It would be advantageous for all of us if we could actually see the devil, and know what he is plotting. Well for a lot of folks it wouldn’t matter, they would still cooperate with him. The devil is an outlaw spirit and we can’t see him but God can. If we will listen to our Lord He will direct our lives in victory despite all the antics of the devil. We must always be sober and vigilant because the devil is relentless.
Ephesians 4:26 Be angry and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath (carnality)
27. Neither give place (opportunity—terms) to the devil.
The devil has been around long enough to know our weakness and that is what he targets. Man’s weakness is his unredeemed flesh. Our flesh is not speaking directly at our skin and bones; it’s referring to human emotions and desires. All people have an ego, it’s more prevalent in men than women but we all have some. Human ego is an heartfelt conviction to protect ones self from emotional or physical harm. We continually attempt to put ourselves in the highest level of respect. Sometimes honestly and oft times with a fabrication of the truth. If someone challenges our status we become defensive, and ready to fight to protect things we may not have a right to.
The devil preys on our ego, he knows how to push the right buttons to keep us from walking in the spirit. How do we live in the Spirit? We substitute the Bible for our emotions. We put our ego under the authority of the Word of God who is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. This is not a weakness, it takes a lot of courage to allow Jesus to be Lord of your flesh. We can have but one Lord, if Jesus is our Lord, the devil has no place. He is on the outside looking in, well a peeping tom may be creepy but he can’t hurt you.
1 Peter 5:5 God resists the proud (egotistical) and He gives grace to the humble.
We can’t put our flesh under without His help, and He can’t help us till we ask Him. When we humble ourselves and ask for help to deal with our ego, He gives us His grace. His grace is a supernatural empowerment that changes us from the inside. When Grace has had it’s work God’s word becomes more important than our fleshly desires. If we are no longer controlled by our emotions the devil will struggle to manipulate us.
11 Timothy 1:7 God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, love and a sound mind.
The devil’s number one tactic is to use fear to control our lives. The fear he offers is totally
fabricated, he does not have the authority to do what he threatens to do. He stirs up emotions with lies and if we have an ego we will act to protect ourselves. Inevitably we will be angry with people who had nothing to do with our situation. However, if His grace has had the time to work in us, we do not yield to the temptation to fear. We must use our measure of Grace to subdue all fears, if we permit any fear to operate in us we will give the devil an opportunity. Know your enemy and keep him in a constant state of defeat, give the devil no place, don’t tolerate him for even one minute.
The devil is a thief,
he has come to kill, destroy, and steal.
The devil has a word,
but my Lord has the final Word.
I choose to ignore the devil,
I don’t believe what he says.
I love the Word of my Lord,
He speaks only the truth.
His Name is greater than the thief, so I will be blessed.
YEAR OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
PRAYERS FOR OUR NATION
Protection for: People who are innocently being lured to America with false promises from our leadership. Lord, protect those people especially the children. Protect them and our nation from the flood of drugs, cartels, terrorists, traffickers and all the diseases that now have access to our cities and citizens. Post angels along our southern border. Expose the evil. Praying for our law officials and National Guard on the front lines. Give them protection and wisdom.
We pray in agreement with your Word: Luke 8:17 “Nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light”. Truth cannot be hidden. The truth sets us free. Jesus is the Way, Truth and Light! Give the Righteous leaders boldness, wisdom and strength as they fight on the front lines. Give them every tool they need to carry out your will Father. Every person who is in a place of authority that does not have a legal “God right” to be there will be transformed or removed.
ALL LEGAL MATTERS: We pray for those legally gathering up and exposing the enemy’s lies. Protection for them and their families. All cover-ups and deeds done in darkness against the United States of America will have complete exposure. God’s plans and purpose for America will prevail.