I was confronted the other day with a disturbing problem. Once I was made aware of its intensity, the Holy Spirit prompted me to start fasting and praying immediately. Upon doing so, the Lord saturated my house with His presence in a powerful supernatural way. In other words, despite the looming trouble, He and I had a good time fellowshipping. It says in Romans 14:17, the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
After a couple of spectacular spirit-filled days, God let me know: Heaven heard my prayers and accepted my sacrifice; resulting in, He handled the matter; therefore, I could cease with the fast.
And he [Jesus] said unto them [His disciples], This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting (Mark 9:29).
However, it didn’t take but a few hours before the devil came to pollute my faith with his lies. His mission was to bait me into believing his falsehoods; rattle my confidence that God answered my prayers, and erase the amazing time I had with the Holy Spirit. The deceiver came to mislead me just like he deluded Eve in the Garden of Eden when he asked her, “Did God say not to eat of every tree?”
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (Genesis 3:1)
But wait—he had enough pride in himself to try and bait Jesus during the Lord’s forty-day fast in the wilderness.
And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone (Matthew 4:6).
Eve took the bait—Jesus didn’t.
If the devil had the audacity to approach the Son of Man, he has no problem coming after us.
Now back to my situation, the enemy tried to bait me when he said: “Are you sure God said He handled the problem or was that wishful thinking on your part?”
Thank God, the Holy Spirit came right to my rescue and whispered in my spirit:
Don’t take the bait!
God let me know, when Heaven received my prayers—it put hell on alert. And if that experience wasn’t threatening to the kingdom of darkness—then why the bait?
The devil knows it’s impossible to please God without faith; as a matter of fact, we can’t even believe there is a God without faith (Hebrews 11:6). The more we allow doubt to go unchallenged, the harder it becomes to trust God’s promises will work for us.
I don’t know what you are going through, but if you’re doing everything you know to do in the will of God when the devil comes to steal your faith, remember:
Don’t fall for the bait!
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.