Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Enemy Is Looking For Easy Targets To Destroy: Are You One?

"The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made." (Psalm 145:9)

This is a truth that the enemy wants to separate you from and he will use whatever method he can to do it. He hates you. I mean he really, really hates you. He will use any weakness you have to defeat you. If you are insecure he will build on that. If you lack confidence he will use it to attack you. If you feel any guilt he will twist it so that it is misshapened, ugly and large enough to take over your every waking moment. You cannot even begin to imagine the quality of his hatred and it's simply because you are the object of God's love.

He wants to hurt God by hurting you but he can't as long as your eyes are fixed on Jesus. So his plan is to distract you so that you don't see Jesus any more. He loves to use things that will be sure to constantly fill our thoughts, such as worry and fear. Worry is the big one because it also seeds mistrust which destroys faith but he also likes to use emotional pain and heartache which leads to anger and self-pity which can consume us. Once we are consumed by these things it becomes more difficult to pray, read the Word, worship with all our heart, and to be occupied by the things of the Kingdom. Soon we lose the joy of the Lord.

It may take some effort but we need to force our eyes back to the Lord. We need to remind ourselves of his character:

"The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does." (Psalm 145:13b)

If we are allowing other things to crowd out God we need to set aside those other things for a time while we immerse ourselves in God. Re-read important passages, worship him, go for a walk and just praise him for everything you see, write down all the things he has done for you. Allow God to take center place in your life again and allow him to be large again. Once this is re- established you are able to deal with those other things in the light of God's greatness.

"My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
Let every creature praise his holy name
for ever and ever." (Psalm 145:21)

Do not allow the enemy to get any foothold in your life. Don't allow him to win a single battle in your life. Do not allow him to get to our Father through you. Stay alert. Put on your full armour warrior. Hold the ground you have been given to defend which is your heart. Seek the things of the Kingdom and God will take care of the rest. Trust.

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