God involved and try to fight him in our own strength.
  3. Self-controlled – I Peter 5:8 tells us to be self-controlled. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). When we give into temptation and sin, it’s because self-control has gone on vacation. When we lack self-control, we end up getting into situations where we lose the protection of God. We put ourselves in position to be devoured by our adversary.
  4. Alert – I Peter 5:8 also says that we are to be alert if we are to avoid being devoured by Satan. That means that we must know what the Word says and how to use our authority in Christ. We must be aware of the enemy’s tactics and be ready to wield the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, at a moment’s notice. If we are not vigilant and on guard, we will be ambushed and defeated by Satan.

So being devoured by the enemy is matter of choice. If you want to avoid having your life destroyed by the “roaring lion,” stay humble, cast your care on God, practice the fruit of the Spirit of self-control, and stay alert. Satan is no match for you and your Heavenly Father when you make it your business to obey the Word.

 

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“How?” Is a Faith Killer

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One of the most powerful faith killers known to man is the question, “How?” I know for myself, I have a hard time believing at times when I can’t see how something will be done. If I can’t see how the provision is coming, then I get anxious.  When I can’t see how a situation will be worked out, I may worry. I know that might not be your testimony, but I’m just being real. I want to know how, but God doesn’t always see fit to share that with me.

In Luke 1, an angel came and told Mary, mother of Jesus, that she would become pregnant. In verse 34, she asked the angel, “How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?” When the angel explained that the Holy Spirit would be the Father of the child, she probably still couldn’t wrap her head around that concept, but she said, “Be it unto me according to thy word.” She quickly abandoned her focus on “How?” and just believed that the outcome would happen just as the angel said.

Likewise, when God gives us a promise in His Word, we must not focus on how it will be done. We must simply trust and believe that God will do exactly what He says He will do if we follow His instructions to the letter. If we focus on how it will happen, the devil will use that as an avenue to inject doubt into our mind and cause us to slip into unbelief.

The poem below expresses the necessity of taking the word “how” out of your vocabulary in order to keep your faith at an optimal level. Therefore, If you are facing a difficulty today and you want to hold on to your faith, simply trust God to move in your situation, and leave the details of how it will all work out in His capable hands. Don’t let how kill your faith.

“How?” Is a Faith Killer

“How?” is a faith killer of epic proportions;
Satan uses “How?” to create mental distortions.
Don’t focus on “How?” Leave that in God’s hands.
If you want to succeed, just keep His commands.
Stay focused on the promise—the perfect will of the Lord,
Focus only on that which you’ve read in the Word.
Honestly, you don’t even need to know how,
Just do what God tells you, and do it now.
“How?” will cause you to abandon your dreams.
“How?” will make a task bigger than it seems.
“How?” is a question so ordinary,
But it needs to be removed from your vocabulary.
“How” is such a small word with a negative impact,
God always knows how; He has all the facts.
He alone knows the plans that He has for you,
He is never limited by your limited view.
He’s able to do above what you ask or think,
He’ll enable you to swim, He won’t let you sink.
So the next time you’re tempted to ask the “How?” question,
Simply bite your tongue and learn this important lesson:
Don’t let “How?” cause you to be deceived                                                                         I
nto abandoning your faith; just trust and believe,                                                              And your dream will eventually come to fruition                                                                  As you focus on the promise, not your present condition.

 Copyright 2014 by Tracey L. Moore

What are you trusting God to do for you that seems impossible, and you can’t see how it will be done? Express your faith in Him and leave a comment below.

 

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THE BENEFITS OF CALLING ON GOD

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One thing that I love about God is that He is always available. We can call on Him day or night and He’s never too busy. He’s just a prayer away. I may call my friend and get a busy signal. I may call someone else, and he or she may be asleep and refuse to pick up the phone. Not God. He never sleeps, and He never slumbers (Psalm 121:4).

When you call, God’s ear is open to your cry (Psalm 34:15). He said in Psalm 91:15, “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honour him.” That is truly awesome. With God, one call does it all! There are several things that God has promised to do when you call on Him:

He will answer you.  Rest assured that when you call on God, He will never ignore you. When you need to be rescued, He will run to you like Mufasa ran to rescue his lion cub, Symba, in the movie, The Lion King. He will answer with at Word of comfort, wisdom, and instruction. The task at hand is to put yourself in a position to hear Him.

He will manifest His presence to you. When problems arise in  your life, God said in Hebrews 13, He will never leave you or forsake you. You are never alone. God has promised He will be with you in trouble. Be assured, He will make His presence known in some way. You will see His fingerprints in the form of circumstances that have been orchestrated by His mighty hand, or you may simply “feel” His presence in a spiritual sense.

He will deliver you. Whatever you are going through today, God says that if you call on Him, He will bring you out of your difficult situation. You may suffer a little while, but He will not leave you there indefinitely. Hang on! Help is on the way! It’s not over until you triumph and He brings you safely to the other side of your difficulty.

He will honor you. When you go through trying times, know that in the end, God will promote you. He will reward you. All throughout the Bible, we see this pattern. After a severe trial, Joseph was exalted. David was exalted. Job was exalted. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were exalted. Honor normally follows the difficulty of a trial.

If you are in precarious predicament at the present time, know that God has made you some specific promises. Call on Him. Test Him. He will come through for you if you will simply take Him at His Word. Do not attempt to be self-sufficient and work the situation out for yourself. Remember, there are benefits and rewards that are sure to come forth when you call on your God.

HOW TO HANDLE YOUR ENEMIES (Part II)

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In my last post, we looked at I Samuel 24 in order to glean lessons for how to handle our enemies. Saul, the king of Israel, was intent on killing David, his successor. The king went into a cave to relieve himself without realizing that David was hiding in there with his fighting men. Contrary to the advice of his cohorts, David refused to attack and kill Saul when it would have been convenient. Instead, David chose to obey God and handle the situation differently.

Here are a few more lessons about how to handle our enemies that we can take away from the account in I Samuel 24:

  • Respectfully confront the person when God gives you the opportunity. When the time was right, David said to Saul in verse 11, “I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.“ He respectfully informed the king of his wrong behavior. Pray and ask God for the words to say if He prompts you to go to your enemy and tell him how you feel about his behavior.
  • Pray to God earnestly. In verse 15, David implies that he sought God about the situation between him and Saul. He has asked the Lord for deliverance from the king’s onslaughts. We should do the same when it comes to dealing with those who intend to harm us.  Be sure to pray and ask God to intervene on your behalf.
  • Refuse to stoop to the level of your enemy. David told Saul in I Samuel 24:13 (NIV), “From evildoers come evil deeds.”  He basically told Saul, “If I retaliate, I’ll reduce myself to your level.” He refused to do that, and I’m sure that God was pleased with His decision.
  • Let God convict the person of their wrongdoing. In verses 16-17, Saul’s conscience convicts him of his sin, and he repents of his treatment of David. Thus, if you continue to treat your enemy kindly, he may eventually repent of the evil deeds he has committed against you.
  • Do good to your enemy.  In verse 17, Saul acknowledges his ill treatment of David. He states, “Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good whereas I have rewarded thee evil.”  Likewise, we are to treat our enemies well, even when they don’t treat us well.

When it was all said and done, Saul killed himself and David took the throne. Therefore, know that when you follow these guidelines and let God fight your battles, you will obtain deliverance, vindication, and promotion. You must remember that as long as you fight your own battles, God will not fight for you. As long as you are determined to repay your enemy, God will not repay. If you will make up in your mind that from this day forward, you will follow David’s lead when it comes to dealing with your enemies, you will keep them where they belong – under your feet.

What lessons has God taught you about dealing with your enemies? Leave a comment below.

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