GIVE NO PLACE TO THE DEVIL Sunday, 3 May 2014
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1 (KJV)
In standing fast in liberty, you must ensure you don’t give the devil a foothold in your life. There are several ways through which you can give the devil a foothold: but I want to zero in on three major routes through which we give the devil access. The first is through the little foxes that spoil the vine: sin. Don’t because of the pleasure of sin which lasts for a very brief moment throw your miracle away. The devil is very subtle; he magnifies the pleasure of sin and lures you into it without showing you the reward of sin. Sin is sin! There is no small or big sin. Anything contrary to the laid down principles of God is sin and the only good you can do to yourself is to run from it. Paul said it so well in 1 Thessalonians 5:22 -“Abstain from all appearance of evil.” Child of God, don’t meddle with sin in any way. Run from it! It is Satan’s strategy to keep you from enjoying the promises of God. Do not fall for the devil’s carrot.
The second strategy is through negative confession. You will agree with me that oftentimes we give in to pressure and exchange the symptom for the real thing. Yes you have prayed and God has assured you of your healing, but the symptom is still there. The devil actually intensifies the symptom to make you confess negatively and of course whatever you confess you receive. So when he backs you to the wall and applies pressure, rather than confess negatively, choose to praise the Lord. No wonder God commanded us to give thanks in all things. You may not know how, you may not know when, but be assured that He will do it again. Beloved keep thanking God until you see the result; and I guarantee you that it will not tarry.
The third strategy is un-forgiveness, malice and strife. Paul writing to the church at Corinth, as recorded in 1 Corinthians 3: 1-3, described those early believers as carnal and not spiritual. Yes, they were believers, but he called them carnal. The scripture tells us that they were involved in envying, divisions, strife and yet they expected the power of God to move in their midst. That is why you cannot afford to lift up holy hands to God in prayers, and yet refuse to forgive those who have hurt you no matter what they did to you. The Bible says in Mark 11:25-26 “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in Heaven forgive your trespasses”
Further reading: Song of Solomon: 2:15, Proverbs 18:18-20, Romans 10:10 Daily Bible reading: Morning-1 Kings 14-15, Evening-Luke 22:31-46