Part 1 The Question of failures/affliction – is it always the fault of the devil, me or both?
What we reap out of life as children of God is determined by our heart condition before God, and how we relate to people.
“37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”(Matt.22:37-40).
If there is always a cycle of failure or defeat in certain areas, let us not suddenly or immediately blame the devil (He gets too much credit) or have a “pity party” let us re-examine our hearts before God HONESTLY!!
If we have done all that we have to do and discern from God it is indeed the devil at work, then let’s rise up in prayer or spiritual warfare against his evil schemes. We must believe that we have overcome satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony as children of God (Rev 12:11). We are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us (Romans 8:37).
In addition, if we refuse to live in denial, blaming everyone else including the devil and rather humble ourselves and self examine, allowing the Holy Spirit to convict us, we may also realise that we have had a part to play in what is happening.
There could be unrepented sin against God and/or man. If we repent (1 John 1:9) and determine to change our ways (perhaps there is something we need to do -an action, let’s do it in obedience to God) with the help of the Holy Spirit we are sure to see circumstances change to the glory of God in those areas of our lives we have been experiencing defeat or affliction.
Indeed God needs our cooperation to “iron out the creases”, end the cycle of defeat and fulfil His will in our lives. Let us partner with Him wholeheartedly.
You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!
©Deborah E.Nyamekye 05/02/2016