One-Two Gut Punch
“The thief comes but to steal, to kill, and to destroy…” John 10:10KJV
In the dream, I was stressed to get through a school building, carrying something, which had to arrive quickly at the principal’s office. Students were sitting all over the floors in the hallways. To progress anywhere, I had to step between teenagers, because they wouldn’t move. One girl was surrounded with a tightly knit group. She clung to my leg, as I stepped over them.
With the office visit quickly over, I turned to retrace my steps. All students had disappeared. I grabbed for my keys in my purse, finding it otherwise empty. Frantic for my billfold, I noticed trash was strewn everywhere. In the midst of the trash, exactly where the tight knit group of girls had been, something familiar caught my eye— my billfold. It lay empty— gone were my driver’s license, insurance and credit cards. I grabbed the billfold and tried to return to the office, which had disappeared. Teachers met me with disapproval, as I peered in each room looking for the office.
Awakening, our text scripture came into mind. Before sitting up, I began dispatching angels to protect all our belongings, card numbers, everything possible to hack on the internet, or leave us vulnerable to thieves. I took this as a warning for myself. Since pondering this, I’m convinced Holy Spirit was issuing a warning for believers.
Satan is out to steal our stuff, our health, our family, our government, our friends, our values and beliefs in unprecedented ways. People are stressed about the corona virus, presidential election, drug deaths, and the list goes on ad nauseam. Everyone is stressed, under siege, with many sick.
What can we do about these things?
A Facebook post pictured the Bible. Caption said— ‘Get off of Facebook and into THE BOOK.’ The Bible is Jesus speaking into our lives. Begin by dwelling with God in Psalm 91. Speak Psalm 103:1-5 over yourself and family.
God spoke thousands of promises into existence. We can speak them out and base our lives upon each verse’s validity. Every promise comes alive.
— “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” John 14:27ESV. Peace can only be found through Jesus in God’s Word.
— “…to which of the angels… …Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” Hebrews 1:14ESV. Angels are for us to dispatch, as our helpers.
— “For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him. That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory” 2Corinthians 1:20ESV. Can we agree with His words and believe?
In Jay Zins book, ‘The Unveiling’ all end time Christians, who were studying, speaking and living out the Word of God were impervious to the attempts of the antichrist to destroy them. Remember, the five virgins who forgot the bring oil for their lamps, Matthew 25:1-13? For those end time Christians, the act of studying God’s Word gave them oil of gladness, (Isaiah 61:3), for their lamps.
Satan would like nothing more than to snuff us out. Give us a one-two gut punch, stressing us too greatly to study God’s Word, to believe, or to receive what is rightfully ours. We’ve been given the keys to the gates of hell and nothing shall prevail against us, Matthew 16:18-19.
My question is— Are we going to believe Jesus’ words— “…I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly,” John 10:10KJV? Or allow the thief to force us into submission? I’ve decided, and you? It’s your choice. You choose.
PRAYER: Father God, thank You for abundant life. Thank You that no weapon formed against us shall prosper as we stand on Your Word, in Jesus’ name I pray.
by Debbie Veilleux
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