Hello everyone…and a Happy New Year, to you once more! I hope your New Year is off to a good start! One thing I praise God for this morning…is for a new beginning…where all things are made new every day...PRAISE HIM!!
This morning, as I was visiting with my husband in the living room, we were talking on the things that can become weapons, to ward off evil…and as I was thinking on what we were discussing…I thought to myself…this would make a great blog post, as we begin another new year…so the two major weapons that I have come to see this morning; that will help to ward off evil, are “A Heart of Praise” and “Being Strong in the Lord.”
As we begin…let’s read a few Bible verses from Acts 16:25-26…and we read, “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26) And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.”
Many times, we tend to think that praising God follows something good that has taken a twist for the better, which is true…but I have come to see even more; that when we can praise God, in the midst of the very worst; then this weapon of praise definitely has the power to bring evil to its knees.
I remember a time, when I had experienced a horrible and sleepless night of pain. As I sat before the Lord that morning…preparing to start my day; I thought to myself…what can I praise God for today. There was definitely nothing that I could think of to praise Him for, due to a very bad night; that is, until I began to realize…yes there is; I can praise Him for bringing me through the night, even though I still felt hung over from a sleepless night of pain…so I began to praise God, in the midst of it all…and you know what…I started to feel better. You see…Satan had attacked me during the night…probably attempting to take me out of commission with God, for the following morning; but while he was waiting to hear words of complaint…I began to praise God, which truly brought Satan to his knees, while I was being lifted up to the God that I had just praised…so let your heart of complaint turn into a heart of praise. If you would just stop for a moment…I’m sure that you would come to see that there is something to praise God for, even if it’s something small.
Now…the second weapon formed against evil; is being strong in the Lord, which is the most important one to me. Let’s turn to a Bible verse in I Peter 5:8…and we read… “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
Another thing I have truly come to see and experience in my life; is how weakness can make us prey to evil. We need to remember that Satan’s power can never supersede God’s power…but his power is great enough to come at us, during times of weakness. It’s as though he is roaming the earth…looking for wounded people to prey on and destroy; so we need to remain strong in the Lord. In other words…we need to allow God to work through our weaknesses; that we may be made stronger in Him. When we choose to wallow in self-despair; then we are only allowing ourselves to become an open target to Satan.
As I look back on my life…I see many instances, where I wallowed in my weaknesses; but there was one time, when I had truly allowed a weak circumstance in my life to take me by the hand and lead me into unknown territory. I had just overcome a major knee surgery and I was recovering at home. As I lay in bed…tired of the many years that I had gone through these surgeries, I began to get angry with God. As I looked up to the ceiling, I said… “What’s next?” From there, I quickly came to see what was next, as I ended up back in surgery again. You see…it wasn’t God doing this…it was Satan…and why…because I had fallen prey to weakness…the weakness that had already entered my life, which only made me an open target to Satan. Now, I watch my anger…and I watch my words…and I allow God to strengthen me through these tough times that I continue to face in my life.
You know…we don’t always realize what weakness and words of complaint can actually do to us…and I think that this is because they have become habitual to us. Starting today…we need to stop these habitual things that only weaken us more…and start allowing God to work through the weak moments; that only cause us to become easy prey to Satan.
No matter what you may be facing today…don’t let it bring you down; but rather, allow God to lift you up through these difficult times, by praising Him…and even more, by leaning on His powerful strength…that you too, may remain distant from evil, while remaining closer to a God, who longs to be everything for you, especially during the difficult moments of life.
Well…I don’t know about you; but I truly enjoyed these little reminders this morning…reminders that can truly become the greatest weapons formed against evil, within our lives!
I truly hope and pray that you will come to see how great and strong this powerful God can be for you! Take care…have a great New Year’s…and I will talk with you later!
Many…many blessings on your day!
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