“Oh no!” I mumbled under my breath. “This can’t be happening.”
The other day, I kept getting an error message saying the external hard drive I use to store all my images, videos, documents and other important files, was corrupted. I couldn’t open anything. My heart sank. I need my external hard drive. It has everything on it.
You see, before discovering the importance of backing up my files, I used to save everything directly to my computer. I didn’t know how unwise that was until one day several years ago when my only laptop conked out suddenly and inexplicably. I assumed it could be fixed, but it couldn’t. So the files I had stored on it were lost forever.
Just like that.
It was pretty upsetting when I found out I could no longer access hundreds of important documents, images and such. Needless to say, I never wanted that to happen again. That’s why, these days, I always back up my files on my external hard drive.
Having an external hard drive is perfect, so in the event that my computer crashes I still have access to all my files stored on the mass storage device. An added benefit is, by not saving files directly to my laptop, I save memory space so my device’s speed won’t be slow.
Now that you know a little history, I’m sure you can imagine that, when I saw that error message the other day, coupled with repeated failed attempts to open files, I was troubled to say the least. After trying to figure it out on my own, finally, I told my husband Kenya about the issue I was having.
So he plugged the hard drive into his computer to see if he had the same problem and he did. But that wasn’t the end of the story.
After a few moments Kenya told me, “You’ve been using the wrong hard drive.”
“What do you mean?” I asked, confused.
“You picked up an old one that doesn’t work,” he explained, walking over to me with two different mass storage devices in his hand.
“You see this thinner one?” he asked, holding it close to my face so I could see it. “That’s the old one. You plugged this one into your computer and it doesn’t work.”
He continued, “The thicker one is the right one and this one works fine.”
Apparently, I had somehow confused the two. Eager to confirm his discovery, I plugged the one he said was working fine into my laptop and what do you know? It worked with no issues. My files had not been corrupted. There was nothing wrong with my storage device.
The widest grin formed on my face.
“Thank You Jesus,” I whispered, relieved. All my data was safe and accessible.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful Daily Cup family if negative ideas, defeated thoughts and all forms of stinking thinking were considered “corrupted files,” and blocked from accessing our minds? Unlike my computer system, which has a built-in mechanism to stop corrupted files from infiltrating, there is nothing innate in our fleshly nature that blocks unhealthy thoughts.
But the Holy Spirit does this work amazingly well when we submit to Christ’s authority and feed our minds with God’s word. Through His power, 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV says, "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
Combat the lies of the enemy with the truth of God's word! His word never fails or changes. God will do what He said.
When we walk in the Spirit, no matter what the enemy presents—lies distortions and toxic thoughts— the Holy Spirit brings the word of God back to our remembrance. It is the spirit of God that combats the evil forces at work against our hearts and minds.
The Lord, by His power, blocks Satan’s attacks in order to keep us strong, fortified and protected.
There is a battle raging inside you. There is a war going on for your mind. Satan wants to disrupt your peace, steal your joy and rob you of all confidence in God. That’s why your adversary hates it when you do what you’re doing right now and feed yourself with truth rooted in Scripture.
1 Peter 5:8 NIV appropriately warns us: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
In this passage, that word devour is a Greek word, “katapino” (pronounced kat-ap-ee'-no), which means, to drink down, gulp entirely—both literally and figuratively. It also means to drown, swallow up, or destroy.
Katapino is the same word used in 2 Corinthians 2:7 to describe the feeling of someone being swallowed up by, or overwhelmed with sorrow.
Friend, when the Bible says Satan wants to devour you it means he seeks to destroy you, overwhelm you, consume you, and swallow you up. He has many ways to accomplish this. The devil uses worry, anxiety, stress, negativity, pessimism, bitterness, unforgiveness and other cunning methods to devour you.
If he can find ways to consume your thoughts, overwhelm you with distress, and flood your mind with self-defeating, negative, wrong thoughts and mentalities, he wins. You’ll wave the white flag of surrender and unknowingly become a collaborator in his plan to take you out.
But God is sending you this word to block the enemy’s attempt to devour you. He wants you to renew your mind daily with His word. Feast on Scripture. Delight in the Lord’s promises. Declare what He says about you. Rebuke the devil. Resist the adversary by submitting to the Lord in all things.
There’s only one way the enemy can devour you: if you feed into his lies and fail to walk in the truth of God’s word. The word of God liberates. It sets your mind free. It leads you on the right path. It is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path according to Psalm 119:105.
As long as you in abide in Christ, He will take care of you, shield you and move you forward in purpose. He will fight your battles, make your enemies your footstool as Psalm 110:1 says, and even cause those who are against you to make peace with you according to Proverbs 16:7.
No weapon formed against you will be able to prosper as Isaiah 54:1 assures you. Just keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, whom Hebrews 12:2 calls “the author and finisher of our faith.”
Don’t let the enemy overwhelm your thoughts by distracting you from the source of your supply, the joy of your salvation, the calmer of the storm, the healer of your body, the lifter of your head, and the fighter of all your battles.
Stay focused on God. When you do, even when you’re going through, as Jeremiah 31:2 promises, you “will find favor in the wilderness.”
I know the enemy wants to devour you by overwhelming you with negative situations, worst-case scenarios and circumstances that look hopeless. But God sent me to offer up a defense against those corrupted thoughts Satan is trying to overload you with right now.
There is an encouraging statement from God found in the first half of Jeremiah 31:17 NKJV, which says, “There is hope in your future.” That is the word for you today.
As you drink down the contents of your cup, begin speaking life in the middle of a lifeless situation. Declare that there is hope despite how hopeless things appear.
Heed the voice of the Lord today as He inspires you, uplifts you and admonishes you to believe that there is more, better and greater coming your way. Cling to the promise of Jeremiah 29:11 NIV: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
As the saying goes, “I see you in your future and you look much better than you do right now.” Hang on to hope! Be encouraged. Breakthrough is coming. There is hope.
Now let’s pray.
God, I cannot see my way clearly and the enemy has tried to overwhelm me with negative thoughts, attacks and feelings of overwhelm. But today, I come against him by the authority of Jesus Christ. I speak Your word and Your promises over my life. Thank You for reminding me that there is hope in my future. I cling to Your word. I believe You despite the way my circumstances appear. Thank You for victory. It all belongs to You anyway. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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