Hello everyone! What a beautiful brand-new day I'm viewing outside my office window this morning! You know, when I see a brand-new dawn; I also see how God opens the blinds to a new beginning…one where the slate of yesterday has been erased; that we may start out with a fresh slate of His love and goodness. Praise Him for that!
Yesterday, as I was spending some quiet moments alone with God, I was being reminded, as to how we can suffer needlessly, just by giving Satan permission to do the things he so longs to do to us.
One of my favorite Bible readings is found in the very first chapter of Job…and as we begin our time together today, I would like to share Job 1:6-12 with you, and we read… "Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. 7) And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 8) And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 9) Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10) Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11) But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 12) And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So, Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord."
The thing that God reminded me of this morning; is that even though Satan afflicted Job; he still needed God's permission to do so. So many times, we feel that Satan is the one who is always running the show; but we must remember that even though God allows Satan to afflict us, in a similar way to what Job went through; we too, can find ourselves playing a part in the affliction, by the way we react to the affliction.
I will never forget a time in my life, when it seemed as if I was going through one thing after another. The surgeries, pain and recovery periods had truly taken a toll on me, to the place where I just couldn't take one more thing. One day, while feeling at my very worst, I said to God… "Ok…what's next!" I quickly learned to never say something like this again; because it wasn't too long after I had spoken these words; that the situation with one of my knees worsened and before I realized it, I was facing another surgery. Later, I came to see that it wasn't God who was worsening my situation; but rather, I had allowed Satan to step in and control the situation, through the negative words that had been spoken.
Do we truly stop and think on the power of our words and where they can lead us? When we choose to see our circumstances in a positive way; then moments such as these puts a leash on Satan's continual attacks; but when we look beyond the problem and imagine the circumstance worsening with time; then I believe that these thoughts and words are only allowing Satan to turn around and place the leash on us.
We must remember one thing…Satan's way of devouring us and bringing us to defeat; is to first have control over our weaknesses, like a puppet on a string…and how does that come to be…when we feed into the problem that he has already afflicted us with; and from there, our reaction to the problem enables him to control us even more, until we fall beneath the weight of it all, into a web of despair, where we only find ourselves under his full control.
Maybe today, you are feeling overwhelmed with a circumstance…or even life itself. Maybe your thoughts have taken you to a place, where you just might be tempted to spew words out of your mouth, due to the hurt, anger or fear that you may be experiencing at this time. May I encourage you to not give Satan permission to intensify the problem; because as I came to see…this will only lead you further into despair.
As we close, I would like to bring hope to you, by sharing a Bible verse with you in John 16:33, and we read… "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
Remember, Satan can't have control over your world without God's permission, unless you make a way for him to do so. One thing I can say for sure; is when we choose to get in God's way; then we are only going to allow ourselves to suffer beyond what He ever intended for us to go through. So, take hold of the thought that the Lord has already won your battle for you…and what He chooses to allow within your life; is only so that He can make you more like Him…Amen!
Have a very blessed day…and I hope you will come back tomorrow, for another visit!
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