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I want to encourage us today by helping us to see just four ways our enemy
deceives us and keeps us from receiving all the LORD has desired to give us.
1. He uses Circumstances:
Proverbs 4:20-22 & 25: My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my
sayings, do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your
heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.
Let your eyes look straight ahead and your eyelids look right before you.
What this is saying is:
…..FOCUS ON JESUS ……
Not the problem, situation or circumstances.
I heard a saying many years ago that went something like this: When the enemy
knocks at your door (problem, situation, circumstance) ask Jesus to get the door.
Another way to put it is: Step back and look at the situation and see what is
happening and call on Jesus; our strength, our shield, our protector.
James 1:25 says: But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in
it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed
what he does.
Example: Abraham: Moved to an unknown land. He also believed God to provide a
sacrifice in place of the promised son He gave him.
Stuff goes on all around us: Marriage falling apart, lost your job, son joins a gang,
brother an alcoholic, bill collectors take your car, death, and the list goes on and
on. We are to:
‘Glance’ at the problem and
‘Gaze’ at the Promise.
Did you hear that? I’ll repeat it: Glance at the problem and Gaze at the Promise…….
look into the face of Jesus.
The Word says keep FOCUSED, understand that life happens, but Jesus has given
you a promise……so we lay the problem at the feet of Jesus and say:
“I am Your child,
I do not know how to handle this.
I cannot deal with the pain/problem.
I do not know what to do,
so I give this problem to You.
Thank You for taking care of it for me.”
We must FOCUS on what the Word says about who it is we serve: Verses like:
Hebrews 13:8: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
Matthew 24:35: Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means
John 1:1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God.
John 1:14: and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His
glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
2. Satan himself he is our arch enemy
II Corinthians 10:3-4: Be sober (focused-clear-headed) be vigilant, (watchful, on
guard, alert) because your adversary (enemy) the devil walks about like a roaring
lion, seeking whom he may devour (eat greedily, consume, demolish).
The next verse says: v9: Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same
sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
We are to FOCUS on the promise not on what we see or hear. We are to ‘weigh’
what we hear against the Word (written or Holy Spirit directed). Here are two more
James 4:7: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee
from you. (part of v8) Draw nigh to God (focus on God) and He will draw nigh to
II Corinthians 10:3-4: For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to
the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for
pulling down stronghold. Casting down arguments/imaginations and every high
thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into
captivity to the obedience of Christ.
So we see if we FOCUS on what the Word says and not depend on what we hear in
our mind we may still fight but we know our battle is already won.
We have to step back, in the midst of the storm, and see what is ‘really’ going on. If
we will STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN (to the Holy Spirit) we will see and understand
whether what we are hearing is of God or a ploy to destroy our soul and FAITH.
I know you have heard many times that our mind is the devil’s play house. Well it is
the battleground where we fight most of our battles. He suggests thoughts that if
we ponder on them will lead to doubt and put us back into captivity and bondage.
When we hear negative things or voices, in our mind, we need to remember what
Jesus did and follow His example:
Matthew 4:3-4: “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become
bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Word here is Greek
word: Rhema- God speaking with His mouth to us)
He took the Sword of the Spirit, out of the shaft and used the Word against his
enemy/adversary. Did you hear that? The Word is only effective if we
read/study/ponder it. We must absorb It into our spirit and use It during the battles.
3. Our own fleshly nature wars against us
Our flesh is against us. It wants ‘first’ place again in our lives. It is a daily thing to
keep the flesh under subjection. Jesus again is our greatest example. He
departed often to the mountains or a desert place to pray. To be strengthen by His
Mark 6:46: and when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray.
Luke 5:16: So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
Paul was another example.
I Corinthians 9:27: but I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I
have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
How do we sanctify ourselves? We pray, fast, study, witness, and work.
If we do these things and do not allow life and things around us to distract us we
can and will stay FOCUSED ON JESUS!
4. We allow others to distract us
People can cause us to lose our focus. Say you have a ministry and you are
working very hard doing what the Lord has instructed for you to do. Your prayer
life and study has begun to dwindle, because you are so busy about the Lord’s
All of a sudden satan ‘helps’ you to start looking around at what others are doing.
You notice so and so is not doing whatever, or you hear someone gossiping about
a brother or sister and instead of taking it to prayer, or questioning what they are
doing you begin listening and if you are not careful you will become critical or
finding fault yourself.
Galatians 5:7-9: You ran well, who hindered you from obeying the Truth? This
persuasion (influence, point of view, advice, opinion) does not come from Him who
calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
And again you may have confided in a Christian brother or sister and not meaning
to they will throw some practical but negative thoughts about what it is you are
about to do. This causes doubt to arise in your mind. Hindering you, making you
wonder ‘did I really hear from God’, ‘I wonder if I can really do this’ or ‘how will I
cross that bridge’?
They meant well but you lost your FOCUS; that is you lost what the Lord or Holy
Spirit said. If He said you will cross this river…..then you will cross the river no
doubt about it.
When the disciples got in the middle of the sea and the storm came they lost their
FOCUS, they forgot what HE said:
Mark 4:35: On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us
cross over to the other side,”
Lord help us not to lose our FOCUS, but to seek Your face in the times of trouble.
May we step back and FOCUS on what is really going on.
When we are Christians we are no longer part of this world. Yes we walk and talk
and go about in our fleshly bodies, but we are ‘spiritual beings’ now living in a
fleshly body…..we are expected to change into the imagine of our Savior more and
more each day.
We are given some of the most powerful weapons ever made to overcome our
enemy and become more like our Savior. 1) The Written Word, 2) The Blood of
Christ, 3) The Comforter, Holy Spirit, to strengthen us, and 4) The name of JESUS.
When we study His Word and believe what it says we begin to trust Him more and
more. We begin to separate ourselves from the world by walking in the Truth.
ROMANS 12:1: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to God, which is your
My friends, there is nothing more restful and strengthening than sitting at the feet
of Jesus allowing Him to pour into you and you soaking up His every word. When
we allow ourselves time with Jesus we are able to put our FOCUS ON JESUS and
Romans 8:37: ….we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am
persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers,
nor things present nor things to come, nor height, or depth, nor any other created
thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus
And that, my friends, should make us stand up and SHOUT!
Blessings and encouragement to those who read.
In Christ love
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