Yes the devil is powerful; he has power to inflict untold pain and suffering even on God’s own elect, he has the power to put seemingly insurmountable obstacles on our journey towards success, because he takes delight in seeing us suffer, he has the power to manipulate our perception… but if we tell ourselves the truth, sometimes, these unfortunate occurrences are within our very control.
Isn’t it pretty ironic how as Christians we tend to blame the devil for virtually everything in our lives that goes wrong when, most times it’s all a shield from telling ourselves the glaringly painful truth,– if only we had summoned courage to face those challenges head on, things, most often than not, may have turned out differently!
The big picture; the devil and his handiwork can be traced to our poor grades, financial stagnation and bad relationships…. Yes, there’s always some unseen force somewhere working diligently against us, blah, blah, blah, but let’s pause for a minute, have you ever wondered why so called “unbelievers” seem to always have things going on well for them? Isn’t the devil hell bent on bestowing perpetual misery on them too? – Action! That’s the only difference!!! Truth be told, most of these issues we face are basically consequences of our inactions.
A guy needs a job and goes to the lord in prayer – Perfect, right? Yeah, but when he decides not to back that request up with action, strategically positioning himself for recruiters to find him, how feasible is a change? Just like a lady who yearns to get married; she’s loudmouthed and rude and has no qualms disrespecting anyone who dares cross her path, after all – “That’s just me, I don’t take nonsense”, she brags unrepentantly but at the same time, she puts on the cloak of humility when she runs constantly to the lord-“prove yourself as God and put my enemies to shame”, she cries, funny, she forgets that her attitude is a major obstacle by itself!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I know it’s good to pray, to attend vigils and to speak the word into every trying situation we find ourselves, but the question is – ‘How effective is just prayer without work?’ What if we made conscious effort to channel half of that energy into complementing the infallible word of God, wouldn’t many pages of our lives blossom in fulfillment?
It’s high time we tell ourselves the truth and stop calling the name of the lord in vain! Yes God said – “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14), “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7), but we consciously omit portions of the bible which state – “The worker deserves his wages”( 1 Timothy 5: 18 )… “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel (1 Timothy 5:8 )… “The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of THINE hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow (Deuteronomy 28:12)”…
It is high time as Christians we quit making a mockery of the name of the lord, get those nails dirty, and work! Don’t just sit there looking all pretty! True, he’s the Omnipotent God, the Almighty father who’s willing to help and he is more than willing to help make our journey smoother, but God’s not going to jump down from heaven to do it. Let’s play our part too. #JustSaying
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