Not only does our prayer deflect the enemy, but our purity deflects the enemy. God calls you to purity because He wants your heart protected and at rest, inhospitable to the devil and his intentions. God wants you full of power and confidence and spiritual vitality. He wants you free to bless and encourage others, to receive and celebrate His goodness, to become such a stick-of-dynamite prayer warrior that Satan just hates hearing your coffee pot heat up in the morning.
We are all in the midst of change, turmoil, chaos and/or transition. It is easy to lose heart when you feel like you’ve lost control. When you don’t understand what’s going on or can’t work out what’s ahead, you don’t have to despair, you can choose to trust God. He’s got you. I want to remind you that God is for you, he is with you and working all things together for your good and His Glory. It might not look or feel like it right now, but one day we will see and know without a doubt that he who promised is faithful.
When the enemy rages and attempts to trample upon your territory, remember that God has not called you to be defeated by the tactics of the enemy. God wants you to win. God will fight for you – if you let Him. When you take your hands off and allow God to put His hands on your situation, He will fight your battle. This battle belongs to The Lord. With God, you will not be defeated. Don’t try to fight the battle alone – God is with you, engage His Army. When God is for you, who can stand against you? No one. God is your Battle Ax. God is your Shield. God is your Provider. God is your Protector. Trust Him. Trust that He’s got you every step of the way.
Psalm 91 says that God has created a shelter for you, a place where the covering shadow of His love thoroughly shades you from the high-noon heat of temptation. Your God, it says, is a refuge. Your God is a fortress. Your God is trustworthy. And your God is a deliverer. The arrows can fly by day, pestilence can stalk in the darkness, destruction can lie in wait for you right in the middle of the afternoon. “A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not approach you. . . . For you have made the Lord, my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place” (Ps. 91:7, 9). And then . . . you are safe.
Happy is the one who walks so close to God that they leave no room for the devil to slip between.
April 17, 2020
Referring to Philippians 4:7 “His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
It conjures up a picture. What will happen is that this peace of God will walk round the ramparts and towers of our life. We are inside, and the activities of the heart and mind are producing those stresses and anxieties and strains from the outside. But the peace of God will keep them all out and we ourselves inside will be at perfect peace.