Enemies and Victories

Two edged sword(7)Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
(8)Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
James 4:7-8 (NASB)

Sometimes in our lives it feels like the enemy gets pretty riled up. That is especially true with people who walk closely in fellowship with the Lord. The devil flat doesn’t like it and wants to wreck us up. Gee, isn’t that just too bad if he doesn’t like it. So if he gets riled up, just stomp him or his buddies like the cockroaches that they are. The Word say we are to resist the devil and he will flee from us. We are to stand fast and know that God is fighting for us. So what does that mean?

Once I received a frantic call from someone who told me that the enemy was trying to ruin their meeting. The people were very upset because they sensed a demonic presence. My answer? “So what? Boot him out – he’s not invited!” We carry the Living God within us. No one can stand against Him. We don’t have to be worried, fearful, or tense, because the God Who created the entire universe is OUR DAD, OUR LORD, OUR FRIEND!

It works the same with things we are praying for. If we get tense (and believe me, I can be as tense as anyone – grinding my teeth tense, in fact), then we live in a place of fear and worry instead of faith. And the enemy loves it. He can whisper in our ear all sorts of things when there is fear or anxiety. “You’re not going to make it.” “You’re a failure, nobody wants you around.” “You will lose everything.” “You can’t have THAT, you are not worthy, God won’t answer you.” Yada, yada, yada, blah, blah, blah. So how do you resist all that hogwash?

A pastor friend once told me that when the negative voices get cranked, go make a peanut butter sandwich. (OK, I admit it; I’d rather have chocolate.) The fact is, it works. Resist the devil. Laugh. Sing praises, stand firm on what the Word says, not what nastiness is coming at you. The Word says that the promises of God are “Yea and amen.” That means whatever you pray for in His name is yours.

But, but, but. No buts. You are beloved; you are adopted into the Family of the Living God. You are part of His Body. You are one with the Savior of all mankind. So relax. Open your mouth, let out all the tension, shout to the Lord in triumph, and receive His promises!

(This information is shared by permission from “Whispers of Heaven” by Rosalie Storment and Faye Higbee, copyrighted 2011)

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