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“Fear the Lord and Shun Evil”
Last weekend was Halloween, and how many of you are feeling the lingering sting of the evil one? We watched scary Halloween movies all weekend, no big deal, right? Wrong. The evil one has been attacking me and my family in subtle ways all week. For example, I have not slept a wink at night since Sunday night. The Lord says this is how we should sleep, “24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid: when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. 25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or the ruin that over takes the wicked, 26 For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep you from being snared.” Proverbs 3: 24 – 26 That is not how I slept.
It is not that I didn’t pray or put on Joyce Meyer Ministries, or do all the things I usually do, it is that we gave the devil a foothold, and he used it. Being too tired from not sleeping, meant that, my blog did not get written earlier this week, and I started to feel like a failure because of it. Only the devil can make you feel worthless and trick others into thinking that you are worthless too. This trick worked so well, that my husband and I were not thinking very highly of each other, and that resulted in a type of fight we have not had in over a month. It doesn’t matter how often you tell them how that you love and appreciate everything they do, if the devil has a foothold, none of that will matter. Everything that was forgiven, is suddenly not forgiven, and if a shaky topic is brought up, just count on everything crashing down again, because, “If you give a mouse a cookie, he will ask for a glass of milk,” (Laura Joffe Numeroff). Just as if you give the devil a foothold, he will ask for your heart, and then he will crush it.
The Lord will never crush your heart. He will heal it and provide you safety. Also, He won’t stop there. He will heal the hearts of those you love, and provide a safe harbor.
“5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. 9 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Proverbs 3: 5-10
Dear God, help us to shun the devil, demons, and all kinds of evil. May we rebuke them in your name. May you help us to fight off the evil one, before he attacks our heart and the hearts of those we love. May we stand up, in your glory, and fight, and continue to follow your ways and your will until the evil one can touch us no more. In Jesus Name we Pray, Amen.
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