A good friend told me many years ago that I needed to give the Holy Spirit something to work with if I wanted to live a victorious christian life. If I wanted Him to encourage me with Scripture at opportune times I would have to meditate on Scripture before the temptation came. If the Scripture was in the well, He would bring it up when I needed it. That was good advice and my well has a supply; but there’s plenty of room for more.
I distinctively heard the other side of that coin this morning.
If you are tired of the Evil One’s shenanigans, stop giving him so much to work with.
It didn’t take much contemplation to figure out what the so much to work with meant. As the Holy Spirit uses Scripture to infuse us with power to overcome; our very own flesh gives Lucifer plenty of ammo to fire at us.
Doesn’t the Scripture tell us that ABBA inhabits the praise of His people? (Ps. 22:3) If GOD draws near to praise what would Lucifer draw near to? What’s the opposite of praise? Complaining, fault-finding, negativity, woe is me, I hate this, I hate that. I think I got this. A steady stream of thankless words and a heart packed tight with un-forgiveness and ill will is the so much to work with.
Does this mean when we have troubles, conflicts, etc., we have given the devil too much to work with?
When the neglect or willful sins of another slings chaos my way that’s not my so much to work with until I react to the slinging chaos in my flesh rather than the Spirit.
So how do we handle slinging chaos? Here’s a great start:
Philippians 4:7 Then God’s shalom, passing all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with the Messiah Yeshua.
8 In conclusion, brothers, focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy.
9 Keep doing what you have learned and received from me, what you have heard and seen me doing; then the God who gives shalom will be with you.
Day 112 of 2014, praying for revival in the Body of CHRIST.
Thank You, ABBA. This is a lesson I need and human nature as it is, I think I’m not the only one; so thank You for allowing this offering and I trust You to apply it to waiting hearts. We are still asking You to revive the Body of Christ; protect and restore Israel and grant grace and space for America to repent in the Holy Name of Yeshua.