We were going through a tough time financially many years ago. I had just gotten up from praying and asking God to help us in our finances before work that day, and when I got into my car, to my surprise, it wouldn’t turn over. You can imagine my first thoughts: “What? I just prayed about this, and now I’m going to have a big bill to fix whatever it is! God! Didn’t I just ask you to help us in our finances? Don’t you know we don’t have enough money for repairs right now?” But then, I thought a moment.
Who hates me more than anything, and wants to give God a bad name? Who wants to steal my peace and joy that I just had in my prayer time? Who wants me to start off this day mad, worried, and upset? Oh. That would be Satan!! With that in mind, I rebuked those anxious thoughts and said out loud, “Satan, you will not destroy me today. I trust God no matter what, and in the name of Jesus, I tell you get off and out of my car!” I turned the key again, the engine started right off, and I went happily on to work.
Now, I’m not saying it always works like that, but we must begin to trust God more than the difficult things that happen in our lives. God told Joshua as he was preparing to take that great multitude of Hebrews into the promised land filled with walled cities and powerful armies, to make sure that the Word of God was not just in his heart, but in his mouth.
Joshua 1:8 (NIV) Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Remember, we are in a war. We are in a spiritual war that must be fought the way our Commander in Chief says, with the word of God in our hearts and mouths. We say the scriptures. When we are tempted to believe that God has left us, we do what the New Testament writer says,
Hebrews 13:6 ….for He Himself has said, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you, so that we confidently say, "THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?"
When things are completely messed up and you are tempted to say nothing good can come out of this mess, it is too bad, that is the time you must say:
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
When we wrongly feel God is punishing us, we say God’s truth:
Hebrews 12:6 For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives.
We can not afford to sit back and listen to the words of the enemy of our souls and not respond. Jesus responded to the devil when tempted in the wilderness by quoting the Word of the Lord. If the Son of God needed to resist the devil that way, surely we must also. And if we do, we win.