You can choose who to serve. You can either serve God or Satan. Someone may ask, “Is there anyone who can choose to serve Satan?” Yes, you can. Choosing is not necessarily about speaking with your mouth and say, “I choose Satan.” It is more of actions. It is often said that actions speak louder than words and that is true.
When you yield yourself to sin, you are serving Satan. However, if you yield yourself to obedience, you serve God because He is the author of righteousness.
Romans 6:16 says, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”
This scripture shows that your actions are very important in the spiritual battle we are facing. You may recognize that your actions are important in the physical realm because of their consequences. But you must realize also that even in the spiritual realm they are important. Speaking negatively about people may hurt those people thus releasing demonic forces against them. Over and above the physical and natural dimensions, there are spiritual dynamics in place. Even if what you say or do does not affect anybody, it will affect you. How? Negative actions like venting anger, resentment, frustration or unforgiveness open a door to the devil to enter into your life. If you do these things, you yield or present yourself to Satan. It is the devil that influences you to act in this manner because he wants you to open the door to him. In other words he is always knocking at the door of your life.
Human anger is not of God
According to James 1:20, the Bible says, “For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” The wrath or anger of man do not produce or manifest the righteousness of God. If you allow anger and bitterness to occupy your life, such do not in any way accomplish the desires and goodness of God. The flesh cannot accomplish or fulfill the purposes of God. So you should not give place to losing temper and anger. That is not how the kingdom of God works. It does not matter whether anyone hears you or not when venting anger; it affects your own life.
The devil is always looking for an opportunity to attack your life. He jumps quickly to enter any open door in your life. The purpose for doing that is clear. It is to steal, kill and destroy.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).
The enemy is working hard to accomplish his mission. Look at what he likes and enjoy. It is written in James 3:16, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”
Be careful of what you say with your mouth. Doing so will ensure you are protected from the tricks and deception of the devil. In Psalms 141:3 it is recorded “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”
Learn to be in control of your thought life. That is where all things start. What you think leads to the words you speak. The words you speak lead to actions. Captivate every thought to the obedience of Christ. We have weapons to use according to 2 Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
Be in control of your actions. Demonstrating the fruit of the spirit ensures that the works of the flesh do not manifest. Let us read Galatians 5:22-24:
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
With the above, no devil can have access in your life. No law can work against you. No law of flesh, the world, death can work against you. Only the law of life in Christ Jesus becomes operational in your life. The devil will be deprived of any chance to implement his mission found in John 10:10. You therefore need to be always conscious of the spiritual dynamics in action in your life.
God wants your life to be yielded to Him. If that happens, His power and blessings are released in your life. On the other hand, Satan wants you to be yielded to him so he can release his death and destruction. All ungodliness including bitterness and unforgiveness are an inroad of the devil into your life. So avoid the snares of the enemy. Please understand that there is no in between in life. It is either you are submitting to God and His influences or to the devil and his influences. Always remember that when you act you are releasing spiritual power in your life. It depends on who is in charge i.e. God or Satan. Therefore, allow me to state that the results you are reaping in your life today are as a result of the one to whom you have yielded yourself.
How are things conceived in our lives?
Let us look at a principle of conceiving things that finally manifest in our lives. It shows us how things are manifested in life. In other words, the principle shows us how things are created in our lives, good or bad. Please note that even though it appears on the negative, it also applies to the positive. We take it from the epistle of James 1:14-15:
Jas 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Jas 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
We see here that one is first drawn away from something into something else. One always occupies a certain position in life. When a word of life or deception is presented, you are drawn away. Then you get tempted if it is evil. After being drawn, we see that there is a conception stage, which leads to sin, then death. This scripture makes it clear that sin is conceived in your emotions. Any emotion you conceive, good or evil you birth it. It is important therefore to resist any thought that you do not want to be reality in your life. These thoughts may be those of anger, depression, suicide, marriage problems. Since we are in a spiritual battle, the devil takes advantage of those negative thoughts and emotions. Once thoughts have been emotionalized, they are created into tangible reality. Ensure therefore as a child of God that you quickly fight negative thoughts and abort them. Replace them with good ones i.e. positive thoughts and emotionalize them in order to see their reality. That quickens the creation process.
The devil is looking for people to devour according to 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
Satan is a thief, killer, and destroyer. He has no authority to devour just anybody. Otherwise, we would all be destroyed by now if he was able to do so. You have to give him authority first for him to carry out his mission in your life. You must first yield to him.
We also learn that God has a will for our lives. But again, we also need to yield to him. Yielding to Him means we are giving Him authority. Jesus in John 10:10, says, “… I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The Lord Jesus Christ wants to release His life in you by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the kind of life the devil is trying you steal, kill, and destroy in you. It is worth stating that both forces are able to manifest your thoughts and emotions. The good news is that you are the determining factor. It depends on you as to which force you allow. So what make the difference in your life are your thoughts, choices, and actions.
Your words are powerful
It is important to understand that your words are creative and powerful. They can have a strong and lasting impact in your life and those around you. How is that so? Your thoughts result in the words you speak. The words you speak express what you have come to accept and believe. What you believe will result in actions. You therefore need the Word of God to believe the right thing. Fill your heart with them so they can govern your thought life. The words you speak to people under your authority impact them. Ensure therefore that you build your children with good words. Create a beautiful life for your children. Avoid destroying them with words spoken in anger. Spoken words either shape or destroy lives.
Proverbs 18:20-21 has the following to say:
Pro 18:20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
Pro 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
If you speak negative words, the devil will use them against your life and your loved ones. The scripture above means that one’s life is filled or satisfied according to the abundance of words spoken through the mouth. Before words can be spoken there must have been conceived thoughts. Once one has conceived something, it will surely come to pass. Negative words, strife, and depression can cause serious problems in a family. These things can affect family members especially children. Learn to create a good environment for your family. Let your children have a safe and good environment for them to grow up. This will boost their confidence and creativity, which is a good base for life.
Ignorance is dangerous
Ignorance of how spiritual forces work has led to the destruction of many families, relationships, and lives. Awareness of these spiritual forces will help you to be careful of thoughts, words, and actions. James 3:16 has the following to say:
“For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”
Most people have accepted strife and fighting as normal where there are people. These are behaviors viewed as unavoidable. But as much as there may be disagreements on some issues of life, they can be better handled than allowing strife to rule. The problem is that there are spiritual forces that come to play in such an environment. As a result things can completely come out of hand. The Bible above states that there will be confusion where there is envying and strife. The worst part is that it does not end with confusion, but EVERY evil work. There are demonic activities. It means the devil can manipulate the situation and do any evil he wants against you. These are things that activate the operation of the devil against your life.
In 1 Corinthians 14:33 the Bible says, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” We learn here that God is not the author of confusion. We serve a God of peace. Peace must rule in our lives all the time. If there is peace, the enemy is denied access. Now, if God is not the author of confusion then who is? The obvious answer is that it is the devil. The devil likes confusion. He feeds and breeds in confusion and strife. That is why every evil work is found there. In such circumstances, the devil is in control. I am sure that you don’t want such as a child of God. The good thing is that you are the determining factor. Avoid it. Fight it in Jesus name.
Confusion and strife open the door wide to the devil and his demons to manifest. They give Satan the opportunity to destroy you and everything you care about. In such circumstances you will start seeing different forms of tragedy, poverty, sickness, and death manifesting. The devil is like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. The best thing you can do is to resist the devil and ensure that no door is open to him. He is your enemy.
Blessings in Jesus Name!