Topic: Don’t Let The Devil Rob You [Wednesday May 31, 2017]
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb. 12:2)
The Bible enjoins you to “count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” (James 1:2). When you can rejoice in the midst of temptations and trials, a supernatural strength rises within you and your faith comes alive!
The Shunammite woman in 2 Kings 4 is a very good example. When the miracle she waited a long time to get died, she did not sit down to cry in self-pity. She knew the devil wanted to rob her of her joy. So she confessed in faith, “It is well.” Her joy and faith gave her strength in the LORD to control her grief. At the end of the day, Elisha raised her son from the dead!
A lot of people think that if you mind your own business, the devil will mind his own business. That’s a lie. King Jehoshaphat was minding his own business when three kings ganged up and waged a war. The Bible says he became afraid. But in the midst of his fear he remembered the LORD. He knew that salvation comes from the LORD. So he ordered his people to assemble in the church, where they began to praise God. While they were still at it, God arose, fought their battle, and destroyed their enemies.
Physically, you don’t face the forces of hell with tambourines, but spiritually you can mess them up with such seemingly, simple, musical instruments.
Now, I want you to go into thanksgiving, not crying or complaining. Praise Him. The joy of the LORD is your strength!
Word of Wisdom: The devil will not mind his business because you are minding yours.
Prayer/Confession: Father, thank you for meeting all my needs and fighting all my battles. The joy of the LORD is my strength.
Further Reading: 2 Chron. 20:3-13, Neh. 8:1-10, 2 Kings 4