It was hard for me to believe that someone could hate me. I mean not to say that I was perfect in the least, but I always carried myself in a way that was very sensitive to the feelings of others. Although I learned early that people will still treat you bad anyway, I still had no idea that someone could hate me BEFORE I WAS EVEN BORN….
Before YOUR parents even conceived you, you were loved…AND HATED.
You were a mess up in a plot of your enemy, Satan. The strength and power that God gave you long before you were thought about, became Doom’s Day for him. You weren’t a issue for him when you were a lover of your own desires. Slowly dying in the cares of this world, but the moment you became a mouth piece for God (Yes, the way you live your life can be a mouthpiece to others for God), you automatically became a problem for Satan. He doesn’t want you to reach your full potential in Christ because once that happens, then comes your anointing, your faith increase, blessing, joy and most of all being able to resist him, because he knows then that he has to flee.
Submit to God, resist the Devil and he will flee from you.
It was that scripture that helped me realize that my submission to God was what was necessary for me to withstand the plans of Satan for life. Here are four ways to submit to God, and resist the Devil.
Prayer has, for some reason or another, been the secondary answer when it comes to finding out the will of God, handling situations that we’re ALREADY deep into or just for basic things. Once you’ve unsuccessfully tried everything else, prayer then becomes this amazing, unheard of solution in the mist of core battle with the enemy. It’s in your praying that God reveals Satan plan OR His answer to whatever you’re inquiring about or headed into. Developing a CONSISTENT prayer life with God, will build your lifeline when it comes to silencing Satan. When you look at different people in the Bible, they used prayer to make their requests known to God. Hannah, in the book of 1 Samuel 1:9-11, prayed desperately for a son. In return not ONLY did God bless her with a son, but Samuel grew up to be an amazing prophet. One who’s prophetic record was spotless. Prayer has also been used to intercede on someone or a group’s behalf. Christians in Acts 4:29-30 prayed FERVENTLY for Peter while he was in prison. Even Jesus Himself prayed! When He was on the cross, Romans soldiers were taunting Him, saying “If you’re the real Messiah, get yourself down!”, Jesus prayed…to His Father for mercy.” Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) If you’re new at developing a prayer life, begin writing out specific things to target in prayer, so you’re not just saying things all over the place. Start with just 5 minutes. If you can do longer, GO FOR IT because as you get more and more into your prayer mode, you’re see that 5 minutes just won’t be enough time to be in the Lord’s presence.
Our flesh tends to get a little out of control, or sometimes we just want a little more closeness with God, & denying ourselves & seeking things spiritual will help. So what constitutes as “fasting”? I heard my pastor say, “Fasting is giving up anything that you’ve made your God.” Anything that takes our attention away from God, can be considered something to fast from. For me, social media. I sometimes come home from work, shower, eat and then I’m on my phone for the night….did you hear ANYTHING about God??? Nope, was not reading a Bible plan! Some fasts do require no eating. Whether it’s missing one meal, or all three. Others require just re framing from TV or social media. Once you start getting more connected with God, allow Him to deal with you spiritually to determine what parts in your life need the most flesh killing. Then go on your fast. In your fasting time pray, read, listen to gospel music, focus on nothing but God. Keep in mind that fasting is considered a private thing and does not need to be broadcast. Take a look at Matthew 6:16-18. Also, married ladies take a look a 1 Corinthians 7:5
*Tip for your fast*: No matter what fast you are led to go on, you will be tempted. What do you do? KEEP GOING! Don’t let the enemy make you quit your fast because you slip up and at a chip or saw something on Facebook! KEEP GOING! God will honor your commitment if it’s sincere.
John 14:15 says, “If you love me, you’ll keep my commandments.” The third way to maintaining your strength with God, and resistance to the Devil is that you MUST BE OBEDIENT TO GOD. When Samuel finally realized that it was God who had been calling him, he instantly was obedient and ready to answer the request of the Lord, “Here I am, Lord. Your servant, ready to listen.” (1 Samuel 3:10) When Ruth was faithful to her mother-in-law, Naomi, by not returning home to her homeland of other gods, God blessed her ( Ruth 1:16). Because she was obedient and worshiped the same God Naomi did, the true God, He blessed her to run into Boaz, who would later redeem Naomi’s family. It was also because of this faithfulness and obedience that she bore a son, who would start the bloodline for King David…and then later on Jesus Christ. Because Mary was obedient to God’s plan for her to bore a son, she gave birth to the same Jesus that would later go to the cross for the sins of the world. Obeying God may lead you on journeys that you will probably be afraid of, and sometimes will require you have to step out on faith. However, know that when you trust and obey God, he’ll prepare the way for you, making every cricket road straight. “Be still, and know I am God.” ( Psalm 46:10)
If you half do this walk with Christ, you will NEVER reach the full potential that He has for you, and you will ALWAYS be exposed to Satan . If you dibble and dabble with God loosely, don’t ever expect anything from Him. “A unstable man should not expect anything from God ( James 1:6-8). As a believer, we will walk through some difficult moment, however, if we remain faithful to the call, God will exalt us in due season. Your enemy’s plan is to distract you. Throw things in your way to get you side tracked, soon you’ll feel like God is so far from you. Keep pressing. Focus on the matter at hand. This is a fixed battle. We as the people of God have already won this battle, and Satan knows that. He knows that his time is limited, so he needs to take as many people with him as he can. Remain faithful, and consistent with God; pray, fast, seek His face, read, worship, praise in those hard times and OBEY the things that God instructs you to do, keeping in mind that “All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord, and are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
– W.A.V.E ❤