March 27, 2018 by maryruwe
I’ve had days when it nothing seemed to go right and I felt irritated over everything, have you? On the surface it may even seem like it’s just the natural irritations of life: like a flat tire on the car, or that the air-conditioner or computer won’t work; perhaps ill health, financial problems, or maybe a family member, friend, co-worker, or neighbor seemed to be difficult to get along with. But behind the scenes it’s actually the all-time-enemy – the devil – who wants to steal, kill and destroy not only from us –but to destroy us – and we need to learn to recognize this culprit for who he is. He comes to steal our health, our prosperity, and our position; our love, our joy, and our peace. (John 10:10) He is the enemy of God and therefore is our enemy too.
Think about it for just a moment. If our health is poor then we don’t have strength to work and serve in the Kingdom of God. Remember we don’t work to get into the Kingdom of God, but there is work to do in the Kingdom of God. Poor health equals our time, energy, and finances spent on getting well, and our position as a laborer to work in the Kingdom hindered. Even with insurance the cost of medicines, tests, and doctors are expensive. It’s not rocket science to understand that if a person is fighting health issues they don’t have the strength to minister to go preach the Gospel and probably not finances either, even to send someone else. Problems in a relationship with a friend or family member can steal our confidence too and thereby hinder us from reaching out to minister to others.
The devil’s ultimate goal through stealing our health and finances – is to stop the Gospel of Jesus from being preached and taught. Of course he also wants us to forget our position in Christ; he wants us to forget who we are IN JESUS; he wants us to forget that because we are a child of God, we have power in the Name of Jesus. For if we forget who we are in Christ – that we’ve been given the power to rule over circumstances and situations in the Name of Jesus – if we forget – then we will not fight the good fight of faith and walk in victory in this life. (1 Timothy 6:12)
We must keep our focus on God and HIS purpose for us. John 10:10 tells us two important truths: 1) the devil comes to steal from us and 2) Jesus comes to give us life and life abundantly. First John 3:8 again teaches that, “the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil”. Sickness, disease, poverty and/or just barely getting by, are not life abundantly; neither are the discord, strife, or the lack of harmony between us and others. This is not ignoring or denying what is going on around us but it’s knowing that we can take the authority that God gave us through Jesus to rule our lives. We don’t rule others but are to take authority over the operational aspects of the spirit causing the situation.
If we allow these outward irritations of circumstances of life to rule us through our emotions and thoughts, then we have given our heart over to them. We know this from reading Matthew 6:24 and Luke 16:13 that we cannot have two masters – this principle covers more than just how we handle our money – it also extends to how we manage all areas of our life – our thoughts and our emotions. According to Matthew 12:35 and Luke 6:45, our outward conduct is the result of the inward condition of our heart. We are to keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus by reading the Bible and speaking the truth of God’s Word over our lives. (Proverbs 4:20-23, 7:24-25; Philippians 4:8-9 and Hebrews 10:23)
Truths to understand:
Truth One: God is a good God and He only has good things for you. He has NO sickness, disease, or lack or poverty so He is not the one bringing them into the world. He is not keeping good blessings from you; He looks for ways to bring His goodness and blessings to you.
Truth Two: The devil is the one who wants to steal, kill, and destroy you; to oppress with sickness and poverty and lack. He tries to steals the truths of the Word of God from us as soon as we hear it any way he can. (Matthew 13:1-23)
Truth Three: Jesus is the Savior and healer and provider. He came to give us life and life abundantly. Believing in Him is the only way to receive the blessings of God because Jesus is the only way to the Father. (John 14:6, Acts 4:12)
Remember and recognize these basic truths – the devil is the oppressor and Jesus is the deliverer.
We must believe God’s Word to receive it. We must maintain our belief by steadfastly keeping our faith active by obedience and holy living according to the Word of God.