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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:
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.