People like consistency. We like consistency in our relationships. We want our spouse’s attitude to remain the same. Not, happy in the morning then angry in the evening. We like consistency from our supervisors. We want a supervisor to treat everyone the same. We like consistency from our children in school. Not, one semester making straight A’s then the next semester C’s and D’s.

God understands our desire for consistency. When someone is consistent, it makes it easier for us to put our trust in them. God reassures us that He’ll remain consistent through His Word. He told us that He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. If He did it before, He’ll do it again. That’s awesome.

Some of us know God is consistent, but certain situations attempt to scare us into thinking God won’t fulfill His Word. Don’t give into fear. If He said it, He meant it. He is and He’ll always remain consistent. Put your faith, hope, and confidence in God’s Word.

Malachi 3:6 “Because I, the LORD, do not change, you descendants of Jacob have not been destroyed.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Satan’s plan is to influence our minds with his ideas. His schemes are so clever until they seem like our own thoughts. They appear logical and intelligent.

Revelation 12:9 says, Satan deceives the whole world. To be deceived means a person thinks they’re right but, they’re actually wrong. Since Satan is the master deceiver, he’s deceived the most intellectual people into thinking God doesn’t exist. A combination of Satan’s deception and facts provides great arguments as to why God doesn’t exist.

Since certain people are viewed as intelligent, they have a following. If we were the devil, wouldn’t it make sense to deceive intellectual people who can influence others? Those people learn deceptive arguments from intellectuals that can influence others.

At the end of the day, it’s all about what we choose to believe. We can be deceived into believing books as to why God doesn’t exist. These books give us no hope for our future. We just cease to exist when we die. Or, we can believe the book (The Bible) that shows us the way to get to God.

Don’t be deceived. Believe the Word of God.

Revelations 12:9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

It’s important to know our enemy, the devil (2 Cor. 2:11). Satan’s only attack is to influence our minds with his ideas. His schemes are so clever until they seem like our own thoughts.

Another thing Satan has convinced a lot of people of is satanically influenced free will/free choice. We’re living in a time where people are encouraged to do whatever feels good to them. If people want to get high, that’s okay. If people want 20 sexual partners, that’s fine. If people want to spend all their money on clothes, do what makes you happy. And if anyone criticizes these behaviors, they’re in the wrong.

God’s Word is clear about these subjects but, satanic influence of free will often overrides God’s will. God didn’t make these rules for the sake of making up rules. He’s our Creator and knows what’s best for our lives. He knows these behaviors can destroy our lives, destroy His design for family, and destroy our future.

Don’t allow Satan to destroy what God has planned for you. Strive to obey God’s Word. He knows what is best for every part of our lives.

Revelations 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

It’s important to know our enemy, the devil (2 Cor. 2:11). Satan’s only attack is to influence our minds with his ideas. His schemes are so clever until they seem like our own thoughts. They appear logical and intelligent.

One thing Satan has convinced some of is his lack of existence. People believe Satan is not real and he’s not making people do bad things. People do bad things from their own decisions.

How clever is that? He’s convinced some that he doesn’t exist meanwhile, they’re unknowingly doing his will, but thinking it’s their own ideas. Those people are partially correct. He’s not making us do anything, but his influences can be so strong until it seems like our ideas.

People are spreading hatred, but thinking they’re just being honest. Their relationships are crumbling, but they’re thinking they’re just acting on how they feel. Impulse decisions are being made but, they’re thinking they were acting out of wisdom.

Satan is real. His influential thoughts that seem like our own or like good ideas are meant to destroy our lives. Before acting on any decision, consult God three times, if necessary, to confirm if it’s His will or not.

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

2 Corinthians 2:11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

In war, a country uses spies to provide intelligence about their enemy. In sports, a team views film to know the strengths and weakness of their opponent. If knowing an enemy or opponent is important in the natural, one would think it would be very important to know our ultimate enemy: the devil.

The devil can’t just invade our lives without our consent. He can’t just freely possess our bodies like in the movie The Exorcist. The devil’s only attack is to bombard our thoughts with ideas and suggestions contrary to God’s Word and His will.

He’ll tell us we can’t make it. Life is not worth living. We’ll never have that type of money.
He’ll tell us to cheat on our spouse. Cheat on our taxes. No one will know.
He’ll tell us to stay where we are for job security when we know God called us to bigger and better things.

If we act on those ideas or internalize those lies, we’re being influenced by the devil.

Get to know God’s Word and His will for your life. Submit to God’s will and resist the influences of the devil and he will flee (James 4:7).

2 Chronicles 20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set his face to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

The Ammonites came to battle Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat didn’t know what to do. As king, Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast to seek the Lord throughout Judah. Everyone, including children, sought the Lord for an answer. As they sought the Lord, the Spirit of the Lord came upon an ordinary person (Jahaziel). Jahaziel gave the king a plan of action that ultimately gave Jehoshaphat the victory (v. 14-18). Jehoshaphat proclaimed the fast, but Jahaziel provided the answer.

As heads of our households, if a problem arises and we don’t know what to do, have the family seek the Lord through a fast. A fast amplifies the voice of God. Like Jehoshaphat, the answer may come through someone else. It may come through our spouse or even our children. Some mistakenly assume that because children are young, they can’t hear the voice of God. Let’s not forget Joel 2:28 which says, our sons and daughters will prophesy. This concept also works with believers at work. Proclaim a fast to improve productivity or provide a solution to an unanswered problem at our places of employment.

So, fast and be in tune as we seek the Lord.

2 Chronicles 20:12 O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”

When we don’t know what to do. Look to God. Life can be so troubling and confusing until we don’t know what to do. That’s when it’s most beneficial to look to God.

Look to Him through His Word. Read His Word regarding what He’s promised us despite what our circumstances say.

Look to Him through prayer. Communicate with God. Tell Him all that you’re going through and expect Him to talk back. He’ll provide a daily plan on how to maintain your sanity and how to overcome those circumstances.

Look to Him through fasting. One day, two days, or ten days. It doesn’t matter. Fasting silences the things within us and around us and amplifies God’s voice.

No matter if the problem is great or small, this is how we overcome. Look to God and get your answer.

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.

A born-again believer who is filled with the Holy Spirit can laugh. It may shock some people, but we can enjoy ourselves too. It’s not a sin.

We don’t have to be this deep somber person with only spiritual things on our minds. Through Christ, we have the freedom to laugh and have a good time (Rom. 8:1-4; Gal. 5:1). We can see entertaining movies, play games, go to a comedy show and more.

Just know, we don’t have to limit ourselves to reading the Bible, listening to only Christian music, and watching only Christian TV. That’s extremely beneficial for us but, it’s not the only thing we can do. We can be holy and have fun.

If we’re not in control of our emotions, our emotions can lead us down the wrong direction. We all know about negative emotions such as, depression, anger, and hatred. These emotions can lead us to suicide, imprisonment, and becoming a bitter person. We focus on negative emotions but, “positive emotions” can lead us down the wrong path as well.

We may have the positive emotion of excitement to make an impulse purchase. That excitement will eventually fade but, we’re stuck with debt or an item we really don’t use. We may have happy feelings in a relationship that will have us marrying a person too soon. After a year into the marriage, we may see the true side of our spouse and not be satisfied with our decision.

We were never meant to be controlled by our emotions. We are to be led by the Spirit of God. He will tell us how to handle that situation when we get angry. He will also show us how to calm down and make a wise decision. Let’s control our emotions and allow the Spirit of God to direct us in all our ways.

Galatians 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

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Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”

For every born-again believer, Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law. Cursed means, empowered to fail. The curse is still operational and being felt by the world but we, the believers, have been rescued from the curse and placed into the blessing.

The curse of the law can be found in Deuteronomy 28:15-63. Some of those curses include cursed in our bodies, in our careers, and in our families.

Our redemption from the curse is good news for the believer. If we see something in our lives that appears cursed, we can use our God-given authority to declare that thing line up with the blessing. If it seems like our bodies are constantly being attacked with sickness, we tell our sickness we’ve been redeemed from the curse and we tell our bodies to line up with the blessing. If we’re being attacked with feelings of depression, we tell depression we’ve been redeemed from the curse and we tell our mind to line up with the blessing.

Whatever the situation is, reverse the curse and release the blessing. This is our covenant right we have in Christ. Use it!

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