“WHAT IS THE DEVIL AFRAID OF”

“WHAT IS THE DEVIL AFRAID OF”

  1. Why is the devil always looking to devour believers?

He is always trying to weaken your passion for your dream.

When the prophet Habakkuk said to “wait for” a vision that’s coming (Hab. 2:3), he didn’t mean you should sit in your recliner and stare at your watch. The word wait in Hebrew means, ambush.

  1. He is afraid of you knowing

Every day on earth you are actually becoming what you already are!

Here is what I mean by this:  You and I are in the process of becoming what God has already declared us to be. Jesus declared that Simon was already Peter, but then we see the relationship they had and all the mistakes Peter made while becoming the person God ultimately wanted him to be (Matt. 16:16-19)

  1. He is afraid of you sowing seed.

The fact that an enemy has surfaced in your life is an indicator that there are unborn seeds in you. The enemy doesn’t show up because of what you’re already doing; the enemy shows up to steal what is yet to be born.

The fact that an enemy has arisen in your life is an indicator that a seed is about to manifest itself.

When an enemy arises, God is allowing the resistance, because He knows what’s on the inside of you and needs it to come out.

When you see the word seed, think about potential.  Everything that has to do with something or someone’s potential is wrapped up in seeds.  The impact will not be made by what the seed is: it will be made manifest through what the seed has inside of it. Whenever God has declared something over your life, He put the seed of those things He has declared on the inside of you.  That’s why Eccl. 3:11 says that God has put eternity inside your heart.

That’s what the Enemy is after – he wants what’s inside of you.  He is after the dream that has not been born, the vision that has not come to pass.  He is after the you that you can be, the identity, and the life you’re not living yet.

This is one reason why people get frustrated with the Bible and claim that it is confusing.  The Bible will say a thing to us that contradicts our conditions.  We have one set of conditions we see with our eyes that is temporary, but we think it’s here to stay.  God, however, says another thing.  God calls you an overcomer.  It doesn’t mean you are presently overcoming.  God calls you an overcomer because He created you and put potential inside of you for the very conditions you’re facing right now.

The head chef can tell you all the ingredients in a five-star meal because he created it before anyone else was around to see the final product.  He knows all the ingredients. He mashed them together with the ultimate end in mind of pleasing himself and glorifying his craftsmanship through how the meal is received.

Likewise, God knows what’s inside you.  If God says you’re blessed, you may not feel very blessed,  but God called you that because He knows what is in there. When God says you are victorious, it’s not because at that time you are experiencing victory; it’s because He knows there’s a champion inside you.  God knows the potential of the seed He has put in you.

Your enemy knows the potential of that seed too, and so he comes to steal

  1. He is afraid of you trusting

Regardless of the circumstances, Satan may bring into your life to defeat you, God has provided victory.  You can face every trial….every circumstance…every problem without fear, knowing:

  1. God’s ultimate purpose is to do you GOOD
  2. God is in control of ALL your circumstances
  3. God places a limit upon the circumstances Satan can bring into your life.
  4. With every circumstance comes the provision for total victory

Worry is probably the most common and destructive negative force that Christians today must learn to overcome.  Worry is faith in reverse. It causes us to doubt and become fearful…it causes us to take our eyes off Jesus and keep them on our problems.   It hinders us from releasing our faith…. it can even take control of our actions.

Worry is a disease of the spirit… it destroys our faith.  It stunts our spiritual growth…it distorts our spiritual vision.  Worry allows what we hear, see and feel to rule instead of walking by faith, which pleases God and releases His power to work on our behalf.

“Setbacks are opportunities for comebacks from grief or depression. Even when people have counted you out for life, and thought you would never be back: With resilience, commitment, tenacity, and a strategy, you are able to come out of the ashes of adversity!” 

This thought-provoking, page-turner incorporates a plethora of home improvement-driven anecdotes, stories of hope, and magical metaphors, along with Godly wisdom and Agape love. To help illustrate the great deal of work women often put into concealing attitudes, hurts, and unhealthy emotions, Hodge meticulously describes the arduous construction process of “masking” walls. She details how workers first place sheetrock on a wall, fill in cracks with masking tape, and then apply a joint compound to patch up holes and blemishes. In another intriguing tale, Hodge recounts the story of walking through a home still under construction, where she passes by scattered piles of straight and “bent” nails. All of the nails are ostensibly covered by grime (Hodge views it as sin of all sorts), before finally stopping to take a closer look at a particular nail. The author then articulates how the Master Builder picks up defective or “bent” nails, dusts them off, and hammers them back into place.

There are plenty of these engaging, real-life applications designed to encourage readers to reach their point of healing and success. For women battling issues of grief and depression, WUC is the assurance guide that suggests women clear their “leaky pipes,” and find ways to release and transform emotional bondage within the mind. Hodge also delicately confronts sexual molestation by inculcating lessons on self-love and letting go of unwarranted guilt.

This thought-provoking, page-turner incorporates a plethora of home improvement-driven anecdotes, stories of hope, and magical metaphors, along with Godly wisdom and Agape love. To help illustrate the great deal of work women often put into concealing attitudes, hurts, and unhealthy emotions, Hodge meticulously describes the arduous construction process of “masking” walls. The tool workbook offers plenty of these engaging, real-life applications designed to encourage readers to reach their point of healing and success.

Linda G. Hodge

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