WARNING: I’m going to get deep. Yep. Deep. So hang on till the end and don’t miss the power in the simple truths I’m about to share.
This is an inspired post. Meaning I didn’t conjure it up, but it came to me as a result of praying. I like to believe in these instances that someone has placed a demand for what I was given to share. Someone has been praying. Hoping. Believing. Hanging on.
So if you’re reading this and you’ve been placing a demand, there is something for you in this post. Now if you haven’t placed a demand for answers in your life this post isn’t for you. You’re in a good place. So why not just share this post with someone you know who needs it? There are buttons at the bottom for sharing.
But for those of us who are placing a demand for answers and for greater, let’s continue.
Look at your situation. What can you identify as the enemy at work? A good way to identify the enemy is by using John 10:10 as a point of reference. It says the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy. That’s his nature, his method of operation. This makes it very clear to recognize what is an enemy to you.
Is something killing, taking from, destroying your relationships? Or your health? Or your finances? Let me break it down further. Is your marriage getting better or worse? Is your health declining or getting better? Do you deal with constant illness – colds, viruses, headaches, etc? Are you losing money, dealing with garnishments, can’t pay your bills?
Identify what is an enemy in your life. If it’s killing, stealing from you or destroying you it’s an enemy. There’s no debating this. There is an enemy. Recognize this.
There are many tools (resources, weapons, whatever you want to call it) available on how to deal with your enemy. Some tools are practical and some are deep. I’m a practitioner of a combination of both practical and deep. I want to share one such tool that will keep him at bay.
Yes, confusing the enemy.
Confusing not only keeps him at bay, it ties his hands – sort of like his kryptonite.
Here are some practical ways.
Praise confuses the enemy. There are biblical accounts.
Look at your relationships. Have you ever noticed when you’ve praised someone that wasn’t really worthy of the praise; it changed the dynamics of the relationship. Instead of focusing on what’s wrong with the relationship, you found the good and praised it (shout out to Alex Haley). In these instances praise wasn’t expected; it’s sort of confusing don’t you think? For example, if your child is rebelling and not taking out the trash as instructed. You can try other strategies, but you try praising him for being responsible. In his mind he knows he’s not as responsible as he could be because he isn’t taking out the trash like he should. The praise creates an environment of change for him. Before long he wants to live up this expectation.
Now, let’s turn our focus back to your enemy. Having an attitude of praise in the midst of your situation will confuse him. But he wants you to curse your situation instead. He’s expecting you to speak death over your circumstances. He wants you to see your situation as final and he’s looking for your words to confirm this.
Don’t confirm it. Find the good and praise it. Praise God for blessings you do have. Confuse the enemy. It will tie his hands for he knows what happens when a person employs praise to create a place for God in his circumstances.
Amnesia? Yes, selective amnesia because self-imposed amnesia is really difficult to do. It’s impossible to inflict amnesia on ourselves. But we can be selective about what we choose to remember.
Now this is a huge tool so follow along. We have to be selective about remembering the hurt we’ve experienced. Jesus gave the same advice. He said if we forgive men when they sin against us, our heavenly Father will forgive us. He said so much more on forgiveness, but I’m not going to preach that here. However, I am going to tell you that this is one of the BIGGEST ways to confuse your enemy.
Again, your enemy wants you to curse those who hurt you. But don’t. Forgive them and have selective amnesia. Don’t talk about the wound. Don’t nurse it. When someone brings it up don’t talk it up. Forget about it! (in my increasing Brooklyn dialect).
I have more to say about this tool, but this post is getting really long and I have one more tool to share.
3) BE NOSEY
Here’s what I mean. We’re content with going about our day and minding our own business; taking care of our families and so on. And I’m guilty of this. I’ll be too busy minding my business that I don’t have time to be concerned with other people’s business. That’s good to an extent.
However, if we took a little time to mind someone else’s business we would enlist help for our own.
For example, if you need breakthrough in your finances how about being nosey and seeing what God is up to. We know from scriptures that he said whoever gives to the poor will not lack (Proverbs 28:27). Research organizations that you can give to. There are plenty, which are good ground. There are orphanages. There is relief work being done. For example, work is still needed in Haiti.
Don’t miss this tool. Get nosey about your Heavenly Father’s business. His business is the poor. Release God in your finances by taking care of those in need. Give what you can. It confuses the enemy when you give to someone who can’t bless you in return especially when you have little to give.
Do it and keep the enemy at bay.
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