Sometimes the Word of the Lord comes softly, like a gentle breeze on a summer day. Other times it comes thundering and rolling in . . . today is such a wind. Listen to what He is saying:
“the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram, I am your Shield, your abundant compensation, and your reward shall be exceedingly great” –Genesis 15:1
Yehoveh made a tremendous agreement with Abraham. Right after this verse He again promised Abe a son and gave him another promise, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then He said , “So shall your offspring be.” Ah, the infamous Dust and Stars . . . To seal that promise, He told him to take a female heifer and a female goat and cut them in two. Then Abraham was to take a turtledove and a pigeon and lay them on the ground, head to head. Abraham did exactly as he was told, and as these creatures lay bleeding, vultures began to descend on the carcasses. Suddenly, “Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him.” What was this darkness? That description tells us everything: “dreadful darkness . . .” It was Satan in a panic.
How do you think Satan reacts when he sees all the promises of God becoming yours, as you give your life to Jesus? The devil goes into a jealous rage. Then when he sees your firm resolve to go all the way with the Lord, there is only one way for him to react: all hell goes into a panic! Jesus says that the moment–immediately after–the word is sown in your heart, Satan comes to steal that Word. That dirty dog doesn’t wait until a more convenient time, he comes immediately.
So what did Abraham do when the vultures came? Scripture says he chased them away. Well, the Lord has shown us a way to deal with menacing vultures. We don’t have to be afraid of the devil’s attacks, because we have been given mighty weapons of warfare.
Whenever any voice of doubt or questioning of God comes into my mind, I have to line it up against what I know about my loving Lord. I can’t accept any thoughts as true if they are based on simply what I am feeling in the moment. They have to be measured against Jesus’ promises to me about himself and about the victory he has won for me.
Simply put, if thoughts come to me that are accusing—if they cause doubt and fear, or worry, or are condemning, or bring a sense of rejection—I know immediately they are not from God. Sure, I can even admit that many of the thoughts are probably accurate in the natural. IF I don’t take into account the Sacrifice of Jesus and the Redemption He bought me. But Praise God I don’t have to look at it through natural eyes. We are told to take every thought captive. Take hold of it and bring it into submission by the Word of God.
Everyone of us has to be prepared for these thoughts to come. I’ve said it many times, and I will say over and over until it sinks in. Satan’s only weapon against you are Thoughts, Ideas, and Suggestions. Think of the acronym, T.I.S. Thoughts, Ideas, and Suggestions.
He is a master at deception and he will plant a Thought into your mind that you are going to fail, that you aren’t worthy enough, that you can’t succeed. Then he will Suggest that you just give up, quit, throw down your baseball bat and go home. Ah-ha! Then he’ll suggest you go a different direction, follow a different route. In the case of Abram, he and his wife figured: “Hey, God promised I would have a son, and since you, Sarah, are over-the-hill and can’t have one, here’s an idea, let’s have the son through someone else! Wow! What a great idea . . .” Well, was it? That child through their handmaiden became what we now call the Arab nations. Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea, after all. Hey! Even the Lord Jesus was subject to these kinds of thoughts from the enemy during his wilderness temptation.
When vultures come at you, bringing thoughts of doubt, unworthiness and insecurity, chase them away with God’s Word. The sacrifice that the Lord has led you to make is pleasing to him, and he will honor it.
–Pax et bonum!
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