Jao Thaun On June - 1 - 2013

We all go through dark hours in our lives, in my case, dark days and even weeks. Times when trials and tribulations just seem to suffocate you, when burdens become so heavy that we can hardly bear them.¬† Have you ever been there? We all have. It’s in these dark hours in our lives that satan brings to us his 5 messages. Write them down.

  • Condemnation:
    Satan’s first message in the dark hour is that of condemnation. He likes to play the blame game. He will tell you that it is your fault that something happened, that no one likes you anymore or wants you around anymore. He will condemn you to yourself and condemn you to others. He will try to destroy your self-image, your confidence, and your self-worth. He will condemn you for you sins and failures. He will tell you you’re no good anymore, that God can’t use you or doesn’t want to use you anymore. He will tell you that you’re trash. It is because of this condemnation that many young Christians commit suicide, or fall into even deeper sin. Satan condemns them so much that they don’t return to God because he has convinced them that God doesn’t want them anymore. But He does. God’s in the sinner cleaning business. The Bible says “if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9, it also says in Romans 1:8, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus”. God doesn’t condemn us for our past, satan does, and he’s an expert at it. God will clean us up and use us again just like He did with David.

 

  • Bitterness:
    Satan’s second message in the dark hour is that of bitterness. He will lie to you and deceive you into believing that what you’re going through is really God’s fault or someone else’s fault. He will tell you things like, “God gave that blessing to them, but not to you, God must love them more.” or he will tell you that God brought this health condition in your life or loved one’s life as punishment or that God let a tragedy happen that He could have prevented. It is all God’s fault or it is all your spouse’s fault, or your parents fault or your boss’s fault. Satan’s ultimate goal is to make you bitter, if you are bitter you won’t be productive for God, or where you work, your marriage will suffer, your kids will suffer, everyone who is around you will suffer when you are bitter. It is a disease that eats you up from inside and spreads to all those you speak with. Satan wants you bitter at God so you will quit serving Him. He wants you bitter at your spouse to cause divorce. He wants you bitter at your boss so you’ll quit your job. But God says that “He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” The Bible also says that “All things work together for good to them that love God.” We all like biscuits, but each of the ingredients to biscuits, flour, butter, salt, etc. are not pleasant to eat, but when we mix them all together and put them through the firey oven, they work together to make something good. God loves us and allows things to come into our lives to bring about good and to bring Him glory. The only person we should ever be bitter at is the deceiver himself.

 

  • Doubt:
    The 3rd message in the dark hour is that of doubt. Does God really love me? Is it really worth all the problems to serve God in the ministry? or guild for that matter lol. Is the Bible true? Are God’s promises true? Are they for me? Will God really provide all my needs? Satan loves to cause us to doubt. It was doubt that led to Eve sinning in the garden, “Hath God said?” Satan is a liar, YES God really does love you, in fact, He loved you so much He gave the only gift He could give that was a sacrifice, His only begotten Son. John 3:16. Yes, God’s promises are true and they are for everyone. 1 Kings 8:56, 1 Cor. 1:20. He really will provide all your needs. Philp 4:19. Don’t be a doubting Thomas! Don’t listen to the devil.

 

  • Temptation:
    The 4th message in the dark hour is temptation. We get disgruntled at work or in the ministry, satan offers us a new “opportunity” or tells us we should just quit. That will show them! You better make sure it’s God’s will and not the devil. Don’t jump through every door that opens in your life, first look to see who opened the door! Satan loves to tempt. He preys on the lonely and offers them fornication. He preys on the disgruntled and bitter spouse and offers them adultery, comfort in another’s arms. He preys on the low-income minister and tells them to quit and get a regular job to give their family a better life. What’s better than serving God? Satan loves to tempt God’s children in the dark hour. He will offer everything he has to offer, the lust of the flesh (desire to do) the lust of the eyes (desire to have) and the pride of life (desire to be), but the Bible tells us to “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” that means fight back, fight him with the Word of God. And we can fight back, because God will never allow us to be tempted above that we are able, but will with the temptation make a way to escape, that we may be able to bear it. Flee temptation. Don’t put yourself in a place or around people or in a situation where the devil can tempt you, the best way to fight temptation is to avoid it by not giving place to the devil to be able to tempt you in the first place.

 

  • Despair:
    The 5th and final message in the dark hour is that of despair. O how satan loves to get us to worry. We worry about our finances, we worry about our relationships, we worry about our needs, we worry about the will of God for our lives, we worry about our health problems, we worry about other’s health problems, we worry about the bills getting paid, and most of all, we worry about the future. Satan loves it when we worry, because he knows that worry is the antagonist of faith, and whatsoever is not of faith, is sin. The Bible teaches that without faith it is impossible to please God. We’re also not to even worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of the things itself. God assures us that He will take care of us, He takes care of the sparrows and even the lilies, and we are worth so much more than birds and flowers. But sometimes we worry, we’re human, sometimes the trials are so heavy, it could be cancer, or finances, marital problems, it could even be wondering where you’re going to get the money to buy gas or where your next meal is coming from. It could also be problems at work or even finding a job. Or it could be a lawsuit or charges brought against you. Just remember that God is with you and will never give you more than you can bear, but He will give us all that we can bear to build our strength for the next and greater weight we will go through. Let that sink in a bit. He will never give us more than we can bear, but He will give us all that we can bear. And what are we supposed to do with all those burdens? We’re to cast it at His feet, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Just give it to God and let Him handle it. Trust Him. Have Faith in God, He has never let you go hungry, has He? He has brought you this far, hasn’t He? He has helped you before, right? Why do we always seem to fret and worry and despair each time we face a new trial? When will we learn to just “Have faith in God”? Mark 11:22

Condemnation leads to depression and robs our joy
Bitterness leads to hatred and robs our love
Doubt leads to discouragement and robs our faith (in God)
Temptation leads to disobedience and robs our relationship (with God)
Despair leads to fear and robs our peace

When dark times come, and you hear these 5 messages, know that it is not of God but of the devil. Tell that scum to go back to hell where he came from and leave you alone. Run to God in the dark hour! If satan condemns you and reminds you where you’ve been, remind him where he’s going and that he is condemned already to hell! If satan brings you a message of bitterness, tell him that if God never¬† blessed me again, I’d still have to praise Him for all eternity for the gift of eternal life. If satan wants you to doubt, remind him of your blessed hope in Christ Jesus and that all promises in Him are Yea and Amen. When satan tempts you, resist him, fight him with Scripture and he will flee from you. When satan tells you to worry and despair, you tell him that you cast all your cares on the Lord so there is nothing to worry about anymore. God will never condemn you, He will never make you bitter, or doubt, or despair, or tempt you, but satan will!

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8

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  1. Iconicfury says:

    A very good post! :)

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