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Daddy, the enemy is telling lies about me.

“If you view Satan’s attacks against you as a battle for your inheritance, instead of a personal fight, you are standing in faith; and this will assure you the victory. If you should see Satan’s altercation with you as personal, it can cause you to feel isolated and become weary” (Pastor Asa Dockery, WHCN).  This was the heart of the devotion from my pastor today.  It hit a strong chord in me because I never really thought about all of my struggles in this way.

Don’t get me wrong, I know that the enemy of God hates His beloved family, but I have to admit that the battle has been going on in my life for eighteen years and I have grown weary at times.  This strengthened me and changed my attitude about the battle.

Satan, you cannot have my inheritance.  Jesus gave it to me.  It belongs to me and my children and I don’t have to fight for it…just stand on the Truth because He already defeated you.

Me:  “Daddy, the enemy is trying to steal what’s mine…he’s telling lies about me”.

God: “Really, we’ll see about that.  Come here Gabriel…”

Amen

You ain’t give up squat.

Does God take things away?  Job 1:21 says that the “…Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord”.  In my human reasoning, (not the fruitful way to reason with God) I had trouble relating to a God who takes away.  From my personal experiences, I had much taken from me and I did not equate someone who takes away as someone who loves me.  See what I mean?  Consequently, I had a battle in the background of my mind about the love of God toward me if He takes things away.

Once again, God spoke through my pastor, Asa Dockery, and shed new light on a question that I pondered quietly for a few years.   Sometime in February – okay – I forgot to journal the date – but I wrote the expression because it caught my attention.  Pastor was quite expressive when he explained what our Lord said.  “Jesus said, “You ain’t give up squat.  Look at what I’m going to give you when you let it go.”  I love our pastor’s southern drawl and speaking style.  He pulls no punches.  Anyway, I considered what he said and the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart.

He brought to mind the times when all four of our children were infants and toddlers.  We had to go through a stage when each one had to give up their pacifier.  Our daughter had a favorite bear and one son had a favorite blanket as well as pacifiers.  Coaxing each one of them to give up their “security” took some doing.  I’m sure many can relate to what I am saying.  As their parents, we knew it would be very silly for them as young adults, still getting comfort from a pacifier.  Then God said to me, “well, you are still trying to get comfort from “this” and I have something better for you if you will give up your pacifier, Georgia.”

I cried, just like each one of our children did.  But not because I did not want to let my pacifier go, but because I realized that I had believed a lie about God’s character.  He never takes anything away.  We really don’t have to give up “squat”.  Just like we coaxed our young children gently into laying down their infant pacifiers so that they could pick up something better, God only asks us to do the same.  I think that many of His children are still carrying around their pacifiers.  By laying down the thing that was a temporary fix, we can pick up what God has for us.

Do you see it?  So, in actuality, God never asks us to give up anything – only to lay down something in order to pick up the next thing that He has waiting for us.  If you are holding on to something and are afraid to let it go, ask your Father to help you grow up.  Honestly, He has something better that brings much more comfort than an old pacifier.

Moving from confession to obedience

Pastor Asa Dockery of World Harvest Church North in northern Georgia delivered an awesome, timely word from God today.  He said,

There will come a time when we must move from confession to obedience.  There will come a time when God will begin to set boundaries for you.

The title of the message was “What Happens After the Fast?”  Our congregation just completed a 21-day fast.  The temptation for many is to return to previous habits or addictions, but that is not what God wants for His people.  A fast should draw us closer to God and promote us to a new level of obedience.  I loved the entire message (which you can listen to if you click on the link above), but here are a few key points that I took away.

In Genesis 2:15, God instructed Adam and Eve not to eat a particular food and if they disobeyed, they would die.  You know the story.  They did and they died; both spiritually and physically eventually.  In the same light, when God speaks to one of His children and He tells us to abstain from something and we do not obey Him, it brings spiritual death (and maybe physical death) to us.  WOW!

I was blown away by this powerful word.  Did you know that food represents the desires of this world?  Adam and Eve lost their birthright to Satan, but in the wilderness, Jesus took it back from Satan and handed it to us after the Cross.  Still, Satan continues to tempt us with food and habits and addictions, when the Holy Spirit is trying to set boundaries for us that will guard us against death.  Today, my eyes were opened to yet another deception of the enemy and how he works through the lusts of our flesh to seduce us.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION FOR MY LIFE

I am a Certified Nutrition Counselor.  My years of experience has taught  me that food restriction alone does not produce any lasting change.  Diets fail.  People are miserable and I have known in my spirit that suffering is from Satan and is a spiritual matter.  Years ago, I told God that until He showed me the truth from His word about how to help people walk in obedience regarding destructive habits to our holy temples, I would not counsel anyone.  Today, my mind was totally transformed by this word and God clearly showed me His Truth in this area.

GOD’S GRACE IS OUR STRENGTH

Paul asked God three times to remove the thorn in his flesh.  God told Paul that His grace was sufficient; for in Paul’s weakness, God’s grace was made perfect.  Instead of looking at grace from the riverbank, we need to step into middle of the river, where we cannot walk and where the God’s grace becomes our strength in our weakness.  When fasting or abstaining from something that God has spoken to you about, when you are weak, remember that is when God will carry you through with His strength.  And when the battle is over, you will emerge victorious.

Grace becomes strength through our obedience to God!  How divine.  I have been set free from years of bondage!  Thank you Jesus.