We let people talk us out of our faith all the time. We can be believing for a healing and hear Auntie Doom&Gloom tell how her sister's cousin's friend 'died' with a similar ailment. Right then and there our faith is now hindered, because we heard unbelief and doubt. It's at that very moment that we decide we're going to listen and believe who we think is the greater...God or the devil.
But I'm here to tell you friends...."Greater is He that's IN you than he that's in the world!" When we got born again, we invited Jesus to live IN us. When we got spirit filled, we welcomed the Holy Ghost, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, to abide within us. And IF He is IN us, then He is stronger and more powerful than any thing the devil can bring against us.
The Bible says, "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us" and the Word is Jesus. It also says, "For the Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires." This means God's Word is dominant. It's the beginning and the end. It's above and not beneath! When it's spoken, it is effective and brings about a change. (Is. 55:11)
But often, instead of being grounded in the Word, believing and trusting God's promise, we listen to the 'lies' of the devil. He tells us we're going to get worse, we might even die. He deceives us into thinking this 'thing' we're dealing with will never change and it's hopeless. His trickery is to get us to believe the worst of our problem. If he convinces us, then we have been duped, and he has stolen our faith. We fall into a trap, a mental stronghold, filled with torment, treachery, and distress.
But don't succumb to his scam! He's a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44) There is NO truth in him or his words. The real Truth is in the Word of God. "...there is nothing too hard for God." (Jer. 32:27) He loves you and nothing can separate you from His love. (Rom. 8:31-39) Don't listen to people that that speak contrary to the promises of God. Tell Auntie Doom&Gloom thanks but no thanks. Let her know you are standing on the guarantee of your covenant with God. And He said, In all these things you are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you. (Rom 8:37)
Then my friends, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might - keep on the armor of God, so that you can resist the strategy of the devils schemes. Remain steady and committed to prayer and renewing your mind to the Word. "....Meditate day and night on the Word, so that you may observe to do all that is written in it.....then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success." (Josh. 1:8) Keep the faith!
Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
Pro. 11:25 "The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."