Daily Devotional – 10/31/13 “Stop playing with the devil! “

You got the nerve to act like you don’t know how the devil got in your house when you were the one who brought him in. You claim you don’t know why he’s so comfortable in your house when you’ve been the one that made him feel welcome. Yea, you’re trying to figure out why he keeps playing games with you, well maybe because you keep playing with him. You do know the devil isn’t your friend, right? Oh, he might make that thang look good but you’re paying a price. He lets you think the grass is green until you jump the fence and find out it was just the lens you were looking through. He’ll let you think that man or woman is the one you need until you leave the one you got at home only to find out they were the worst you could find. Yea, he’ll make you think you’re eating something sweet until you bite into it and realize it’s sour but you trusted him when you knew good and well, he was the enemy and if he’s shown his true self before chances are he hasn’t changed. What makes you think the devil would do right by you if he betrayed God? Doesn’t your bible say in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour?” Then why are you closing your eyes around him? Ephesians 4:27 says, “And do not give the devil an opportunity,” yet you still allow him to ride.

Yea, you know anger gives the devil a foothold to stand yet you still hold on to stuff that happened years ago. You’d rather steal when Ephesians 4:28 says, “If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.” You’d rather lie, gossip, belittle others, chastise and judge those who are trying to do good when Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” And you’d rather hinder the Holy Spirit when you sit on your praise, mute your testimony and abandon your mission to keep others from talking about because they devil keeps whispering in your ear that folks will laugh when Ephesians 4:30 says, “And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.” When will you stop playing with the devil? When will you show him the door and mean it? When will you finally realize you have nothing in common? Stop wallowing in pity because pity is where the devil swims. Stop with the anger, revenge seeking, tearing down of others and being bitter because all these things are requirements for his team and he doesn’t play fair. I mean, my bible tells me in James 4:7, “Resist the devil and he will flee.” What does yours say?

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