freshly dead victim, then one who’s alive and weak but fighting for their life?
That is a morbid thought I know, but I was amazed as we watched a show about the Great Barrier Reef last night. A sea turtle has more to overcome from the environment than they do from predators when they lay their eggs. They have to scale the rocks at low tide, pull their huge cumbersome bodies out to the hot sand, find a nest, lay their clutch of eggs and get back to the sea before their temperature rises above what their reptile bodies can handle. Hundreds of them die just trying to get back to the water. As their bodies float out, the sharks will pass up a living one for a dead one because it’s easier.
It got me thinking about the spiritual kingdom and how much it’s like the Great Barrier Reef. Here we humans are living in an environment designed to batter our senses. It literally drags us down, knocks the wind out of us and confuses us. If the truth of God’s Word seeps out into the media “accidentally”, the devil surges forth with hundreds of other ideas on the topic just to confuse people. Then, once our environment has bogged us down we stop fighting against it. Like sharks, devil spirits troll the waters just off a cancer patients door looking for someone to hit with depression and then maybe they can talk them into suicide. Or they lurk in jail cells, in people in rough neighborhoods, law offices, the Pentagon, even in churches. Frustrated, tired people who don’t have their guard up become prey. In the one moment they should have stayed strong and dug deep into God’s Word, boom, they are hit again. Sudden illness, poverty, divorce, temptations, crime, murder and worst of all unbelief from the one true God. The goal of a devil spirit is the same as its master’s. What is Satan’s goal?
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:” John 10:10a
The devil knows how important our believing is. So how does he talk us out of believing? He throws in error. Error leaches the power from truth because we don’t know what to believe or we fall into worshipping the sun or the moon or something.
“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” 1 John 4:6
People have told me before, “Terri, I’m not a pessimist, I’m a realist.” They say this because they’ve swam in those murky waters before and circumstances have gone so wrong for so many people before them and maybe even them. It takes energy to hope. It takes a strong will to believe God will reach into that hospital room and perfectly heal cancer. It’s hard work sometimes to renew your mind and believe. I get that. But a realist is always waiting for the “other shoe to drop” that’s not believing, that’s doubting. When the shoe does drop, (because Satan has designed our world to do that), they get to say, I told you so. But there’s something every “realist and pessimist” should know.
Realism is the gateway to depression. Depression and oppression are energized many times by a devil spirit. Especially in extreme cases. It’s like a sink hole with a shark’s mouth at the end.
How can I know that? Because realism and pessimism are off the Word of God.
Here’s the Litmus test for our thoughts.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Our thoughts must pass all eight tests in order to be accurate with the Word, not just one or two.
Realism and pessimism therefore, must be error. Unless, we become realistic about what God is able and willing to do to change the worldly circumstance when we believe. If realists did this, I would be a straight up realist.
I just wonder how many of us are making the devil’s next meal an easy catch? We float fearful and frustrated out into his territory hoping for some reprieve against the battering waves. If any of this post is resonating with you, then you are not alone and there is hope.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
After a turtle survives all the onslaught of the beach it is weak but wary. A shark might come. If it does, the turtle will turn and face the giant. It will tilt showing the shark its widest profile. This tells the shark, I’m big, strong and I won’t be easy to take down. There are so many turtles just floating along, the shark passes the strong one by. They have easier prey to catch.
My friends, fight! Turn and resist the devil! Take your victory! Believe!
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall (absolutely) receive.” Matthew 21:22
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” Ephesians 6:10
Show the devil your shield of believing and believe that God will protect you. Don’t play around with doubt, no one can’t afford that.
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Deut. 31:6
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith (believing), wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” Ephesians 6:11-17
God is good always and He needs you.
God bless you today!