Recently in prayer I saw my hands, and in my hands were items that I couldn’t quite make out. Still focused on the items I noticed they had a fiery red appearance like hot lava. On the contrary, they weren’t hot. They didn’t even hurt to touch. Even with that being said the Holy Spirit showed me, the things I was holding onto were “tools” being used by Satan. At that point I immediately dropped the items. Soon after, God revealed to me that the devil is using our possessions to move us away from Him. Unfortunately, following this revelation God gave me, it rained true in my life.
I recently wrecked my car and I’ve been looking for a new one. The thought of a new car had been saturating my mind. Thoughts like, how to get it; what to get; when to get it; How much I should spend.
What troubled me about those thoughts was how quickly I allowed God to move to the back seat because of my reverence for something material. My thoughts use to revolve around Christ and now it was an idol that captivated my mind. Taking my eyes off of God, my Savior, my king, left me very vulnerable to the enemy’s tactics.
As I thought about the enemies conniving ways I was reminded of 1 Peter 5:8 that reads “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” The pursuit of an item had shifted my entire heart’s desire.
By no means am I saying that materialistic things are bad; but I do believe and have faith that God wants us to know that the very material things we treasure are way too close to our hearts and minds and the enemy is the spiritual being behind it.
I pray that by reading this, you are led by the Holy Spirit to examine your own life. Be honest. What does your heart truly yearn for? What do you give your energy most to? What does your mind dwell on throughout the day?
While writing this God reminded me of His Gospel. The fact that he died for me and took my penalty for sin; Not only humbling himself to suffer a death he didn’t deserve but also resurrecting from the grave thus defeating Satan! He did that for me. He did that for you. So we could have everlasting life with him. So we could be set free from our sinful selves and this broken world, not spending eternity in flames! What material things we revere could do that? Nothing else is worth our praise, nothing else deserves our hearts! The enemy loves the things of this world and how he can use them as a barrier or vale between us and our Heavenly Father. I beg you to let go as I pray for myself to do the same. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (Romans 1:25)
. . Let your heart sing no other name; Jesus!