to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
Pray for discernment to always recognize God’s ways, presence, and voice in your life.
One way to tell the difference between God and the enemy, is that God never guides you to a place to be harmed. That is the work of the enemy.
Even sugar-coated, the enemy’s plan is never to benefit you. If the vision is self-consuming, self-absorbed, and truly only about you and your personal gain, and only your pleasure, then that can’t be God’s influence upon you.
Laziness is not of God. That is satan. Whining and complaining is not of God. That is satan. Living in fear and pain is not of God. That is satan! That is the enemy working against you so that you can turn from God.
I prefer to not give the enemy a name, for to give it a name gives it a sense of purpose and power. So calling it “it” or the “enemy” rebukes any influence that it would claim to have in my life. In the examples above I used the name “satan” (lowercase) to help you connect on a more sensitive and passionate level with the intensity and desperation that “it” has to mentally sway and get you to destroy yourself (for it lacks the power to do so).
Whether thoughts of lust, anger, revenge, or fear, it is all coming to and attacking your mind. Which if not protected, can be penetrated.
No different allowing someone to hypnotize you. You leave your mind totally exposed to be manipulated. That is what “it” does. Those thoughts can turn a healthy person into a person consumed by fear of sickness, and eventually consumed by illness. You can be consumed by a fear of death, and eventually you physically die (probably much sooner than what was on the schedule).
Protecting Our Mind
When we have thoughts of lust for someone not our spouse or significant other (or if you’re single—lust for someone you know you shouldn’t deal with), you must rebuke those thoughts and understand you are being attacked and tested.
When we have thoughts to curse like a crazed animal at someone, we must realize immediately that our mind is under attack, for God would never place that energy in our hearts or suggest it through our minds. The same is true when we think of physically or emotionally hurting someone—we are being attacked by a dark presence that wants to be our master. When we give in we are like the enemy’s puppets.
Sharing With Others
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Or do you pop in and out whenever the mood hits you?
Ask yourself why you don’t want the full access, and why you don’t want to open your inbox to God’s Word? Would you rather see this Breaking Bread message or an email about some juicy gossip someone just had to share with you? Would you rather invest a moment praising and praying to God, or read spam, that’s taking up good space in your inbox?
Father, I pray for those who are blinded by pain, fear, and rage. I pray for those who are so consumed with what’s going wrong with and in their lives that they can’t seem to appreciate all that is great and wondrous in their lives. I pray that You strengthen them that they might be strong enough to fight the grip of the enemy, so that they can begin to forgive themselves and forgive others.
Help us to become better followers, servants, stewards, and ambassadors Father. In Your name and in Jesus’ name I humbly and joyfully pray. Amen.
Make it an awesome day, for you and for others. Reflect God’s light wherever you are!