Upside down and backwards – that’s how you and I can turn the devil’s schemes, if we will evade the trap of judgment.
What is your burden, what is your lament? That is also your clue to where you have power. Take that thing that irks, bothers, grieves you most, and pray!!!
When you catch yourself (as I did recently) feeling utterly defeated and hopeless and just plain aggravated about something, and you hear yourself saying STUPID things such as, “That battle is too far gone, it’s hopeless, that problem is fully entrenched in our society (or in your marriage, family, child, friend) and will never go away,” JUST SAY “WHOA!”
The grief over that problem – in this case I was talking about the ravages and seemingly hopeless problem of drug addiction – is your latest unction to pray. The Bible sets a very opposite picture of what we’re to be, from what we often are. We are not called to be defeated, defensive, hopeless whiners and sideliners.
We are to be, and are promised that we are, way more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Matthew 10:8 says, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”
Does that sound like a tall order? I don’t look at it like that. I just say, “OK, Lord. I believe. Show me how.” I want to turn the devil’s tricks upside down and backwards. I want him to wish he’d NEVER messed with me and mine. I want to turn every lament, every whine and gripe fest into Victory in Jesus. Amen.