As people of faith we know how to do warfare with the devil when he comes around. It seems like he is always coming around trying to put some hell in our lives. But have you ever considered a preemptive strike? What if we turned the tables on him and we start the battle?
Proverbs 4:22 God’s Words are life unto them that find them, and is medicine to all their flesh.
Now we know that medicine will help in a time of sickness, but medicine can be taken to prevent sickness. My mother spent twelve years in a nursing home dealing with Alzheimer‘s. She had absolutely no memory, she could not even tell you her name. But her body was in good health and I asked the caregivers why that was. Finally they told me they were giving her supplements and asked me if they wanted me to withhold them, I said yes. In about three months my mom peacefully left her worn out body and went on to Heaven with the rest of the family. Medicine was keeping my mother in good physical health just as God‘s Word will maintain our health.
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against you will prosper.
Do you know why God made this statement? God created the devil who began as an angel, so He obligates Himself to protect His people from His creation. Now if we won’t listen to Him then He cannot help us, so we must commit to obey Him so He can help us. If you tell a tourist to stay clear of a buffalo in Yellowstone and they ignore you, they have only themselves to blame. God tells us in His Word, give the devil no place, do not give the devil an opportunity to sift you as wheat. The devil is out for us but we don’t have to give him more occasions to do his business.
Mark 16:17 These signs shall follow those who believe; in My Name they will cast out devils.
Judge ye, what is better; standing firm and dealing with all the antics of the devil or casting him out? I hear people say, “every day when I wake up the devil is standing there waiting for me”. Why do you let him stand in your presence? Why do you give him such a place? I think that in a lot of cases we get so accustomed to peace we ignore the beginning of an intrusion. We must never forget that peace is the reward that comes from warfare. Israel loves to live in peace but they had to fight for every minute of it. If the devil had his way, none of us would enjoy even a minute of peace.
John 10:10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that you might have life, and have it is abundance, to the full, until it overflows.
We know the devil’s mission statement and we know Christ’s mission statement, it’s up to us to choose which one we want. Either way you will receive faith, we use our faith to cast off the devil and we use faith to have the abundant life Jesus said He would give us. Don’t wait for the devil to rob from you, tell him what he cannot do to you before he tries to do anything. Thank God for the blessings of the abundant life even before you collect on them. Stay a step ahead always