If two of us agree on earth about anything we ask,
it will be done for us
by our Heavenly Father.
Demons would like for us to believe that
straight is stupid,
fair is foul, foul is fair
and crooked is clever.
Undivided, unbroken, completeness
or totality with nothing wanting.
The state of being one;
the state or quality of being in accord;
constancy of purpose or action.
In Unity There Is Strength
Once upon a time, there was a flock of doves that flew in search of food led by their king.
One day, they had flown a long distance and were very tired.
The dove king encouraged them to fly a little further.
The smallest dove picked up speed and found some rice scattered beneath a banyan tree.
So all the doves landed and began to eat.
Suddenly a net fell over them and they were all trapped.
They saw a hunter approaching carrying a huge club.
The doves desperately fluttered their wings trying to get out, but to no avail.
The king had an idea. He advised all the doves to fly up together carrying the net with them.
He said that there was strength in unity.
Each dove picked up a portion of the net and together they flew off carrying the net with them.
The hunter looked up in astonishment. He tried to follow them,
but they were flying high over hills and valleys.
They flew to a hill near a city of temples where there lived a mouse who could help them.
He was a faithful friend of the dove king.
When the mouse heard the loud noise of their approach, he went into hiding.
The dove king gently called out to him and then the mouse was happy to see him.
The dove king explained that they had been caught in a trap
and needed the mouse's help to gnaw at the net with his teeth and set them free.
The mouse agreed saying that he would set the king free first.
The king insisted that he first free his subjects and the king last.
The mouse understood the king's feelings and complied with his wishes.
He began to cut the net and one by one all the doves were freed including the dove king.
They all thanked the mouse and flew away together, united in their strength.
Satan comes "as a roaring lion,
seeking whom he may devour."
What is his strategy?
DIVIDE AND CONQUER!
Satan likes to divide.
He likes to use the old trick of warfare...
divide and conquer.
He has been successful in this tactic so often
that we separate from one another along these lines.
Satan knows that if we were to go out
like the disciples did;
in One Name,
for One purpose
and with One goal in mind,
that we would be a mighty,
Separated into parts or pieces;
creating disunity or dissension.
move in opposite directions;
In division, Satan is able to orchestrate
the best of all worlds for his side.
Some people will not only stop pursuing their mission
of growing disciples for the kingdom of God,
they actually begin destroying each other.
The lingering effects of division can go on for years.
God calls us to unity that is tangible
and characterized by love.
Ephesians 4:3; 1 Corinthians 12:25
Passive division is also dangerous.
A disengaged group where people don’t bother to relate deeply to one another
is also divided, for Satan knows that fostering apathy and distraction
can produce disunity just as easily as hostility.
Working to bring people together
is a duty for nearly all of us.
But some seem to have a knack
for pulling people apart.
They do this by:
Spreading gossip. Creating cliques. Carrying grudges. Backstabbing.
Deliberately undermining those in authority. Pitting one person off against another. Lying.
Setting up rules in order to create social barriers.
Being a racist or sexist or elitist. Giving orders and demanding obedience.
Using principles (or even 'righteous' anger) as an excuse to cut off contact.
Personalizing a political dispute. Raising the stakes in disputes.
Having an 'I win, you lose' attitude. Acting without concern about how it affects others.
The sudden nexus of several bitter people with the same agenda is a sure mark of Satan’s handiwork.
Bitterness and suspicion then spread with incredible speed from person to person.
The danger such coordinated attacks pose is severe.
Divide First, Convert Later.
The tighter the group is,
the worse such divisiveness can get.
It starts to feel like combat.
Jesus said, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed
. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart.”
Contextually, He was pointing out that
Satan is too smart to allow his household to be divided.
Satan knows military doctrine like nobody else, and one of war’s basics is “divide and conquer.”
Anytime a general can divide enemy forces,
he’s in a position to defeat them in detail; the smaller segments
are no match for the power he can concentrate against them.
Satan uses his preferred weapon, the one for which he’s named:
accusation (diabolos, the devil, means accuser).
We often think of his accusation as being against God,
or accusing a believer in the sense of making him feel too guilty to draw close to God.
Satan plants hostile interpretations of others’ actions and words in the minds of his victims.
The accuser begins to plant accusations in the minds of people and those who know better.
We may be attacked with lies from people we would never have believed would do such a thing...
this is how Satan works; by planting accusations in the minds on both sides of the divide,
he makes communication and reconciliation difficult.
“These people can’t be trusted, they can’t be dealt with, they are our enemy, and they must be fought or avoided.”
Sowing suspicion in the name of Satan’s game.
He can usually ground suspicions in facts, at least partially, subtly adding assumptions about people’s motives.
But even when people are in the wrong, we are called to help them overcome their problems,
not fight with them or hold them in contempt.
Some people are remarkably susceptible to suspicious thoughts about others.
They never consider that the accusing voice in their heads might be Satan.
The Evil One knows which individuals have immature conflict-management skills.
These self-centered individuals rarely go to people they harbor suspicions against with a humble spirit and open mind.
Instead they become bitter and spread their suspicions to others, often exaggerating for effect.
The enemy will taunt us night and day.
He will tell us how ineffective we are. He will hold others up to us that are doing seemingly great things.
Satan tries to make us compare ourselves to others and find ourselves lacking.
He tries to rob the joy that we should be able to have in caring for our household by telling us that it is a thankless,
ineffective job that can be done by others for less than minimum wage.
Do not fall for these lies of the enemy.
Satan also comes to tempt with pride.
Satan tries to convince us that God is displeased with our lack of productivity in furthering the gospel.
Keep pressing on.
We must keep our minds and hearts on God
and we will not be tempted to think more of ourselves than we aught and we will also not be tempted
to think less of the assignment God has given us.
It will not matter to us whether or not we minister to our children,
to homeless people on the street, or stand as an eloquent teacher before hundreds.
The size of the assignment will not matter to us
because being faithful to perform what God has given us will be our only quest.
If we keep our own focus right, we will stay humble and usable.
We will remain real and relevant to our culture and our generation.
And we will not be forsaking our duties to seek larger assignments
until we have shown ourselves faithful to complete the assignment He has given us.
God in His time table will give us much more
if we are faithful in the little things.
Jesus said that we should be rejoicing
that our names are written in Heaven.
God gives us exactly what we need to conquer the forces of the world, Satan and our flesh. He gives us His Name. In His mighty Name all forces in the universe pale in comparison and are suddenly rendered powerless. The power in His Name is so mighty that every knee bows and every tongue confesses that He, and He alone, is God.
To the glory of God our Father...
In His Name,
At times God can do mighty works through us. And when He does, He instructs us not to get our focus on what we can do in His Name here on earth but to keep our focus on Heaven. When we keep our focus on heaven and not upon ourselves and what we have seen Him do in and through our lives, we are less tempted to put God in a box and start writing formulas for how He works, when He works and who He uses. And we will have less to divide over.
Men and women can get puffed up when the Spirit of God begins to move in them and through them. Pride can enter, Satan can delude the individual and they might begin to think of how special they are to God or how much more special they are than other believers.
Satan wants to get control in our life so that he can destroy us. He works to get control of our lives through temptation, deception and discouragement. He wants us to believe his lies and submit ourselves to his will.
Satan will work diligently but patiently to destroy our life. The main avenue that Satan uses to deceive us is speaking lies to our minds. He will also work to tempt, deceive and discourage us through things we see and hear, through circumstances and people.
The devils battleground is our mind. Satan knows that sin is conceived in the mind. If he can get us to think about evil things long enough, he can get you to do them. Therefore, demons speak all kinds of temptations and deceptions into our mind. They make suggestions in a way that we will believe the thoughts are our own.
For example, demons may tempt you to sin by saying something like, “no one will know if I take that money”, or “as long as I use a condom, it will be okay”. They may try to tear us down and discourage us by saying something like “nobody loves me”, or “I am so ugly”. They may try to turn us away from God by saying things like, “God doesn’t really care about me” or “God is mad at me”. The lies with which Satan has to bombard our mind to tempt, deceive and discourage us are endless. Every single human being faces this kind of attack daily, though many don’t realize it is a demonic attack, they think it is their own thoughts.
Sometimes Satan’s deceptions are very believable, other times he will inject something into our mind that is ridiculous, something we would never think ourselves, so we know it is the enemy attacking us.
Some people think it doesn’t matter what we listen to and watch, but it does. People are like a computer, garbage in, garbage out. Be careful what goes into you. You cannot live a life pleasing to God and constantly take garbage into yourself. The evil of this world is like poison to us. When we have evil thoughts, whether they are from demons or not, we should reject those thoughts as wrong, and put them out of our mind. If we don’t, we play right into Satan’s hands and no good will come from it.
It is sad and disheartening to see family – hating and killing each other knowing it only benefits the enemy of both sides, Satan.
Satan likes whispering lies in our ears. He makes them sound so right. Remember he did this first in the Garden of Eden and it worked then so he hasn't stopped. It still works for him. He still whispers those lies in our ears. If we are not constantly being fed the truth... we become vulnerable to his lies and deceptions.
In time his lies seem like truth to us.
Without constant communication with God
we lose our way so easily.
Satan doesn’t want us to dwell on truth. He wants us to believe that he is greater than we are, smarter than we are, richer than we are and more intelligent than we are. What he doesn’t tell us is even if he knows more than we do, has more money than we do, and can think faster; he still is beneath us if we do not submit to him.
God is Supreme and Satan has no power over us
unless we submit ourselves to him.
The more scripture we know the less likely we are to believe the lies of Satan. He knows scripture and likes to twist it around and use it against us, so if we don't know what God's Word says we can't know when he is using it as a way to attack our minds and our belief system. Regular communication with God is crucial.
Satan likes it when we do his dirty work for him
by playing the power game.
One of the biggest mistakes we can make is to be tricked by Satan’s alluring ways into believing he is something to be revered. He can dazzle some people with finery and riches and deceive some into believing he can protect them; if one allows him. We see this satanic mentality in many people in our community when they attempt to take our eyes off our real Protector... God...
and put our eyes on them, our real deceivers.
If we get our focus wrong when God begins to use us we are likely to be tempted toward pride. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
God does not want us to fall prey to the tactics of the enemy. We must keep the focus on heaven; no matter how much or how little God chooses to use us.
It won’t be easy because Satan will fight to retain his kingdom in our lives. He will stop at nothing to pull us back into hell... one way or the other.
Let us always remember and never forget...
we have God’s Word and His Spirit
to keep righting our wrongs.
Satan no longer has dominion over an individual’s life once God's Name has been claimed
and His Word begins to take effect.
Satan’s dominion in our lives, his reign, rule, deception and trickery are all nullified when we stand under the banner of God’s love complete in His mercy and grace.
We can rejoice together hand in hand,
united and unified in His Name!