Last night my pastor preached an amazing message called, "What to do when the devil is chasing you" So I thought for this weeks devotional, I would simply share with you all his message in my own words...
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" (1 Peter 5:8)
First of all, we, the children of God, REALLY DO have an enemy and he is after us, seeking to devour our souls. The devil is NOT a joke, he is real, he is alive, ANNNNNNNNND he is after YOU!!!
The Bible says that Job was perfect...
"There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil." (Job 1:1) The devil went after Job...
"Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. (Take NOTE right here, the devil is roaming to and fro in the earth, LOOKING for souls to destroy! Literally, he is roaming and looking for YOU!) And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD." (Job 1:6-12)
We know that after this the devil went full force after Job. Job, the wealthiest man in all the land was stripped of all his physical goods, including all his kids. BUUUUUT Job did you NOT curse God as Satan said he would do. The devil met back with God and said its only because I did not touch his body. It was then that the devil got permission from God to smote him physically too. As we know, and if you don't, go ahead to the book of Job and read it for yourself, but Job was struck down with boils all over his body.
TAKE NOTE: That devil could make NO MOVE on Job, without God's permission. So remember, the devil is still NOTHING!!! He's just the little man, BUUUUUUT we know THE BIG MAN!!!
WHAT DID JOB DO WHEN THE DEVIL CHASED HIM???
1. He did NOT curse God as satan said he would. While he did ask God some questions, HE NEVER CURSED HIM!!!
2. He BLESSED GOD!!! "And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD." (Job 1:21)
What should you do when
the devil is chasing you???
PRAISE THE LORD!!! There is NOTHING the devil hates more than our worship to God. That is what got him cast out of heaven, he wanted THE GLORY!!! Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!!! God your bigger than my problem! Your bigger than my failures! Your bigger than my dreams! Your blood is powerful to wash away any sin! Your bigger than the devil! God you are all powerful! You are all mighty! There is power in the name of Jesus! God you are the healer! You are the Prince of peace!
3. The devil IS REAL, buuuuuuut so IS GOD!!! "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him." (2 Choronicles 16:9) While it says that the devil is roaming this earth to and fro, seeking souls, the Bible also says that the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth....GOD DOESN'T EVEN HAVE TO LEAVE HIS THROWN TO SEE, annnnnnd he is watching you, to show himself strong to those who hearts are seeking after him!!!
I just want to encourage you all this week, no matter what is going on in your life, seek after God!!! He is there for you, to show himself strong in your life!!! If the devil is chasing you this week, JUST PRAISE GOD!!! PRAISE HIM! PRAISE HIM! PRAISE HIM!!!
Happy Monday!!! Have a great weak praising Jesus!!!
♥Mary Frances :)