As the politicians like to say, let me be clear about this: The devil will try every man whether he be a saint or a sinner. There are only two times when the devil will try you, when you do something wrong and when you do something right. There is no neutral place for anyone to hang out, if you’re in this world you are in the company of its evil father.
James 4:7 Submit yourself to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Many Christians, in their ignorance, assist the devil, they do not resist him.
Proverbs 6:2 You are snared with the words of your mouth, you are taken with the words of your mouth.
Most Christians are not aware of the damage their words do to their lives. We have learned so many “cute” clichés that everyone uses and we have no idea we are having what we say. I did not know I was speaking in agreement with the devil whenever I spoke. Just because everyone else does it, it doesn’t mean we should do it. “I’m sick of this” or “I’m sick and tired”. These clichés are so common, but I was having what I was saying, I was being snared with the word from my own mouth. I was assisting the devil, not resisting him. I was no threat to the devil, I was a pushover.
Acts 20:32 Now brethren, I commend you to God, and the Word of His grace, which is able to build you up.
Only God can build you up with His Word, not man, He uses men but He is the power. We all need to be built up on account of the days ahead of us. I often think many Christians have no concept of the importance of God’s Word. In the days we’re in, our faith has become a question of life and death. Faith created the devil, faith will control him. Got faith? The devil hates a person who knows where they stand with God, he can’t seem to be able to do anything with them. They are a problem for him, his greatest prize is the pushover.
Mathew 7:24-25 Whosoever hears my Words and does them is like a wise man who built his house on a rock. Everyone that hears My sayings and does them not is like a man which builds his house upon the sand.
So, we have two different people who hear the same word, one does it and one does it not. Both have the same opportunity, one takes advantage and one doesn’t care. The diligent person gives God the glory for his victory, the one who falls blames God for his failure. We really can’t blame the devil for our problems, the Word reveals our authority and teaches us how to put him out. Christians need to be as serious about the Word as the sports and hobbies they participate in. These two people in this text experience the same storm, one is not even fazed but the other one is destroyed. People who build their house on sand must continually rebuild, some never learn, they continue to build on the same location and with the same material.
February 9, 2020
Father, I am a tither, I know all the tithe belongs to You.
I know now that if I will obey You, You will open the windows of heaven and You will pour out my blessing.
I will be able to sow seed and You will rebuke the seedeater.
I thank You for revealing this to me. You take pleasure in my prosperity. I take pleasure in Your presence.
January is a month of fresh starts. It brings a “Do Over” mind set. Our commitment level is high. But by February we can already begin to lose momentum. Some areas we may have purposed to challenge ourselves are waning or we are stuck in the “planning” stage.
Strengthening our bodies
(To name a few)
The good news is we don’t have to do this all by ourselves. God says where two or more are in agreement. This month we purpose to pray for one another that we will faint not.
God is the one who began this good work in you, and He will complete it.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for we will reap the harvest if we don’t give up.