It seemed so weird to see someone labeling this ministry of encouragement, which God birthed in me, as Satanic.
While I know being misunderstood is unavoidable, still, for Christ’s message of love to be so grossly misconstrued, is baffling.
You see, I get an assortment of messages—primarily positive—but occasionally, the enemy will send someone to hurl mean-spirited insults at me.
Such incidents have been increasing as of late.
Despite the fact that I love Jesus with my whole heart and have happily devoted my life to the service of the Lord and His precious people, it doesn’t stop some individuals from seeing the work of the devil when they look at me.
As off-putting as that is, I’m reminded of how the Pharisees said the same thing about Jesus Christ, the very son of God.
In Matthew 12:24, they claimed, “This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.”
Jesus responded in verses 24 and 25 by pointing out the absurdity of those claims. He essentially said that a house divided against itself can’t stand. So if Satan was casting out Satan, how in the world would his kingdom stand?
I so love reading Jesus’ words of wisdom as He dealt masterfully with those who misunderstood His purpose. It reminds me that, just as we do, the Savior of the world had to contend with enemies, naysayers, accusers and rabble rousers.
Yet, the Anointed One was not distracted from His goal nor intimidated by others’ false accusations. He came to save the lost.
Jesus made it clear in John 9:4 that He was determined to “work the works” of His Father who sent Him.
In John 4:34, He said His meat or food—what satisfied His craving—was to do the will of the Father.
Look at Jesus’ singleness of heart and His deep commitment to the will of God. That kept Him focused in the face of intense attacks.
Friend, take a page out of Jesus’ book and apply it to your life.
Know that opposition will come and not just in the form of people’s attacks. There will be numerous troubles, afflictions, problems and issues that will pose a threat to your peace, joy and faith.
Setbacks, distractions and injustices are used as tools of the enemy to wage war against you.
So how do you survive without losing hope or giving up?
You engage in spiritual warfare. You fight back.
By realizing that the same Jesus that cast out devils in the Bible days lives inside of you. Know that His power equips you to put Satan on the run.
When you submit to God, James 4:7 lets you know, you have the power to resist the devil and make him flee.
Pick up your weapons and go to war.
Ephesians 6 tells you your fight is not against “flesh and blood,” but it is spiritual in nature. So take up arms. Put your war clothes on. Go in the name of Jesus and do battle.
Fight for your family. Fight for your peace. Fight for your joy. Fight for your destiny.
God has equipped you. Don’t be afraid.
When things go crazy, call on the name of Jesus. You’ll find protection and shelter in Him. Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.”
In other words, when you run to God and obey Him, Satan runs away from you.
Today, if things are all out of sorts in your life and the enemy seems to be wreaking havoc, seek the Lord. Invite the victorious Savior into your circumstances.
After all, He is the One who already holds the keys of hell and the grave (Revelation 1:18). He has dominion over them.
With that in mind, why worry? Why fear? Why cower?
Pick up your supernatural weapons and fight!
To remind you to do this, I’m stirring 2 Corinthians 10:4 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, you will realize that you have divine help. You are not in this fight alone. In fact, your victory is already secured.
You have been equipped to oppose the enemy as you wage war in the name of Jesus—which is above every other name.
Now let’s pray.
Lord, the enemy has been coming against me in full force and I am calling on Your name, Jesus. I know that You have given me power to overcome attacks, opposition and hindrances, and break down every stronghold. So today, I go forth in Your strength knowing that, as 1 John 4:4 says, “Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world.” In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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