(MATTERS OF THE HEART - PART TWO)
In morning devotion recently I was meditating on a few things, one being 1Peter 5:8 "Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around LIKE a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
Notice the LIKE here - Like here can be linked to- like something but isn’t, less of the real thing, counterfeit, not real but claims to be, fallen and trying to walk in power, failing but still striving.
God then highlighted to me errors believers make and we hear it all the time. The devil this, the devil that... When you give too much attention to a thing that carries no power you yourself will go to the level of always blaming outwardly but not checking the internal...
You can go to church, sow, serve etc. BUT all this man sees outwardly there’s a reason why the bible says God looks at the heart of a man. To say that no matter what u do outwardly God sees the heart, motives and intentions for what you do. And even though you’re doing those things and not reaping the fruits, you then blame the devil and living according to thinking that the devil is always to blame.
YET its your heart that needs the healing and shift to put the devil in its place and move from the victim to victor mentality. Not every day the devil, sometimes its God who allows those things (e.g book of Job). And then there are things self inflicted, you know what you have to do but being disobedient to it (e.g book of Jonah). But yet still blaming devil.
So today I challenge you to go back to God and let Him search your hearts. You’ll be surprised what He will expose; all the while you were thinking you were fine. And “don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a FOOTHOLD to the devil.”
Ephesians 4:26-27 there is always a ROOT to something, it’s not just "this is the way I am" approach. It came from somewhere whether it be childhood, jobs, friends etc.
So what you entertain is what you give the devil access to, imagine anger you let it go on and on without working on it, before you know it, though its wrong you see yourself justifying it, allowing it, making excuses for it. All the while the foothold has been accepted, but because you’re deep in what God speaks against you’re soo desensitized to correction, humility and healing.
Please don’t let that be you, do self checks daily.
God bless you all