Surviving the Counterattack 10 August Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Its the moment we love more than any otherthe moment of victory. Its the moment when our healing manifests and the symptoms of sickness finally disappear. Its the moment when Satans attack against our finances or our family is defeated and the breakthrough comes at last. What do you do when that moment comes? Ill tell you what most Christians do. They kick up their heels in celebration. Then, breathing a sigh of relief, they put away their Bible, turn on the television and say, Thank heavens, that battles over! Now I can relax. Big mistake. You see, while theyre taking a spiritual vacation, Satan is planning his counterattack, plotting to snatch the victory from under their very nose. I first began to notice the effectiveness of such counterattacks years ago. Someone I knew, who had been studying a well-known healing evangelist, came to me and said, I believe the Lord has taken His hand off Brother So-and-So. Really? I asked in surprise. Oh, yes, he answered. People are truly healed in his meetings, but when I follow up with them later, many of them arent healed anymore. Although I couldnt agree with his conclusions, I knew something was wrong. People came to this ministers meetings, heard the Word of God, and experienced Gods presence. In that atmosphere of faith, it was easy for them to receive their healing. But when they left the meeting, they didnt take that atmosphere with them. They stepped back into their old, unbelieving lifestyle that had made them vulnerable to sickness in the first place. So when the devil launched his counterattack with a few symptoms, these people just yielded to him. They said, Oh my, I thought I was healed, but I guess I wasnt. Whats wrong with that? you ask. What else could they say? Ill tell you what! They could have said, Look here, Devil. According to the Word, I am healed by the stripes of Jesus. I received that healing at the meeting, and I dont intend for you to steal it. So pack up your symptoms and go! If those people had spoken words like that in faith, and refused to give in to the devil, they could have kept their healing. If they had resisted the devil as it says to in James 4:7, they could have defeated the counterattack. Stop being surprised by the counterattacksand start being prepared for them. Lay a foundation of faith in your life, so when the devil comes like an old windbag and blows some lies, pains and adverse circumstances your way, your victory will not come tumbling down.Job 31-32; Revelation 15I resist the devil and he flees from me. James 4:7
Scripture Reading: 1 John 5:1-4