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Beware, The Devil Blesses Too

But they might as well be curses.

“Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. ‘All this I will give you,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.'”
~ Matthew 4:8-9 | NIV

Remember when Jesus spent forty days and nights fasting and praying in the desert while the devil tried to tempt him? As the intro scripture reads, the devil told the Messiah that he’d give him the kingdoms and riches of the world if he bowed down to him.

I don’t believe we have to literally get down on your knees to bow to our enemy. Being knowingly disobedient to what the Lord is a way of bowing to Satan.

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.”  Matthew 4:10-11 – NIV

Thank you Jesus for denying the evil one and preserving our salvation.

Many people have claimed blessings from God, when really they were from the evil one.

The Lord wouldn’t bless you with things that will cause you to go further into debt like houses, cars, clothes and others material possessions that wisdom told you not to buy. Eventually those things become a burden.

I have also heard people justify leaving relationships to be with another person who came along after they were married or deeply involved with their current love, as God bringing them their true love or soulmate. Why would He want you to be with someone else at the expense of hurting someone who loved you unconditionally and treated you good in the process? Especially if you’ve already shown you can’t do right in the first relationship. God wouldn’t do that. But who would?

You guessed it, the devil.

That’s his way of tempting you to self-destruct. He has you believing God was sending you better, only now you have to deal with all the consequences of divorce or a break-up. What you thought was a blessing has become a curse because you spend more time dealing with the ending of the past relationship then enjoying the new one. There’s also the suspicion your new mate will always have that you’ll do to them, what you did to the person you were previously with.

It happens in all facets of life. Here’s a personal example from my professional life. In 2012 I was going through a lengthy unemployment period while attending grad school. During that time I went to live with my grandmother while my grandfather was gravely ill and being taken care of in a nursing home awaiting a life saving surgery.

For a year of my unemployment period I had no job prospects. A couple of weeks before I moved to Georgia with my grandmother and while I lived with her, I had several interviews. They were for jobs I didn’t really want and in a business I walked away from that began my unemployment. But a few of the salaries offered were more then double the last position I had held. It was very tempting and I was becoming desperate. Obviously I needed and wanted a new job, but had I taken one of those positions I wouldn’t have been around for my grandmother when my grandfather eventually passed away.

My God designed purpose was to be there for her and my family who were concerned about her being alone. The enemy tried to fool me several times into thinking that these jobs were blessings to end my unemployment. Godly wisdom – which I’m still working on gaining – allowed me to see they were traps that would not only take me away from the Lord’s purpose, but also suck me back into a profession I desperately prayed to the Lord to get me away from.

Don’t get me wrong, God wants us to have nice and beautiful things, but I believe He does it through meeting a need, not a want. But also, while fulfilling His purpose for our lives.

I’ll share this final thought with you. God doesn’t show you He loves you by what He gives you, but by what He gets you through. Because we are flawed as humans, we believe in showing our love for each other by our gift giving, but we don’t always back it up with our actions of meeting needs. God backs it up with action. Satan tries to give us short-term satisfaction.

There’s Devils All Around You

“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” ~ 2 Corinthians 11:14-15

Have you ever wondered why someone who seems so nice, charming, giving and peaceful can turn into the opposite so quickly?

You know the girlfriend that appeared to be everything you asked God for; from her relationship with Him, her attractiveness, nurturing nature, to her go-getter independent attitude, only for her to eventually turn into the most abusive, neglectful, distrustful and unfaithful person you’ve ever met. Or that boss that when he hired you was so complimentary of your skills and helpful in advancing you in your career that suddenly turns into a cantankerous and combative person that picks apart your every project. Why does this happen? Sheep become wolves very quickly.

The devil preys on their vulnerability and weaknesses to use them to try and destroy you. The enemy knows you’re prayed up, strong and less likely to fall for his foolishness, so instead he infiltrates those he views as weak and have your trust so he can work through them. It’s no different than the Lord working through you and your great qualities to bring and do good in the world. Except obviously the devil comes to destroy (John 10:10).

Peep this most important example. Judas was one of the twelve and walked beside Jesus daily witnessing His miracles and listening to His teachings, yet Judas still allowed evil to manipulate him and therefore he turned Christ over to those who eventually crucified Him. So what makes you think that friend you’ve loaned money to in their lean days and listened to their sorrows while wiping their tears through dark times is incapable of backstabbing you? Not to be negative, because I don’t want to go around thinking the worst in people, but truth is they most likely will because humans are so flawed.

The best thing for us is that Romans 8:28 tells us God will work all things out for the good of those who love Him. So if that girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse, boss or friends betray, abuse or abandon you, trust and believe that HE will first bless you by turning it into addition by subtraction. Then at some point, in His time, He will restore and replace what was broken and stolen with a better version of what was unjustly stolen from you by the enemy. Just in the meantime don’t be surprised and caught off guard when the devil starts turning folks against you.

We live in a physical world that is the setting for a spiritual war between good and evil. We can’t be naive to think there are good forces at work in this world without evil ones trying to oppose them. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy.