“The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” Psalm 147:11
Sometimes the devil tries to get us down and makes us lose hope. So what can we do? Tell Him to go ahead!
“What?” you say? Let me explain…
Do you remember that famous line, “Go ahead, make my day?” It was in the movie, Sudden Impact, with Clint Eastwood. Eastwood played a cop and was holding a gun to someone’s head, daring the ‘bad guy” to try anything.
(“Go ahead, make my day” 1983 film Sudden Impact. In 2005….Wikipedia)
I was doing my personal devotions a few days ago and was honestly looking for some hope and I found it in God’s Word. (as always!) It made me want to say to the enemy, “Go ahead, make my day.” I wanted to dare Him to make a move, because I knew, with God in control, I/we would win.
See, I was strong because I trusted God’s strength, not my own, after reading God’s Word. Though the enemy tried, He could not keep me down. He could not because I have God on my side! He cannot win over God’s power, which can make the enemy flee!
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. James 4:7
Something that does take my joy at times…The news! As it comes on my phone and I read it, I get very negative. Doesn’t it seem at times that we are living in a crazy movie? Doesn’t it seem like things we know and love are being changed or fought over? People are divided along political lines. It seems like our country has more problems than ever. I guess I feel like things are going downhill, way too fast!
But, as long as we have God, we have hope!
Thank the Lord that our hope is not based on our temporary home and life here! The enemy can not take away our eternity and our Good News, as long as we lean on the Lord’s resources!
Remember what Paul said…
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Here are some things we can say to the enemy:
1. “Go ahead, make my day.”
2. “I have the power of God to use against you.
3. I choose not to despair but to trust my loving God for hope and a future.
4. You can try, but you cannot destroy me. I have God on my side! You cannot beat God!”
5. I am a warrior. God is my commanding officer. Watch out!
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:11
I hope you are able to have hope today, even if your life is not so comfy or smooth. Just know that you can have a future of hope that is perfect!
Have a great and powerful and hopeful day in the Lord!