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Roaring lion

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Thoughts are something that travels through our minds, each and every day. Thoughts like:

“I am not going to make it. I can’t do this anymore.”

“It hasn’t happened yet. This thing that I have prayed or hoped for years. It’s not going to happen.”

“There’s so much unemployement in our country since the Covid started. I don’t think I will ever find a job.”

Today I want to teach you something about our enemy. God says in His Word:

1 Pet 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (NKJV)

The devil is someone who walk around, trying to find the ones which have prayed about something for so long, asking God to help them and achieve something in their lives. Then the devil come and plants a seed of disbelief into your thoughts. That part that says: “It’s not going to happen,” or “I don’t think I will ever find a job,” or “I can’t do this anymore.”

You see, when the devil see that you are struggling, he will come like a roaring lion that wants to devour those beliefs of yours. That trust you have put in God to help you. Satan comes and tear that dream, that hope and that faith of yours into pieces like a lion tears it’s prey apart. He doesn’t want you to belief that you are going to find that job, nor does he want you to keep on hoping for that thing you have prayed about years ago. As children of God, we need to start recognizing the signs that shows us that Satan is starting to plant seeds of disbelief in our thoughts and hearts. When you start to hear yourself talking negative things or even thinking them, then stop. This is what God’s word says in verse 9 of 1 Pet 5.

Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

What should we do?

Resist the devil. In other words, when we are made to recognize the lies that are implanted in our thoughts by the Holy Spirit, we need to resist those thoughts. God one day gave me an instruction. He told me to memorise His Word.

Joshua 1:8 ESV / 665 helpful votes

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

The reason why God gave me the instruction to memorise His Word, is because when the devil come with his seeds of disbelief, those lies of his, that I can kill it with the Word of God. Let’s say you are in a situation where you are worried about where your next meal will come from because you are unemployed. Then remember what God says:

Genesis 22:13-14             

Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.”

This is where God provided an offering for Abraham in the place of his son. God have provided to Abraham, just like Abraham walked in faith to the place where the offering needed to happen. You do the same. You ask God to help you with your next meal and then you stand firm in your faith. A know of an elderly woman who are a devouted believer in Christ Jesus and child of God. She I retired, a ripe age of in her 80’s and son who still works, live with her. Her son helps her with daily tasks but there are months where she doesn’t know how she will be able to pay all the medical bills nor her other obligations. Then she take the medical bill in her hands and while she prays, she puts the bill down in front of her, in front of God and she asks Him to help her with this medical bills. She told me that there was times when the medical aid have paid the full sum of the outstanding amount and other times people will bring food to her, thus she has less that she have to spend on food and more to pay on the bills. God provides, each and every time. Maybe not in the way that we might hope of think but in His unique way.

Start to be vigilant, look out for the lies and disbeliefs that Satan plants in your thoughts. You will find another job. Pray, ask God’s help and go out and seek for it.

You will get through this. Pray, ask God’s help and go out and seek councelling to help you get through this but also belief that God gives you the strength to endure this situation and every single day you need to go through it.

Also, surround yourself with people who are believers of Jesus Christ, that can support you and open your Bible every single day, so that what you read, can demolish the roaring lion.

Thank you for listening to today’s podcast and I thank God for His help with this episode. Without Him and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I will not be able to bring you this content and His Word to you.

God bless.

Marleen

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You don’t leave your house unless ….

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This morning an elderly lady of my church, who I’ve seen in our local grocery shop this morning, reminded me of something. She said: “You don’t leave your house these days without pleading the blood of Jesus over you and your family.”

Psalm 91:1-10 reads in the Contemporary English Version.

Psa 91:1  Live under the protection of God Most High and stay in the shadow of God All-Powerful. Then you will say to the LORD, “You are my fortress, my place of safety; you are my God, and I trust you.” The Lord will keep you safe from secret traps and deadly diseases.  He will spread his wings over you and keep you secure. His faithfulness is like a shield or a city wall. You won’t need to worry about dangers at night or arrows during the day. And you won’t fear diseases that strike in the dark or sudden disaster at noon. You will not be harmed, though thousands fall all around you. And with your own eyes you will see the punishment of the wicked. The LORD Most High is your fortress. Run to him for safety, and no terrible disasters will strike you or your home. 

What this elderly lady was saying this morning, is one of two things. One, is that you start your day with God. In the New Testament, you will read how Jesus went up to the mountain to pray in the early morning hours. (Mark 1:35). Starting your day with God is of utmost importance. This is where you get guidance, comfort, and His promises. 

Two, is that God is your protection. In this time of the Covid-19, your protection is God and God alone. We have to wear masks to do our part in protecting ourselves and others around us. We do not tempt God (Luk 4:12), by putting yourself in harm’s way. We put our masks on and we trust that God will keep the virus away from us. 

But what if I do get the virus or a loved one?

Then you still trust God that He will help you or your loved one to recover. In everything and in every time, we trust God no matter what. 

I want to leave you with something. If you are a believer, a child of God through faith in Jesus Christ, remember that what’s going on now, is temporary. Your life here on earth is a small-time period in eternity. When you leave this life behind, you who have accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour will step into the eternal life that God promises. Forever you will be with Him and His presence. What a marvelous thought! And if you haven’t accepted Jesus as of yet, it’s not too late. Then pray with me:

Jesus,

I want to accept you as my Lord and Saviour. I am a sinner and I need you being my Redeemer. Jesus, forgive me of my sin. Here I am Lord. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.