July 21, 2003
Chorus: Don't give the devil an inch/
Give him a foot/ Don't give the devil an inch/ Give him a foot
Stand upon his neck/ In the name
of the LORD/ JESUS gives us the victory/ When we wield his sword/ The devil
is a loser/ He has no hope at all/ In the name of JESUS/ His kingdom must
The Word declares our victory/ We
serve the LORD of Hosts/ We're covered with His armor/ Filled with the
HOLY GHOST/ He's given us authority/ To break the serpent's spell/ As we
declare His triumph/ Over all the hosts of hell (chorus)
Every time that he draws near/ Stick
him with GOD's word/ When he whispers in your ear/ Kick him where it hurts/
The precious blood of JESUS/ Ends the sting of death/ The enemy is out
of gas/ And he can't catch his breath (chorus)
Romans 16:20: And the God of peace
shall bruise satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord
Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Every day we have a choice to make.
Will we give satan our ear or will we give him our foot? The devil
is like the proverbial traveling salesman (I Peter 5:8). First he
knocks. Then, he tries to stick his foot in the door so you can't
slam it in his face. Next, he presents a persuasive, well-rehearsed
sales pitch, skillfully designed to appeal to your emotions and sense of
fairness. He offers you a "benefit" that you deserve, that will make
you feel better, and that could lead to "something even better."
If you give him an inch, he will
take a mile. He's the one who tells you it's all right to compromise
on your biblical convictions, and then he's the one who will heap guilt
and condemnation on you for giving into the temptation that he himself
brought on you. He never forgets a single sin. You can be praying
for someone at the altar in a church and he'll remind you of some sexual
impropriety you were involved in thirty years ago. Or he'll try to
bring an unclean thought into your head concerning the person you're praying
for. He wants you to imagine yourself doing something perverted with
that person. Sadly, I believe many believers shrink from the ministry
God has called them to, because of these attacks.
Is any one of us immune to this kind
of oppression? If you are, let me know. I still face it, but,
hallelujah, I know I belong to God, Who has forgiven my sins, received
me into His family, translated me from the kingdom of darkness into His
glorious light, and given me victory and authority over all His enemies.
And I know why He did this, too. He did it because He loves me.
When we give satan our foot, we experience
an intimacy with God that is out of this world. We sense His pleasure
every time we refuse to be moved by the fiery darts of the accuser.
I know I'm not perfect, and I'm comfortable with that, but I know God NEVER
puts me down, so when those kinds of thoughts try to "creep" into my mind,
I know the creep who is behind them, and I make sure he gets behind me.
When we give satan our ear, we begin
a process of tearing ourselves down. As he persuades us to do things
we will condemn ourselves for later, we start to believe the lies he's
telling us, that we are a disappointment, that we are doomed to repeat
the same mistakes over and over, that we have problems in life that prevent
us from getting where we'd like to go. We begin to repeat satan's
lies to any one who will hear. Fear and unbelief gradually take our
daily life over completely. We lie awake at night wondering how this
happened. We ask ourselves, is there any way out?
No matter what your situation is,
God loves you completely, and Jesus's blood covers every sin. Every
single one. Because Jesus is alive in you, He will lead and guide
you by His Spirit (Romans 8:14). This is an indisputable fact.
Ask God what He wants you to do, and believe He will answer. If you
do, He will. It really is that simple. There have been situations
in my life that seemed fairly hopeless, but when I asked God to forgive
me for not putting Him and His will ahead of everything else, things began
to change. I stopped condemning myself, knowing God wasn't condemning
me. Changes came slowly at first, but before long, the things I asked
and believed for began to manifest in my life.
If you speak words regularly about
your inability to do things, and frequently remind people of your shortcomings,
you are playing into the enemy's hands. Begin today to see yourself
as God sees you. A masterpiece in progress. Someone He created
in His own image with a purpose, Who He is leading from glory to glory.
Someone who He is making more and more like Jesus Christ every single day.
Don't give the devil an inch.
Give him a foot!
Prayer request: Precious brothers
and sisters, this coming Friday night and all day Saturday, we will be
hosting an outdoor music festival in our area. We have musicians
traveling this week from Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, and
Iowa and all over western Pennsylvania. We believe this will be an
historic gathering which will impact many lives. Please pray for
the people involved as God leads. Details are available at www.mydaddylovesme.org/festival
When you go there, be sure to listen
to the first song on the demo CD, 'In the Lord I'm a Conqueror' by Tim
Daniel [LISTEN: MP3
| REAL AUDIO]:
I'll not be afraid/ I will have faith/
JESUS is with me/ I'm never alone/ Twenty four ours a day/ No matter what
comes/ I will not run/ I will take courage/ And conquer every worry in
my life/ That I face
My enemy lies/ Telling me I'm not
gonna make it/ He wants me to think/ That I'm weak and I'm gonna fall/
But GOD is my shield/ And I know He'll never forsake me/ 'Cause faithful
is the LORD of my salvation Who calls
Chorus: Nothing can separate me/
From the love I find in CHRIST/ I am secure in JESUS/ Standing firmly in
His strength and in His might/ Thanks be to GOD Who always leads me into
His triumph/ And I'm more than a conqueror/ In the LORD I'm a conqueror
I'm wearing a smile/ I am GOD's child/
Born of the SPIRIT/ Hidden in Christ/ Living in heaven above/ No demon
of hell/ Satan himself cannot get near me/ I'm resting in the grace of
GOD Who keeps me in His love (repeat chorus)