With all the talk going on in the church about spiritual warfare,Christians still have not learned how to stand up to the enemy.We are pushovers for the devil!I dont believe every misfortune that befalls a Christian comes fromthe devil. We wrongly blame him for a lot of our own carelessness,disobedience and laziness.Its easy to blame the devil for our foolishness. That way, we donthave to deal with it. But there is a real devil present in the worldtodayand he is busy at work!Let me tell you something of Satans strategy. If he cannot pull theAlmighty out of his throne, he will try to tear Gods image out ofyou! He wants to turn worshippers into murmurers and blasphemers.Satan cannot attack you at will. God has put a wall of fire aroundeach of his children, and Satan cannot go beyond that wall withoutGods permission.Satan cannot read a Christians mind. Some people are afraid to praybecause they think the devil eavesdrops on them! Others think thedevil can read their every thought. Not so! Only God is omnipresentand omniscient.Scripture commands us to stand up, be strong and do battle againstthe flesh and the devil: Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit youlike men, be strong (1 Corinthians 16:13). Brethren, be strong inthe Lord, and in the power of his might (Ephesians 6:10).You have to become fed up with being held down by the devilliving low, depressed, joyless, empty, harassed!The book of Judges tells us, And the children of Israel did evil inthe sight of the Lord: and the Lord delivered them into the hand ofMidian seven years. And the hand of Midian prevailed againstIsrael (Judges 6:12).The Israelites were at their lowest point ever. They were driven toliving in dark caves and damp dens, starving, scared and helpless.Then something happened. It started with Gideon, and it spreadthroughout the whole camp: Israel got sick and tired of hiding inthose dark caves!Gideon said to himself, How long should we put up with this?They go through our land with no opposition. Nobody stands upand does anything about it! Were told we have a God who movedfor our fathers. But look at us nowwe are stripped, helpless.We live in constant fear!Something rose up within Gideon. And he said just what God waswaiting to hear: This has gone far enough! We serve a mighty,victorious God. Why do we go on, day after day, taking this abuse?God will not do anything until you are thoroughly disgusteduntilyou are sick and tired of being sick and tired.You have to do as Gideon didcry out to the Lord! We serve thesame God that Israel did. If he heard Israels cry in their idolatry,he will hear youin your sincerity.
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Excellent article.The following paragraph does give me pause - perhaps it needs rephrasing or a better explanation? What say?
Satan cannot attack you at will. God has put a wall of fire around each of his children, and Satan cannot go beyond that wall without Gods permission.
ginnyrose,He is probably thinking of this verse 'For I,' declares the LORD, 'will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.'" Zechariah 2:5.God himself is the wall of fire and Satan cannot come through unless God allows it. God will not allow his children to be tempted beyond what they can bear. There is always a way to overcome and that way is Christ.For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. (Hebrews 2:18) For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
Travis,Thank-you for sharing this verse. I was not aware of it. I am not as familar with Zechariah like I want to be....one of these days it may change...Blessings,ginnyrose
May God bless you richly in Christ ginnyrose
ginnyroseJob 1:10 also comes to mind:Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side?... God put a hedge around Job, and Satan could not enter it without God's permission.