What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

I am in a quandary. I find myself in a state where I do not know what to do or what direction to take in my life. I do not know whether to move forward or to stand still. To move out in boldness or to cower in fear. Have you ever found yourself in that particular place before?

Everyone who is considered great or successful has found themselves in this spot, I am sure. If success were easy, everybody would be doing it. Since it is not, I will just count myself amongst the special people and will simply take a step, or rather, a leap of faith over the cliff and count on God to catch me or I will grow wings before I hit the ground.

Now, I am usually a pretty confident person in most areas of life. Most of the time, that is. There are times when, like now, I am almost quaking in terror at the thought of taking a step forward and would simply prefer to remain in a fixed position and allow opportunity to slip by me and give someone else a shot at it. But I am not a laying down type of person and would be very unhappy if another took what rightfully belonged to me had I only had the perseverance and the guts to reach out and take the initiative without worrying about the consequences.

I think that is what most people find is the deterrent in going for their dreams. Worrying about the consequences of such an action. They are filled with apprehension and would rather stay in the place of complacency and safety than take a walk into the unknown. I know that I am almost at that place right now, but the Lord will not allow me to rest comfortably in this area. I can feel Him nudging at me to make a move and allow Him to deal with the uncertainty.

You see, God is not just a God Who concerns Himself with sin and satan. He cares about everything that we are involved with. And that includes our decisions. Or, in my case, the lack thereof. If we will allow Him, He will help us with all of our cares and affairs. All we have to do is realize that we cannot do anything of any real import without Him. It says in God’s word that we can do nothing without Him (John 15:5), and that is so true. So many people believe that they do not need the Lord’s help or guidance, or even Him and they go about their lives as though they are independent. When, in truth, without God’s aid, they couldn’t even get up in the morning in order to go out and spend another day without Him in their lives. God help all those who go through life without the Lord.

I know what I am going to do. I am going to take that leap of faith and trust God to keep me from making too much of a splatter of myself on the bottom. For whenever I contemplate the Lord, I remember that I am more than a conqueror just as the word says that I am (Romans 8:37) and that God always causes us to triumph. (“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ,” 2 Corinthians 2:14a) I realize now that all I ever had to do was to count on the word of God and to lean on the Lord and know that He would always be there for me. I never had anything to be afraid of. Not when I have the God of the universe on my side. (“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31) And I said that I didn’t know what to do? Thanks be to God Who gives us the victory through Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 15:57)

Thank You, Father. You always know what to do.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

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My Testimony

My name is Cassie. This is my testimony:

I was born November 3, 1968 in Rock Island, Illinois. I am number nine of thirteen brothers and sisters. We endured a life of horror at the hands of our father. Beatings were often and severe. We were frightened all the time.

I was molested by my mother’s boyfriend from the time that I was seven until I turned sixteen. He watched me as I slept, his silhouette outlined by the light in the hallway.

Loneliness was my constant companion. I didn’t have any friends. In fact, I was bullied all through my school years. I was never invited to parties or dances or football games. I spent my days alone in my room. staring at a poster that I had on my wall. My childhood and young adulthood were miserable years.

My father took my son away from me when he was ten years old and I didn’t see him for eight years until I drove two thousand miles to see him graduate from high school. I didn’t see him for several years more after that. I wasn’t invited to his college graduation.

I lived with a debilitating illness called chronic fatigue syndrome that left me bedridden for 23 hours per day for eight months. I was imprisoned within my own body for four years. I also endured severe chronic pain for five years. There was no part of my body that was not impacted by the pain. I would wake up screaming in the middle of the night from the sheer agony. I begged God to take the pain and to deliver me from the CFS.

I was homeless for two years on the streets of Montana, two thousand miles away from my nearest relative. The stress of being homeless only exacerbated the CFS. No one would help me. I lived in a homeless shelter three times and was always threatened with losing my bed. I cried out to God many a day.

My beloved husband of thirteen years left me in a motel room with no money. He broke from not being able to care for me and ran to save his life. I don’t blame him for leaving. If I could have left myself, I would have. But, alas, wherever I went, there I was. I have not seen or heard from him for six and a half years. I miss him terribly. I wonder if he even remembers our life together. We shared the kind of love that most people only dream of or even hope to find. And life tore us apart and left me to live the rest of mine away from the love of my life. It is as though I am surviving without a vital part of me. Each day without him is as a thousand years. His loss is the worst part of living.

I have suffered for most of my life, enduring things that would break your heart and even your spirit. Just the things that I have shared here were horrendously heartbreaking and it was all I could do to get through the days and nights on my own. Only I was not on my own. There was One Who was always with me, even during the times when I felt all alone.

My life is just like a tapestry. On the back side, there are snarls and kinks and knots and wayward threads blowing in the chill winds of fate. It is this back panel that I spend most of my time seeing. It has seemed as though the Maker of this tapestry had no idea what He was making, or even doing. But He is a Master Artist and has been at work all of my life creating a masterpiece. Every once in a great while, He turns over the tapestry and allows me to glimpse the beautiful creation on the other side and I am amazed at the exquisiteness wherewith the Master has performed His task.

I could go on and recount the many and varied forms of suffering that I have been through in my life and I could explain how they left scars on my heart, but I will not. Instead, I will point you to the One Who took the shattered pieces of my life and made them into a marvelous conception. That One is Jesus. He dried my tears and provided meaning to the pain. Some of that pain I have received insight into and some of it yet remains a mystery, but I trust Him to someday reveal to me why I had to walk the road of suffering for so long. In the meantime, my hope and peace is in Him.

I want you to know that God will take your pain and heartache and make something beautiful out of them. You may not understand right now why you suffer and you could even be angry with God for allowing them. But I assure you that He is not responsible for your pain, yet He is at work in your life, engaged in seeing to it that what you are experiencing will ultimately work out for something good in your life, if you will trust Him and place your life in His Hands.

I want you to see and experience the God that I know. And that is a good God. One full of compassion, mercy, and love. Sure, He chastises His children, but what good parent does not? And yes, there is a side of God that is judgment, but that is reserved for the disobedient and the wicked. The very first step of repentance brings about the mercies of the Lord. He does not want to see even one person in hell, which is why He sent His Son to die for every one of us. Jesus satisfied the holiness of God and God’s justice for sin. He paid the price for sin so that we would not have to and we would be brought back into fellowship with God. For that is what the Lord wants with all of us: fellowship. He wants to have an intimate relationship with us all. So, I will continue to encourage you to come to Jesus.

There is going to come a day when the Lord stops calling. He said to seek Him while He may be found and to call upon Him while He is near. I urge you not to wait until it is too late to reach out to God. Because if you do, you will be eternally regretful and will suffer the consequences. Eternity is too long for you to take your life so lightly and you not to take the Lord seriously. The Lord said that if you are willing and obedient that you would eat of the good of the land. But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.

God has put before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. He urges you to choose life, that it may be well with you and your family.

I may have seemed to take a turn from my testimony, but in all honesty, I have not. My life is about turning people to the Lord now. He took a life that was completely messed up with severe depression, anxiety, and a broken mind. One whose life was shattered, marred, and scarred and made something beautiful out of the pain. He delivered me from all of my fears, and I was one who was filled with fears of every kind. He set me free from the prison that was my mind. For, you see, I was a person who walked around as though I was free, but I was imprisoned by my hang-ups and fears. I may as well have been in an actual prison with bars and doors because my life was very much the same as that of prisoners. And Jesus Christ opened the doors of my prison and set me free.

Now, I live a life of peace. The inner turmoil that went on inside of me has been gone for a long time now. I have joy in my life no matter the circumstance. Yes, I go through trials and endure tribulation, but I am not alone. I have the grace of God to help me and the love of the Father to encourage me and root for me as I deal with this thing called life. And I want the same for you. I am not talking about religion. I am talking about a real-life, true relationship with God. God is real and He has a Personality. He loves and laughs and enjoys the time that we spend together. He is Our Father and He loves us more than I could ever possible express to you in mere words. He wants you in His life. But He will not force Himself on you. Even though that might ultimately cost you your eternal soul if you reject Him and His ways. Don’t do it. I plead with you. I pray for you and ask God’s mercy for you before it is too late.

The Lord said that today when you hear His voice, harden not your heart. (Hebrews 3:15) Don’t just read these words and then go on about your life as though you are fine if you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. You will regret it for all of eternity if you will not accept His sacrifice for you that He made on the cross. Life is short and time is running out. Jesus Christ is on His way back very soon. Do not allow unbelief or pride to keep you away from the greatest love that you will ever know. He loves you. He does not want you to be lost. Give your life to Him. You will forever be glad that you did.

I am happy now. All because of Jesus. All because of the Father and the Holy Spirit. But I am not content  just to be happy myself. I want the rest of the world to be happy, too, and that includes you. Reach out to God. I promise that He will reach back to you.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

God Cares

Do you get the feeling that no one cares about you, that you are left here on this earth all alone? Well, let me tell you that you couldn’t be further from the truth. There is Someone who cares about you more than you’ll ever know. That Someone is God.

The Father loves you. He cares for you deeply. He loves you so much that He actually sent His only Son to die that you might live. Now, that’s love.

God reconciled you to Himself. Meaning that he went to a lot of trouble to bring you back into fellowship with Him. He did this because He loved you, misses you, and wants to be a part of your life. All of your life. The little bits and the big pieces. Nothing that concerns you is too small for God to care about. He cares about everything in your life. And I mean, everything. The bible says to cast (give) all of your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7) I don’t hesitate to give the Lord all that is on my heart and mind because I have been a witness to the fact that God truly does care about everything that I care about. He has shown me too many times for me to doubt that He is on my side and will never leave me nor forsake me. (Hebrews 13:5)

It is an awesome experience to be so loved by One who is able to carry out the things that I have need of. He has all of the resources and is all-powerful. He knows everything and is everywhere at once, so nothing happens that catches Him by surprise. (Read Psalm 139. It is a wonderful passage that tells us that God knows when we get up and when we lie down and that he is acquainted with all of our ways. It also says that he knows our thoughts before they even come to us. Now, THAT is attention to detail! The Psalm also tells us that no matter where we go or what we do, that God is with us. Bless His Name!)

One of the reasons why I love God so much is the fact that He has been there throughout all of the suffering and sorrows I have had to endure in my life. He has never turned His back on me and has used those times to strengthen me and make me a giant-killer! You cannot tell me that God is not real because I have had too many instances in my life when God has shown up and shown out in my circumstances. We all suffer, in various forms. God didn’t invent suffering to torment us or to make us miserable. Suffering is a part of life and no one is exempt from it. God will use the suffering to make you, not break you. If you will allow it. And if you have a positive attitude through whatever trial you are going through. Negative and pessimistic mindsets only cripple you and make the suffering worse and extends its duration. But if you look for the silver lining behind every storm cloud, you will find that the storm will pass over more quickly. I have learned these truths because I have weathered many a storm of suffering. And I am telling you that God will take that very suffering to rid you of your fears. He has used the suffering in my life to deliver me from all of my fears. And I can tell you that I had many, many fears, both real and imagined. Now I live a life of peace, love, and joy.

God is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34) What He does for one, he will do for another. I am nobody special. I am a simple, quiet, compassionate woman who has had more than he share of heartache and suffering and I can tell you that the Lord used it all to deliver me from all of my troubles (Psalm 34:6, 17) and make me the woman I am today.

I used to live with a tornado of tension that lived in my head and heart. I thought that I would have to live with that inner conflict for the rest of my life and would not be free of it until I got to heaven. But the Lord Jesus said to my mind one day, “Peace, be still.” And that inner hurricane was stilled. I am telling you that you can live a life free of turmoil and instead have it replaced with peace. God wants to give that to you. He wants to give you everything good and He promised not to withhold any good thing from those who seek Him (Psalm 34:10).

Seek God. Give Him your cares. He will be right there to catch you when you fall. (“The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.” Psalm 145:14)

God loves you. (“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3) Always has and always will. Let Him love you. He longs to. You are precious to Him. (” Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.” Isaiah 43:4)

God’s word is true. It is impossible for Him to lie. (“Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who has fled for refuse to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast,:” Hebrews 6:17-19a) The Lord God has gotten a bad rap by those who have refused to be obedient to His word and the fact that He is Supreme Ruler over all things, but I am here to tell you that I serve a mighty God. A mighty good God. (“The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works.” Psalm 145:9) Just as He will always be in charge, He will always love and care for you. He will always have your best interests at heart and will always be working to bring to completion His great plan that He has for your life. All you have to do is trust Him. Let Him in. Let Him love you. He sent His Son to die for you so that you can be free. Accept the freedom and come join the family. We are waiting for you. And the second you say yes, a party will begin in heaven and the host of heaven will be celebrating! (“I say unto you that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” Luke 15:7) So, let’s get this party started!

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

There is Room for You

I know that it seems as though you are on the outside looking in at times. As though everyone is having a grand time and you are estranged from the world. I know those perceptions because I have been where you have. I have walked where you have walked. If you have not been delivered from those feelings, the only difference between the two of us is the fact that I have been set free from them and you have yet to be. Take heart. The same God that changed my life is available to take yours and make you a new person. One who is filled with joy and peace. There is room at the table for you. So, come and dine, Jesus says.

The bible says that Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted. He came to set the captives free and set them at liberty who are bruised. He also came to comfort all who mourn. (Isaiah 61:1,2) He came to give you life. A more abundant life. (John 10:10) All you have to do to receive such wealth is to reach out to Him. I promise you that He will reach back.

So much that is not true has been laid at the feet of Jesus by people who do not know Him. And so many have ignored Him and gone on about their lives as though they do not need Him, when in truth none of us live without Him. Oh, you can seemingly walk through life on your own, but when it’s all said and done, only what you do for Christ will last the test of time. And only what He will do for you will bring you any lasting peace in your heart.

Do you know what real peace is? It is an absence of inner turmoil. No conflict of the mind at all. A quietness of the spirit that leaves you sighing with satisfaction. That is the peace that Jesus wants to give to you. (“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27)

Jesus Christ is not only the source of life, He IS life! (“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6) He is all truth, and He is the way. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He died that you might have life.

Without Jesus Christ, we are lost and our souls will burn in hell. Yes, there is a hell. The Lord does not want anyone in hell, which is one of the reasons why He died. But He died to do more than to save you from hell. He died so that you can have that abundant life that I spoke of. We don’t have to wait until we die to experience heaven. We can experience heaven on earth. (“neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21) The things that God has in store for His children are mind-blowing! You don’t want to miss out! (“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9) We haven’t even THOUGHT of even ONE of the things (plural) that the Lord has prepared for His children!

The thing that is most amazing about Jesus, though, is His love for us. Imagine someone giving up their life for you, even when you ignore Him and even despise Him. (“ For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Romans 5:10) Now, THAT’S love. God is even now stretching out His hand to a rebellious people who ignore Him, refuse to obey His commandments and laws (which are for their benefit and so they can have a long and prosperous life), and go their own way as if there was no God in heaven. The love and mercy of God is beyond comprehension.

I urge you to receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life. You will never regret it. But if you do not, there will come a day when you will not only regret that choice, but you will spend an eternity kicking yourself and being tormented by the enemy of your soul, satan. I pray for you. I pray for you each day. I pray for your peace. I pray for your deliverance. And I pray that you experience the love that passes all understanding. (“17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19)

There is room for you at the Lord’s table. There is a spot reserved specifically for you, and you alone. Don’t allow anyone or anything to keep you from being part of God’s great supper. (Read Luke 14:15-24)

I am waiting to pray with you and for you. Contact me and I will do just that. Then the celebration can begin.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

Pain, Life’s Teacher

I find life fascinating. The people in it and the various circumstances that I have found myself. Although I have suffered for most of my life, I still discover a beauty to the grand pageant of nature’s existence that caused me to gasp my breath.

I have always listened to the silence of solitude and have learned the lessons that it has taught me well. One of those teachings has been that life has not been the harbinger of doom that I used to believe that it was because I had been through so much pain and hardship. There is a class and dignity all their own that I would not have discovered had I not been through the sufferings I had endured. For with suffering comes a bridge of glory that only those who have been there comes to know.

When I allowed the pain to teach me instead of beat me, there emerged vitality and vigor within me that surprised me. There was more to me than I thought.

No matter what you are going through, life is still good. I’ve heard it said once that every day above ground is a good day and I hold to that tenet. Every day that we are blessed with another day alive is a blessing not to be squandered, but appreciated. Things may be difficult for you right now, but trust that you will get through it. Our trials and troubles come to pass, they don’t come to stay, although the wait for them to end may seem interminable. Hang in there. It’s going to get better. I know what I am talking about. When I was homeless on the streets of Montana, I was so frightened. But the Lord brought me through that period of my life and I can only thank Him for allowing me to go through it all because I learned many lessons and I gleaned most of all that I am a strong woman full of compassion. That time didn’t break me. It made me. And that is why I believe God allows us to go through hard times. To develop and strengthen our characters and for us to see what we are made of. For us to know that we are stronger,  smarter, and more resilient that we at first believed.

Pain is a perfect equalizer. It does not care about your station in life, or about your bank account. It does not care how many credentials you have. It is an equal opportunity teacher. Yes, I said that pain is a teacher. There is much that suffering and sorrow can train you for, if you will allow them to and do not allow self-defeating behavior like self-pity or bitterness to cloud your view to what suffering is trying to say. Because heartache has much speaking to do in your life if you will do what I do, and that is to embrace it instead of fighting against it. Don’t fight your suffering. Ask yourself and, more importantly, ask God what this particular situation has come to do for you. If you can get past the pain of suffering, you will find gems of wisdom and grace waiting to bless instead of curse. Of course, all suffering seems but a curse when we are experiencing it, but that is not true.

My suffering has made me wiser. It has made me more compassionate. It has taught me how to appreciate the beauty that is life and not to take anything for granted. Those things have made it all worth it. Because I would not have discovered them had I not been through the harrowing and hair-raising circumstances that I have been through. In retrospect, I wouldn’t change a thing. I would not have chosen to be homeless. I would not have picked for my husband to leave me after thirteen years of a grand love affair that would rival the greatest love stories ever told. I would not have signed up for the CFS that ravaged my body for four years, nor for the severe chronic pain that routinely kept me up screaming in torment. But you know what? I would not go back and alter any of those things because they made me the person I am today and that is a pretty fantastic person. And I wouldn’t be the kind of person that can take adversity and tribulation and use them to my advantage. Because I am able to help people who I never would have had the privilege of assisting if I had not had a message of hope.

Hope is what I have gotten the most of from my many years of sorrow and suffering. And hope is a commodity that is missing in this world. This age is filled with pessimistic people without hope, and to be without hope is to be without anything to live for. For it is through hope that we rise like a phoenix and fly another day.

If you have lost your hope, let me assure you that there IS hope. All you have to do is embrace what you are going through instead of complain about it or rail at the fates for bringing it into your life. Our hardships come for two reasons. One is because it is simply part of the pilgrimage of life. And the second reason is this: to make more of you than you ever thought or hoped you could be. So, instead of being angry at your circumstances, take a page out of my book and be grateful  instead. Believe me, if anyone has a reason to be bitter at the fates of life and a “right” to hold onto anguish and rage, it’s me. But that does not get you anywhere and I am of the mindset that I do not do things that waste my time or zap my energy or take away from my spirit. Anger and unforgiveness are two things that do just that. So, my very sage advice to you is to let go and let God.

Give the Lord God your pain. His shoulders are big enough to handle them and to hold onto you at the same time. He specializes in formulating victories where no victory is in sight. He is the God of the impossible. There is nothing He cannot and will not do for you, for He loves you immeasurably. As I’ve said before, I know what I am talking about. I have had a life of sheer hell and the Lord brought me through it all and all I can do is thank Him for it. If you give Him your hurts, you will be saying the same thing. Guaranteed.

Be encouraged

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

There is Help for You

I find life fascinating. The people in it and the various circumstances that I have found myself. Although I have suffered for most of my life, I still discover a beauty to the grand pageant of nature’s existence that caused me to gasp my breath.

I have always listened to the silence of solitude and have learned the lessons that it has taught me well. One of those teachings has been that life has not been the harbinger of doom that I used to believe that it was because I had been through so much pain and hardship. There is a class and dignity all their own that I would not have discovered had I not been through the sufferings I had endured. For with suffering comes a bridge of glory that only those who have been there comes to know.

When I allowed the pain to teach me instead of beat me, there emerged vitality and vigor for the very things that made me weep. Life is a paradox. What brings sorrow also causes great joy. There came a refreshment of spirit as I let the anguish of soul develop my character. A sharpened character is of great value and more to be sought after than all of the treasures of the earth. Which is why I am grateful that God allowed me to go through all of the hell that I endured because it built me into the woman that I am today. And that woman is strong, compassionate, and knows how to take blows from adversity and affliction. I know how to take a hit and keep right on going. And that is what we all need to know how to do. Take a lickin’ and come back kickin’!

If you are going through any type of hardship in your life, I want you to know that you can make it through it. What you are going through will not last forever. There is a way out of the pain. And that way out is Jesus Christ. He is the One Who has been through precisely what you have, so is able to bring you out. (“For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” Hebrews 2:18) He has been where you have been. And so have I. I know how it is to suffer, which is why I offer you my support and prayers. Together with the Lord, we will pull you out of your pits of depression and your heartaches and pain. Let us.

Contact me and allow me to pray for you. I promise you that God will lift you up and make you strong. Try me. Try Him.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

satan’s defeat!

 

There was once a time in my life when I thought that I could never be happy. I went through day after day unhappy in my spirit and I expected things to continue in that vein for the rest of my life. I did what I could to bring some measure of contentment to my heart, but nothing I did alleviated the sorrow that dogged my steps.
I tried self-help books and I listened to motivational speakers and I exercised. I spent many hours at support groups offering cheer and encouragement and that helped for a while, because when you help others that lifts your own spirits as it is better to give than to receive.
I followed the bible’s precepts and commandments and prayed to God for many an hour. I walked Jesus’ footsteps as best I could, yet there was something missing. I continued to be troubled in my soul. I was confused because I had believed that if I followed God, all of my troubles would be over and I would be in a perpetual state of happiness for the rest of my time on the earth. But that was not the case.
For, you see, we have an enemy whose only job is to kill, steal, and to destroy, and that enemy’s name is satan. Just as many of us do not believe that there is no God, there are just as many who do not give credence to the existence of the devil and satan has been using that naivety to do just what he is on this earth to do: kill, steal, and destroy. He hates you and his only aim is to take everything from you that he can and to make you utterly miserable. He is out to destroy you and everything that you care about.
Before I learned about spiritual warfare and the wiles of the devil, I simply thought that I was not meant to be happy. But that deceiver was lying to my mind and I was falling for his lies and schemes hook, line, and sinker. But as I learned about the wiles (that means schemes) of satan, I also learned that I am more than a conqueror through Him that loves me. (“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 8:37) I also have power over satan and all of his kingdom. (“ Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19)
We do not have to fear satan because greater is He Who is in us than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4) Once I started putting the enemy under my feet, my happiness quotient went through the roof. It was satan all along who had not wanted me to know who I was in Christ so that I would be ignorant of his devices. (“ lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” 2 Corinthians 2:11)
I want you to know that you can be free in Jesus. I want you to know that you can be happy and fulfilled. But that knowledge cannot and will not come from me without a word of warning to you. We have an enemy to contend with. The best news about that is the fact that satan is already defeated. Jesus defeated him on the cross and made an open spectacle of the enemy. We fight a defeated foe. The only thing that satan can defeat us with are deception and lies. As long as you are walking in the truth of the word of God and keeping sin out of your heart and life, satan has absolutely nothing that he can do to defeat you. Sure, he’s going to fight you because that is the snake that he is, but he has already lost the battle. Soon, and very soon, he will be tossed into the lake of fire where he will burn for all eternity. (“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Revelation 20:10) That’s fantastic news, isn’t it? That great deceiver that has been causing all sorts of hell and havoc will finally get his comeuppance and will be tormented night and day forever and ever. That makes me so happy!
You do not have to fear satan. All you have to do is rebuke him in Jesus’ Name and walk in the love and light of the Lord God. The Lord came to heal the brokenhearted and to set the captives free. He came to give us love and peace and joy and He will do just that as you put your trust in Him.
Oh, blessed be the Name of the Lord.