I felt the warning signs blaring. An emotional bomb was ticking in my soul as I walked out of the door. I had just been in the company of someone that I dare say did not leave me feeling better than when I’d first arrived.
This person wasn’t evil. On the contrary they confess to believe in the same Almighty God that I serve. They simply spoke some words that attacked my faith. It felt like a “get behind me Satan” kind of moment. And the truth is, anyone of us could find ourselves on that side of the coin when we are not trusting God in any given moment.
Just know that whenever you make up your mind to dig your heels in and stand with God, the enemy will find a way to challenge you. And He’ll even use the mouth of a well-meaning friend if he can. Satan is cunning and crafty. He will give you thoughts that you may think are your own. Don’t just accept them without weighing them against God’s Word.
Delilah made Samson think that she really loved him, even though she only wanted the secret to his strength to sell him out. Her seductive ways lulled him into a state of mind that cost him his power. That’s how the enemy operates. He patiently and persistently offers you suggestions, hoping you will by in and take them as your own.
The enemy will say things like, “Why are you praying? It’s not going to change anything. Or God showed up for them, but do you really think that verse is for you?”
The question is what will we do when the enemy comes?
If we accept his suggestions, we sell ourselves out and forfeit the power that is available through Jesus Christ
So for a moment, I felt the challenge of this person’s words, but was quickly reminded that God always provides a way out. I could have taken a familiar road that would have sent me into a melancholy mood, but when you want a God result, you have to do things God’s way.
So I played a worship song and prayed the Word of God. And let me tell you, God is so faithful when we cry out to Him. He soothes the soul like no other.
Do you have a Delilah? Not a person necessarily, but certain deceptive thoughts, that prompt behaviors that are not in line with God’s word. Go ahead ask yourself what thoughts are you getting comfortable with that don’t please God? Maybe it’s just, not taking a step of faith to do something He’s put on your heart.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. –Ephesians 3:20
Don’t be deceived. If we accept the challenge, and don’t allow the enemy to deceive us, God will allow us access to His mighty power.
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Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.