This is picking up right where we left off in the last lesson. Right after we answered the four questions regarding spiritual warfare, ending in scripture Malachi 3:2-3 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like launders’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord and offering in righteousness.” – here we go!
Even in this time of tempering, of refining, of ‘fixing’ (that’s I what call this – I’m broken with so much worldly stuff and he is fixing me) we have to realize the big picture.
Please be aware – this is something I struggle with day-to-day. He is a God of the here and now but He is also the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, and everything in between.
“A single thread in a tapestry, though its color brightly shines, can never see its purpose in the pattern of the grand design! And the stone that sits on the very top of the mountain’s mighty face, does it think it’s more important than the stones that form the base? SO how you can see what your life is worth or where your value lies? You can never see the eyes of man, you must look at your life, look at your life -through heaven’s eyes!” – Prince of Egypt Through heaven’s eyes
This song is all about Moses not short changing himself and getting him to look at himself through heaven’s eyes. He had NO idea of what God was going to do with his life in the future and look at what God did! (Granted this is a movie, but God still did loads through Moses and I’m sure when he started out He himself had doubts. Humans doubt, especially when it’s a God event and it is MASSIVE)
You have no idea what God is going to do in your future, what He is going to use you for. What he is currently using you for (remember the one-third rule? We have no idea what is going on beneath the surface of others)
Don’t short-change yourself simply because you can’t see Him working because He is. He has called you and he will qualify you because that is what He does. Judges 6:11-13
The angel of the Lord says “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” He replies “Pardon me, my lord, but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?…” Gideon doesn’t even think enough of himself to be singled out by the Lord – he includes others as part of this proclamation. God has chosen YOU! (It’s ok to realize this about yourself because He has done it for everyone)
You are part of the big picture.
So part of realizing the big picture is seeing and believing that the devil is defeated.
Luke 10:17-19 “The seventy-two returned with joy and said, Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heave. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
You MUST remember this – it is vital to successful warfare. Don’t believe the propaganda he is throwing at you, it is deception.
Propaganda (modern definition): information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
Soooo his propaganda is all lies. It is in its very nature biased and misleading, leading you away from God and angrily biased against God. Don’t read it, don’t listen to it, and don’t give it any credence. Focus on instead God’s word, His truths, and His Word says about you.
Do not doubt that which God says about you. God loves you, you are his kid, his child, the apple of his eye. The devil is trying to tell this world that we are all accidents, we have no purpose – that is so not true. You tell that devil he’s a liar, there is no truth in him, he is the father of lies.
John 8:43-45 “Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!”
Follow Jesus’ example and kindly tell him to shut up with scripture – in the right context. He can take scripture and twist it so know your scripture and use it properly. It is our Sword after all – we can have a gazillion swords, but if we don’t know how to use it properly then we’ll probably only hurting ourselves.
2 Corinthians :10-11 “Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven – if there was anything to forgive – I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”
The devil is crafty and wily but our God will expose to the light which he would wish to keep hidden. God will expose the devil’s plans or open our eyes to the problem as well as God’s solution. The way to do have that done is to pray. Ephesians 6:19