Did you know that the devil is the same old, sorry devil he’s always been since iniquity was found in him? The only way he can beat you at the game of life is if you let him and, even then, he has to use your power and authority to do it! He has to get you to use your own “believing force” in a manner and way that is to your detriment.
If we bombard our senses with the truth and steadfastness of the Word of God; however, and our thought life is occupied with thoughts of the Word (we know this as “meditation”) THEN our “believing force” is directed toward these things and we know it as – faith!
Here’s the key though . . .
IT IS OUR CHOICE!
WE CHOOSE whether we live by faith or whether we live by fear! We know from Habakkuk 2:4, Galatians 3:11 and Romans 1:17 that the just must conduct themselves and operate by FAITH in order to experience LIFE!
Let’s look at two scriptural examples of “just” men living their lives. Turn over to the book of Job. Right away, we’ll establish two things:
- Job is an upright and just man. Job 1:1,8
- Fear is what put Job’s life in the devil’s hand. Job 3:25-26
Job was an upright man who knew God. He obviously knew the operational principles of God. He knew about making sacrifices, etc. Unfortunately however, satan was able to get to Job’s thoughts to the point where he began worrying about his children. He worried about it to the point that he said it and then he put corresponding action to his fear by continually making sacrifices for the same thing over and over.
“And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.” – Job 1:5 KJV
Now, satan was doing what he always does. He was “going to and fro in the earth and walking up and down in it.” Why? “Seeking whom he may devour!” (1 Peter 5:8 KJV)
Because Job had not done 1 Peter 5:7, then he became a person whom satan could devour!
“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. [Ps. 55:22.]” – 1 Peter 5:7 AMPC
When Job took the cares, anxieties, worries and concerns about his children, he put the laws of fear into motion. Satan was then able to come to God about him. Satan tried to get God to put His hand on Job but God wouldn’t do it! Job had already put his family in satan’s hand because of fear and satan did what he always does – steal, kill and destroy.
Now look over at Mark chapter 5 and we will see an example of a different choice in action. You know the story. Jesus is on His way to Jairus’ house to heal his daughter when He gets delayed by the healing of the woman who used to have the issue of blood. Let’s pick it up in verse 35.
“While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.” – Mark 5:35-36 KJV
Jairus was also a “just” man. He was the leader of the synagogue but now he has a choice to make on how he is going to conduct his affairs of life.
He heard the lies of the devil – “your daughter is dead.”
He heard the truth of the Word of God – “Stop the fear! Believe only!”
Believe what? What he already said in verse 23, “come and lay your hands on her that she may be healed AND SHE SHALL LIVE!”
Thank God THIS just man chose to live by faith and therefore experience LIFE instead of death! Glory to God!
Here is some great news! Even if you have made the decision (maybe without even knowing it until now) to exercise fear instead of faith, IT IS NOT A PERMANENT CHOICE!
Bless God, Job realized his choice and repented! (Job 42:6) when he prayed for his friends in faith, he got back TWICE everything satan had been able to devour previously!
Say this in faith, “I make the decision today to never operate in or by fear ever again from this day forward! Father, as an act of my will and with Your help, with Your power, with Your wisdom and with Your Word, I stop the fear now! I believe only! And I will experience life and life more abundantly because the life which I now live in this flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God! Amen!”
You have just closed the door to the devil!