The only tool that Satan has in his toolbox is deception. He is quite adept at using it in all situations, and he can even craft circumstances with it to come against the Saints of God.
Deception is a powerful tool. Satan uses it to blind the eyes and to dull the mind of the wounded, weak or foolish people who choose to believe his lies. He can even deceive the elect of God.
He leads them like oxen with rings in their noses and they do his bidding and haul his load without complaint. Some are even proud of their rebellion and accomplishments for his glory.
However, there are those who come to Christ in humility, abide in His Word and serve as His disciples. He sanctifies us as He teaches us His truth; and His truth frees us from bondage to Satan's deceptive lies (John 8:31-32, 17:17; Ephesians 6:14).
God's love in our heart bursts forth in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. We sing and make music in our heart to the Lord all day long, giving thanks to Him for everything He brings our way, even the negative aspects (Ephesians 5:19-20).
We are not required to live as a super-Saint in order to praise Him in the negative circumstances. We praise by the power of Christ in us regardless of our spiritual maturity, feelings, anxiety and stress level.
It is amazing how praising will turn the most debilitation anxiety into a tiny nagging bother, which we can easily turn over to God's capable hands whenever we encounter it or think about it.
Father God, the world encourages us to take control of our life, which is virtually impossible to do for very long. However, You lead us to surrender control to You and to wait patiently for Your deliverance and guidance in the midst of our trauma and the tangled webs woven by Satan to restrict our walk with You. We thank You for Your involvement in our individual life.
When we become new Believers in Christ, You transform our thinking from negative worriers, as the world trains us to do, to positive victors by Your Holy Spirit. You conform our thoughts to Your thoughts and You direct our steps to accomplish all that You plan for us during each day (Proverbs 3:5-6). We continually praise You for caring so much for every one of us and each detail of our life.
Thought for the Day:
A sanctuary is a safe and secure place designed to give people a place to duck away from the trials and enemies plaguing us; it is a place of holiness and worship, and God desires that we dwell with Him in His Sanctuary each moment of our entire life.