When you are committed to the life of the believer, the devil put a contract out on you. You may be the nicest person in the whole world and you bless everyone, well the devil is not impressed. He targets “nice” people, he hates the righteous because it means you drew close to God. The devil is the original “spirit of division”, there is no telling how many divorces he’s instigated. The devil has no favorites, he even went after the Son of God.
Luke 18:31, 34 Jesus spoke to His twelve disciples and told them how He would be scourged and put to death. And they understood not.
I have studied this Scripture thoroughly and from other translations I got a clear picture of this event. Jesus was telling His disciples what He was headed for based on what the prophets foretold. He was not being a “drama queen”, He was not looking for sympathy, He wanted His boys to know what was coming. The disciples didn’t understand because they didn’t understand prophecy. They didn’t fully grasp the words of Christ until after He died and the Holy Ghost came upon them. We should never “fall apart” when the devil comes to try our faith, he should never catch us off guard. Nor should we be shocked over what that killer is willing to do. He has no regard for human life, he couldn’t care less about who you are or what good things you have done.
Hebrews 12:2 Look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; Who for the JOY that was set before Him endured the cross.
How could Jesus count it a joy to be tortured on the cross? Because He knew how it would all turn out. Yes, He would suffer a terrible death and then spend three days in hell and in torment. But then He would be raised from the dead and lead all those people in Abraham’s bosom to heaven and present them to His Father. Mission accomplished. Now concerning our own life and trials, we have a tendency to make a big deal out of something that is not a big deal to begin with. Remember what Peter said: think it not strange the fiery trial that is to try you!
John 16:33 In the world you will have tribulation (pressure-affliction-persecution-trouble) but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (for you).
No matter what the devil throws at you, Jesus has already given you the victory over it. Every plot and plan of the devil is doomed to failure if we put our trust in our Lord Jesus. The devil is looking for the Christian who relies on their flesh for deliverance, they’re an easy mark. You do not wait for the devil to come knock on your door and then figure out how to deal with him. You prepare for the day he comes and he will surely come. This is not a “bad confession”, it is the life of a believer, we love God and the devil hates us. I don’t think most Christians ever know why they have so many problems. They have little or no spiritual discernment, they think “men” are their problem and so they fight the wrong battle.
Jesus Redeemed me from the curse, no poverty, no lack in my house.
Wealth and riches in my home, the devil is rebuked for my sake.
Father daily loads me with benefits, He takes pleasure in my increase.
I love being redeemed,
and I give my Lord all the glory.
We are about to embark on the greatest adventure and outpouring of God’s Spirit! This month the Holy Spirit is asking us to examine ourselves/take inventory so as God’s Vessels we can take our part and place in the Body of Christ!
Scriptures to meditate on:
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Psalm 26:4 Lord you can scrutinize me. Refine my heart and probe my every thought. Put me to the test and you will find it is true.
2 Cor 10:6 It is written, and having a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
1 Peter 4:17 For judgement begins at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Psalm 139: 23, 24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me of unbelief and lead me in the way everlasting.
2 Timothy 2:4 No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of (civilian) life: his aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him (God)! DO ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!