Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Get Your Own Word!

Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. (Matthew 13:3-4)

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. ( John 10:10)

The enemy is the devil. He doesn't want me to say this but it's not the person that cut us off, betrayed us or otherwise done us wrong. It's the devil. Many times our co-workers, neighbors, relatives and just people in general do things that are obviously "enemy energized" but we have to remember to hate the sin and not the sinner. We have to remember that the devil does not want us to be blessed. Of course he is going to send all of his imps to try to hit us with all they've got because he knows his time is running short and he's already lost. Misery loves company and he wants to have us angry with leads to bitterness and ultimately wrath. He wants us to hold grudges, hide iniquity in our hearts and sin because sin separates us from God. We have to truly understand that devil wants us to step out of our covering and good standing with God so that we are susceptible to the snares he has waiting for us.
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. ( 1 Peter 5:8)

The enemy would like us to be caught up focusing on the cares of this world: what we don't have, what we need and who's upset us and anything else that would cause us to take our minds off of what God can do. He wants us to be angry so that we loose our temper and are no longer alert. Why? Because the moment we focus on the cares of the world instead of casting our cares on Jesus he is able to devour us. But it doesn't stop there. He wants to kill us and destroy us as well.

So we must take a stand not to look at what the situation looks like but towards the hills. Our help comes from the Lord. We have to look to Jesus, the only wise God that is able to keep us from falling. The bank account, the spouse, the job, the friendships can be perfect today and gone tomorrow. Happiness is temporal but joy is eternal. Only God can provide the kind of joy that can say "hallelujah anyhow" when your life goes array. Even if everything all around us is crumbling, we can find peace in knowing that we stand on the foundation of Christ the Solid Rock.

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18 NIV)

I've come to notice that as soon as I receive a Word from the Lord or God begins to open His Word up to me that someone will come along and do or say something to try to knock me off of my square. I can get blessed with all sorts of material/natural things and there usually isn't a problem but when God begins to bless me spiritually the enemy is very upset. He ultimately tries to cause friction in my life to try to seal the word away from me.

But he can't have my Word. It's my Word. And I'm willing fight (the good fight of faith that is) to keep it. The enemy doesn't want to see us happy. He wants to rob us of our joy, steal our peace, cause us to fear and most of all cause us to doubt God. That's why we have to take the Word of God and hide it in our hearts because there are times when we aren't always able to see God working with our natural eyes. It is during these times that we have to walk by faith and not by sight.

So they next time you leave service and get a dirty look before you walk out the door or get cut of trying to get out of the parking lot, remember that it's only the enemy trying to steal your Word and tell him to get his own Word and keep it moving.
Have you ever seen the devil try to set you up to miss out on your blessing? What happened?


A Free Spirit Butterfly said...

I think that's our biggest test, our behavior outside the church. It's so easy to be at peace and full of the spirit in the Lord's house. You are so right, the devil will stand at the door and hold it for you as you exit towards the parking lot. How clever is he? I've notices sinced I've been baptized that the words and images around me are so much more profound but even so, more cleverly disguised. That's why I carry my "armor" everywhere, but especially in my heart!

Love, peace and blessings!
GO Obama go, you did it!
Amazing Grace!!!!!!!

Chit Chat With Divagirlrn said...

I so needed this word for today. I love your blog. I added it to my favorites list. I'm so glad you found my blog by way of Cynta's and I look forward to getting to know you. God Bless!


SLC said...

Now you know I like to reply with scriptures, but the two I thought of were already listed. The Word of God is so valuable, that the enemy tries to steal it and replace it with his seeds (words) of doubt.

Thank you for the Word and your Wisdom.

SLC said...

Hey there!!

I am happy to find your blog!!

Keep on testifying!!

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!

Fitts said...

Praise the Lord sister!! Great post!

Keep the truth alive!

BAW Sr. said...

Great post sister in Christ you are a great writer. Thanks for the encouraging words on my post, they meant a lot coming from such an esteemed writer as yourself.

Be Blessed


ZACK said...

This is WONDERFUL, Sister Shanita! You have just landed the honor of Spotlight Blog at my space.
[Plus, I'm running out of candidates.]

We need more blogs like this on the Internet. More God, and less gossip.

Shanita Waters said...

Thank you all so much for stopping by my page. I am happy that you were blessed by the Word God gave me to encourage myself.

@ Free Spirit - I agree with you completely, the closer we grow to God the more He shows us. The more He shows us - the more we realize how imperfect we are but thank God He sees us through the blood. Notices Ephesians 6 does not list any armour for the rear of our body? That's because God has our back covered and as long as He does we're alright no matter where we are.

@ Rolana - Thank you. I just allowed God to use me. Lord knows the Word was for me first.

@ SLC - thank you. As always it's a blessing for you to drop by.

@ Lisa - thanks for stopping by. I really like your page (bookmarked). Your views are very thoguht provoking.

@ Fitts and Baw Sr. - thank you for stopping by. I enjoyed both of your pages.

@ Zack - thank you so much. I actually lurk on your page from time to time by way of Keith's page but hardly comment. I'll say hello the next time I drop by.

luvmy4sons said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. YOu comments were so kind. I loved this post. Good stuff!

much2ponder said...

I love your enthusiasm. I can feel your spirit coming through this post.

Good reminder not to let the enemy take any ground in our lives. God is good though when these things do happen and if we are obedient to him he will be glorified in it. Amen? Amen!

Joyfulsister said...

Praise The Lord!!
Thank you for blessing me with your visit today. Wow we were really in accord on this one lol. Same pic and confirmation of the word the Lord gave to each of us to present and share.
How neat is that!!!*smile*. I'll be back to read more..

Hugz Lorie

Anonymous said...

Preach sista. Just found your blog, but I needed this post. Thanks.