Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Thursday to you all! What a great day the Lord hath made! I pray that your day is going well…and that you will truly come to see God, in a way that you have never experienced before…Amen!!
Today, as we begin our time together, I would like to talk on the “Deceptive Power of Evil.” It seems like lately, I have not only seen the works of Satan around me; but also within my own life, as he has been attempting to take me out of commission with God, through my health.
Yesterday, as I was sitting here in my office, I began to jot a few thoughts down that God had laid upon my heart…and the one that truly stuck with me; is how the deceptive power of evil can seem so real and convincing…even to the place, where it can attempt to make us believe that the power of God could possibly be weaker than the problems we face.
I remember a time in my life, when God was truly at work within me…and not in the way you may think. In fact, it was quite the opposite, of what you may be thinking right now. One thing I would like to say to you, before we continue on; is that I had experienced so much abuse and dysfunction within my life; that God had to take me down to ground zero; so He could not only teach me the right things; but also, so He could rise up with me.
Anyways…as I went through…what I now see as a “spiritual boot camp,” of learning all over again; that is not actually the way I saw it…while experiencing it. In fact, I thought that God had something against me…as everything I experienced at the time, only seemed to appear as if these situations in my life were worsening. I think the problem I had at that time; was that I wasn’t viewing my situation through God’s eyes; but instead, I was viewing what was taking place, through my own eyes…the eyes that Satan wanted me to see it as.
In 2 Corinthians 11:14b, we read… “…Satan disguises himself as an angel of light”…and that is exactly what he has…and continually attempts to do within my life. You see…he comes to us, during an hour of weakness and he takes the discouraging moments…and attempts to enhance them and make us believe that God has forsaken us…as a means of drawing us away from the presence of God...and this deception can truly twist our thoughts…to the place, where we see his ways as something greater than God’s ways…AMEN!!
One thing I’ve come to see…through the past moments of struggle; is that we must continue to reach up for God’s strength…and once we do that; we will quickly come to see that Satan isn’t strong enough to meet us there…for even though he has power…his power will never ever be equal, to the power of almighty God!
No matter what you may be facing today…and no matter how it may appear to be…may I encourage you, to remove your own eyes away from the problem…to look clearly through the eyes of Christ…because as the Bible says…“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD.” (Isaiah 55:8).
When we can find the strength to let go of the problem, by letting God do it His way…trusting His way…all the way; that is when a new hope will stand before us…a hope that says; that the deceptive power of evil will never win or take me down!
Well…I truly enjoyed this time with you this morning…and my prayer today; is that we will never allow this so-called deceptive power of evil, to reign and rule within our lives; but instead, we will reach up for a power that is limitless…a power that can truly walk us away from these hurtful and discouraging moments within our lives…Amen!!
Have a great Thursday…take care and I will hope to be with you soon!
Blessings so much on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain