Got troubles? The Bible says in Psalms 34:19, “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.” Did you catch those last words? “…but the Lord delivers us from them all.” But Pastor Burt, you don’t know how bad my problems are?” If you said that, your right! I don’t. But the Lord does. And when I’m facing mountains of impossibilities, I remember what Jesus said in Matthew 19:26, “…With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” What is the mountain that you are facing in your life today? Is it marriage problems?
In just the last year I have heard of many marriages that are on the skids or ended in divorce—and these are Christian marriages!
Is it health problems? I just got off of the phone with an older friend of mine. He had a heart attack and then his gall bladder was so bad they needed to take it out but couldn’t because his heart wasn’t strong enough.
Is it calamity? Someone recently told me of a friend whose best friend was killed in a car accident. Another person told me of a young child who was run over and killed accidentally by their neighbor. A close friend of mine is fighting a disease that is trying to cause his body to deteriorate. Are you depressed reading this yet? This is how some Christians talk all the time. About every last thing the devil has done to everyone they know. It would be enough to depress anyone. Then you hear Christians teach that God is doing these things to teach, mature and build patience in us so that we develop and mature as Christians. With God doing those kinds of things, who needs a devil? Honestly, the people who blame God for these needs to seriously examine their mental health.
Do you know how God feels about these kinds of things? He hates them! How do I know? Read the gospels. This is what Jesus went around undoing! He came to destroy the works of the devil. In John 14:9 Jesus said, “He who has seen me, has seen the Father.” This is how we know God doesn’t author these kinds of things. If God was doing this to people, and then Jesus was undoing these things, He and His Father would be in division! Trust me. They aren’t! These kinds of things made Jesus angry. These kinds of things made Jesus go away to solitary places to fast and pray. HE CAME TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL! 1 John 3:8 says, “… But the Son of God came to destroy these works of the Devil.” He came to teach us that the impossible becomes possible with God. He came to teach us to speak to circumstances, to situations, to mountains in our lives and demand they be removed in His name.
When I hear of stories like those I told you above, it inflames my hatred for the devil. This is what God gave the emotion of hate for. To hate the devil and to hate evil. This is what Psalm 97:10 (NLT) says, “You who love the Lord, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked.
Hatreds purpose rightly understood, creates energy and impetus to focus against evil and generate compassion for good. It drives me to pray, to reach out with compassion to those around me, to offer actions of love and support, to hate the devil. Hatred was not meant for people to engage in toward each other. Hate is not so we can fly off the handle and say and do things that we regret. That only leads us to relational division, bitterness and unforgiveness—ultimately opening ourselves to the attack of the enemy. Hate and anger is not so we can show rage at other drivers in traffic, or lose control of our temper with our children, spouses, employers, co-laborers and people we just don’t like. Anger is to stir us up against those demonic forces that are coming against us—to be mad at the devil and resist him.
God’s love, mercy, forgiveness, and kindness is for family. Compassion and empathy are for the hurting world around us. The emotional stirrings from negative things we feel are to be used to take what the devil meant for evil and turn them for good.
The man with the gall bladder problem lives out-of-state. I called him to pray for him. He was in tremendous pain at the time. The doctors told them there was nothing they could do. I told him there was something we could do. With God all things are possible I asked him to put his hand on his heart while I prayed and took authority over these demonic attacks. I then prayed for wisdom for his doctors and his healing. He cried like a baby with thanksgiving when we were done. He was encouraged and felt led to talk to the doctor the next day and insist they take out that gall bladder. He said he knew he’d make it though the operation. They did the operation and he was fine.
I went to the hospital to visit an elderly gentleman who was nervous about having a quadruple by-pass. I prayed for his peace and healing. His family wept with thanks. We sang a song together worshiping the Lord. They were lifted up. He came through the operation perfectly and is doing awesome.
Don’t be passive when it comes to the devil stealing anything from you. Speak to him to get out! Proclaim the promises of God over the situation! Like Abraham, stand strong in faith despite impossibilities. Like Abraham, be fully persuaded that God turns them into possibilities. Romans 4:19-21 says, “Without weakening in his faith, Abraham faced the fact that his body was as good as dead–since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”
If you don’t know promises of God, go to a Christian Bookstore and by a little book called “God’s Promises” and learn them. You are a child of God and are to be an imitator of Jesus Christ. Don’t be a reporter for the devil. Be a praying life-changer for God!
Psalms 34:19, “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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