A Voice in the
September 24, 1997
"Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday." (Ps37:1-6)
Sorry to share from "my" experiences again, but I figure, I am a human being; a person with human experiences, just like the rest of you. If I experience certain kinds of 'attention' from the enemy, the rest of you do, too. So, perhaps my solutions might come in handy for you in your circumstances.
The other day I had an absolutely "TERRIBLE" morning! It started out with my cat snubbing his nose at the particular "flavor" of food he got in his dish for breakfast, so he sat up straight next to his dish, staring "darts" at me as I walked by on my way upstairs to get myself ready for the day. Once at work, there were many phone calls from people with "attitude" problems. And then, there was the yucky (once or twice a year occurrence) incident with a customer. And in amongst their nastiness, they decided to ask me if I was a "Christian" ...to which the Holy Spirit stopped my mouth from answering.
Well, let me tell you. These experiences really disturb me, because I do not like confrontation. But in my spirit I "knew" the source of it all, even while it was happening. But I could not understand it, because I was "in-between" writings and VW projects. These kinds of things happen when I'm "presently engaged" in a particular writing, as the enemy's way of harrassing me for doing the Lord's work, or because of the content of particular writings, which is contrary to "his" agenda. But, other than scanning/proofing back issues of TBC, I was not "doing" anything. "Why" was this happening?
And so I stewed, and fretted and was, generally, in a sorry state for a while. Frustrated that I couldn't figure any way that I could have handled the situations any differently than I had. Just feeling all "yucky" inside. ...as the migraine I had had the previous day was attempting to make a come-back.
The next morning in my reading, in sequence, I was at Psalm 36. And you know what? The enemy tried to bog me down in that one chapter. But the Lord had chapter 37 in store for me. "Do not fret because of evildoers." And as I read the chapter, any residual "tension" over the previous day vanished...just like that. The passage confirmed what I already knew...that the attacks were from the enemy. And here it was, God's Word confirming the matter, and the encouragement to "trust in the Lord."
Two lessons/reminders we can receive from this:
1) The enemy who "prowls like a roaring lion" seeking to devour us (1Pt5:8) is skilled in his vicious attacks. He will attempt to discredit our relationship with the Lord. He will try to accuse us to our face, as he does before the Lord.(Job1:9,Rev12:10)
And remember...these attacks will MOST OFTEN come from those claiming to be "Christians." Quite often from pastors and church leaders, themselves. Or other "important" people. ...stay tuned for next week-end's James installment on this...
2) When God has something for you, don't allow yourself to be side-tracked. Jesus had comments about the person putting his hand to the plow, and looking back.(Lk9:62) While there might be room for debate as to that verse's primary meaning, its application can include persistence, endurance, faithfulness.
The one single, most effective method the enemy has, to knock us down and thwart the Holy Spirit's working in us, is if he can keep us from being in God's Word. In my case, it was the temptation to not "go on" to the 'next' chapter. In many cases, it's the temptation to not even open the Book at all!
Paul expresses his desire for us to grow in the "spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him"(Eph1:17) For himself he desired, "That I may know Him.."(Phil3:10)
How do we get to "know" Christ if we don't spend time with Him? How do we spend time with Him? By being in His Word. Remember, the "Word was God...and became flesh" ...and knows us down to the "division between [our] soul and spirit" ...He knows our "thoughts and intents" (Jn1:1,14,Heb4:12) Jesus' word/s are part of His essence. Jesus Who [is] the "life"(Jn14:6) spoke words which "[are] spirit and life." (6:63) Thus, when we are in God's Word, we are "with" Jesus.
That's why, when I needed a "word" from Him, a resolution in my mind/heart about the rude customer/s the previous day, the Holy Spirit nudged me to continue reading, because He knew the Lord had something for me in that next chapter. He will meet you in your need, too.
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."(Ps119:105)
"With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments."(Ps119:10)
"I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food."(Job23:12)