Monday, November 18, 2013

Ruin the Devil's Day

Psalm 112:10 (NLT) The wicked will see this and be infuriated. They will grind their teeth in anger; they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.

As a child of God, we are entitled to many benefits. The devil wants to make sure we do not get them.

We can easily get snared into defending ourselves against the devil's attacks. He will try anything to hold us back from our inheritance. He may attack our health, finances, family, or marriage---to keep us from receiving it.

Psalm 112 is a beautiful picture of the Christian that has received their God-given benefits. It even reveals how to do it. Our verse at the top describes the enemy's response to a righteous person. If you are born-again, you are the righteousness of God (1). You qualify for these benefits.

So what does the wicked one see to cause him to grind his teeth and slink away in hopelessness? Verse 9 says, "They [the righteous] share freely and give generously to those in need." This it what hurts the devil. When we do good for others.

The Old Testament makes the point over and over; God protects us from the enemy. When Pharaoh sent his armies after Israel, God drowned them in the Red Sea. Jehoshaphat, Joshua, Gideon, and King David all saw God defeat their enemies in unique ways and they did not have to do the battle. God takes care of the enemy for us.

Now I am not telling you to roll over and play dead. If you have bill collectors, you need to try to work something out. If you have health problems---see a doctor. Whatever you do, do it in prayer and do what seems to bring you the most peace. Most importantly---find someone else to bless.

The enemy wants us to defend ourselves. This prevents us from doing the good works that God has planned for us to do (2).

God has a purpose for each of us. As we fulfill that purpose, the enemy suffers destruction. I refuse to get caught up in my own affairs when God has a fulfilling, prosperous, destiny for me to live out. God takes care of me when I fulfill my purpose.

Be Blessed!
(1) 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV) For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
(2) Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV) for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

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