As someone who was raised in a Pentecostal Church, my parents both have been Church officials for as long as I can remember and I have learnt a lot about God and about serving through this, something I would never take for granted and would definitely pass on to my children in the future. Having said that, I can say I have seen my fair share of revivals and church services that the presence of God was palpable, almost as if you could reach out and touch it.
One thing however that is common to all the programs is that; too much credit is given to the devil. It’s like everything everywhere has his imprint on it. Someone trips on a stone and falls, the devil is involved. You sleep in a mosquito infested area without any form of protection and come down with malaria, it was definitely the devil, if a prematurely hatched business fails, the devil’s hand is involved somewhere somehow. I quite agree that the bible calls him the prince of this world but then, we as Christians seem to be giving him too much credit for anything and everything and hiding behind him for some of our faults. When things go awry, it’s a perfectly natural human response to point fingers and it’s usually not to ourselves.
The bible says we should not be unaware of the wiles of the devil, and this is pivotal to our Christian walk because, that guy is the master of propaganda, and misinformation, need I add deception? And this is one tool which has caught us repeatedly. Be aware of this, the devil is counting on you to keep doing things as you have been doing, but what has that got you over the years? It’s time we shift focus to our God who is infinitely strong and mighty and most importantly, He is on our side. That which you keep in your sight continuously is what enters your subconscious and influences your thoughts, plans and executions.
So I propose you familiarize yourself with the greatness of the God whom you serve, with the weight HE pulls in the affairs of things and of what HE has deposited in you. You are no ordinary being, stop thinking like one! You are the redeemed of God; you are the one it is written about that all power on heaven on earth has been given to Christ for the sake of the church and that is me and you. Give more credit to the GOD who sent His son to die on the cross to save you and to invite you into HIS wonderful kingdom. Give more credit to yourself and to that which you can do. Not by yourself but by Christ who lives in you.
There is this law in nature, in life generally, it can also be found in the bible. Some call it Karma, some call it Law of SEED time and HARVEST, and some call it the law of reciprocity. But I prefer to call it the law of CAUSE and EFFECT. It says that “what goes around comes around”, “you get from it what you give to it”, “you get the prize after you pay the price”, “and you reap what you sow”. You get the point right? This law is almost immutable, and is as old as time itself. If we apply ourselves to this law, we would spend less time badgering GOD with requests and would be able to engage ourselves in the true worship that He desires; where we can get lost in the place of prayer and meditation in the awesome greatness of God. Just praising God and like the 24 elders before God’s throne, singing “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him sitting on the throne, and to the Lamb forever and ever.”
When we deploy our full efforts into prayerfully planning our lives, and living with the wisdom of God, staying in constant touch with the Father and expressing the Life Giving spirits that we are, then not only would we be the apple of God’s eyes (Let me see the devil try touching that), we would also be better off and the devil would have no point of ingress into our lives and like Job, wouldn’t be able to touch us without God’s express approval. It’s when we have done this that we would truly see that we gave the devil too much credit. Mistakes must suck, so be smart about your life. Be conscious of your actions and their effects, the devil is actually counting on you not been conscious; he sits in the background and assists. He can do nothing unless there is a point of ingress. It’s physically impossible to cover all bases, which is why we have God, who can do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ever dare to ask or think.
If you are embarking on a business venture, carry out your feasibility studies, project at least 5-10 years and take in as much factors as you can into consideration so that you would anticipate and be prepared for anything. The unknown factor you prayerfully commit to GOD and HE is sure to handle it. Even in choosing a partner, pray that God reveals the person to you well enough to make a better decision. In your academics, study to show yourself approved, if you need help understanding anything, ask for it, don’t stop until you find it and when the results come out, you will be predictable ahead as the bible says. Same principle applies in every area of our lives. Take control of your life back from the devil today. Give him no room by cleaning up your act. And if after taking control, things still are not going smoothly, re affirm your stand with GOD, and hold on, because “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”.
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