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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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$23

Do you remember the days where your parents gave you an allowance every month? Our daughter currently has $23 (+/-R423) in her savings account which is money that we gave her as an allowance over a span of a few months. She likes to save her money and when she saw how much money she had in her account; she was surprised. She was under the impression that she had a lot less. When our daughter left the room, I remember the days where a few rand (dollars or whatever currency you grew up with), was like “wow.” It felt as if I had a lot of money and with that money, I could do whatever I wanted.

Php 4:6  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 

Eph 5:20  giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

I know that the Word of God tells us to be thankful in everything for everything. When I see how happy our child is, about that few Rands, it teaches me to be thankful for what I have. Sometimes we complain that we do not have enough money for ourselves. It’s mortgage, food, utilities bills, school fees, petrol, diesel, car repayments and chocolate bar, massage, haircut, etc. Do you hear the last things that I have mentioned? Chocolate bar, massage, haircut. Those last-mentioned things are like the pocket money our daughter have in her savings account. It’s the little bit of money you have that you spent on yourself, for whatever you desire. But still we complain. Still we want more.

Where are the days where we all were content with the R400 ($23)?

Why are we not happy with the little we do have for ourselves?

My husband and I work for the Lord and the Lord Jesus Christ give us secondhand clothes through others. We then take these clothes and do an outreach to the car guards here in South Africa. When you hear how they scrape a little bit of money together as a team to have something to eat that morning or how the supervisor’s wife have cancer or how some of them live with other people because they are too poor to afford their own home. Then you realize how you take what you have, for granted. How you are not grateful anymore for what God gives you.

Challenge:

Take 5 minutes today, after a long day’s work, and think about what you have in your life.

A dry place to stay in, even if it is only a room. You do not have to sleep on the street.

A home, a mortgage to pay.

Maybe your health is suffering, and your body is full of aches and pains, but you are still alive. Able to spend time with friends or loved ones.

You had a job today that pay a salary, or you may be a housewife who had a long tiring day with house chores and kids. But you have a home to get to at night, lay in a bed and listen to this podcast.

It is easy to get distracted with what we do not have, instead of what we do have. Let us be thankful today and go to God, thanking Him for what we have. Food, home, somewhere to sleep, someone who takes care of us, love and His love for us.

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