There’s an old fable that says the devil once held a sale and offered all the tools of his trade, to anyone who would pay the price. They were spread out on the table and each one was labeled. Hatred, malice, envy, despair, sickness, sensuality — all the weapons that everyone knows so well. But off to one side, lay a harmless looking wood-shaped instrument which was marked “discouragement.”
The instrument marked discouragement was old and worn looking, but it was priced far above all the rest on Satan’s tools.
When asked the reason why, the devil replied, “Because I can use this one so much more easily than the others. No one knows that it belongs to me, so with it I can open doors that are tightly bolted against the others. Once I get inside, I can use any tool that suits me best.”
As that fable indicates, our enemy is sneaky.
Be serious, be alert! Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour (1 Peter 5:8).
The enemy will whisper lies into our ears. That first thought is not sin for it is the devil speaking. But when we rehearse that thinking, we have become our own enemy, for by rehearsing the enemy’s lies, makes us a partner with him in building up a stronghold in our lives.
Hagan got a part in the play. In order to learn his part, he had to rehearse it, time and again. By going over his part, he knew just what he was supposed to do, and when.
Now when you have a speaking part in a program, someone gives you your lines, you don’t just make them up as you go. Then you read through your lines, and rehearse them by saying them over, and over, and over until you know them.
Well it is the devil who gives those lines of doubts and discouragement to you, by whispering them to you in a way that sounds just like you. And believe me, he is a fantastic impersonator. When we take those lines, the devil has given us, and rehearse them, by thinking about them time and time again, we are learning a part that eventually will cause us to act.
That is why it is so very important to recognize the enemy as the source of our discouragement. Once you do that, the battle is half won. Take those thoughts of discouragement, or any of the devil’s lies to CHRIST (II Corinthians 10:5). In that way, you submit yourself to GOD. Then pick up the sword of the SPIRIT (which is the Rhema- the word of GOD that the HOLY SPIRIT hands you, by reminding you of a verse Ephesians 6:17, Philippians 2:13). Speak that word out loud, like Jesus did in the wilderness. For although the devil can put thoughts into your mind, he can NOT read your mind. By verbally, resisting the devil, he will flee (James 4:7).
For no weapon formed against you shall prosper, but you shall condemn it with your own mouth, for that is your inheritance as GOD’s child (Isaiah 54:17).
PS-a screw placed in Little Hagan’s back during his last back surgery, has moved. So Hagan is scheduled for another back surgery August 29th. Please join me in praying for him. There has been a great deal of pain with each of his back surgeries, so naturally, it is scary for him..
Looking unto JESUS, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.