(I know I have not been able to post much these past few weeks. When you have been called to write modules, you get the enjoyment of writing for the Lord but get robbed of the time for posting on blogs. Here is one of the posts I have written a few weeks back but was only able to post it today. This was part of a message I delivered a few weeks back.)
The previous post tells us about some weapons that the enemy is using to draw us away from God. It does not come in the form of a game or a topic on social media but he uses those too. His weapons are dislodged deep in our system. All he has to do is expose it and exploit it. Once he has, everything in us will crumble and we will move farther from God.
However, God always has a plan. He is ever the loving and careful planner that He has already laid out the plans for us so that whenever the enemy uses his weapons, we get the defenses up like some shield so we could not be harmed. These defenses have also been laid carefully by God all we have to do is allow Him to execute His plans for us. Our end to the bargain is to accept what God has to offer for us. Once we do, He will execute His defenses. Here is how God defends us:
A. God closes our eyes
Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
And revive me in Your way.
Accepting God’s offer of salvation is just the first step. We cannot accept unless we learn what He is really offering us. Continuous study and scrutiny of the scriptures will open our eyes to wonders and wonders of what He is really offering us. As we study the scriptures, we will regard as Paul have regarding everything: worthless. We will see every pleasure as Solomon has seen: vanity. God will close our eyes from the worthless things that this world is offering: fame, power and wealth. He will open our eyes to what He is offering: faith, hope and love. He does this all in His power and His way.
Studying His word is life long but it gives us lifelong benefits as well. Open our eyes to His word so He may close our eyes to the world.
B. God reassures us
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.
1 John 4:18
God has written “Fear not,” or “Do not be afraid,” more than 360 times in the Bible. This simply means that we have enough of His ultimate reassurance each day for an entire year. He reassures us that His love is bigger than any of our fears. His love is bigger, therefore, we have nothing to be afraid of. He has our backs and He will be there for us even if we do not call on Him. His love will prompt us to trust in Him so that we will have nothing to be afraid of.
C. God provides for us
Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Connected with His reassurances is His provision. God reassures us that He will provide everything for us. If you are ever worried about your job, your finances, your family, or anything else, trust God to be in control. He will provide us with the food we need, the clothes on our back and the shelter we live on. I have heard of testimonies from men and women who have traveled the world in God’s name and they we well provided for each time. These are men and women who have given their whole hearted trust in God and His purposes. He reassures us and provides for us. We will never be in want because He is all that satisfies us.
D. God makes us hungry and thirsty for Him
“I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”
When God provides for us, we are overwhelmed by His capabilities. We tend to want more. We tend to hunger for more. I remember when I joined a project to send His message to other people in our college campus. I experienced a big boost in my faith as I lead in praying and studying His word with other people. This led me to want more of the experience that I decided to involve myself to His cause.
God has that effect. Once you have known Him and experienced Him, you tend to crave for more. Just as a thrill seeking adventurer would run off to various adventures, so is it with God’s servant who has felt and tasted His overwhelming love, He tends to want more. He tends to study more, and pray more so that God’s spirit will lead him more.
E. God moves us to be with others.
For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
2 Corinthians 2:15
As Christians, we cannot help but be moved with God’s grace to help other people. We may not be good preachers, or singers or worship leaders, but when God transforms our lives according to His purpose, we live a life that is different than others. We become full of love that we cannot help but be moved in compassion to those who are hungry, weak or burdened. We may not be able to preach to them but our willingness to help them and our genuine care for them will deliver the message that God cares. We often do not need to say anything.
If we willingly submit our lives to God, we will be transformed into people with godly-characters because God is teaching us to be like Him. Note the term “if” because the submission of our lives is a daily process. We ought to daily allow God to change us so that His defenses against the enemy’s weapons will activate.