Friday, June 15, 2012

BIBLE | Smile while you vanquish demons

God says that a good attitude is key to fighting demons (or the like).

In "God's Answer for Weariness," Joyce Meyer speaks on one's attitude during a storm such as that presented by a horde of demons, and she speaks on the importance of recognizing and maintaining one's control over your attitude while weathering said storm.

To help with this, she says, we have a couple of promises from God that we can keep in mind:

He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might. He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].
- Isaiah 40:29

But those who wait for the Lord shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
- Isaiah 40:31

Here's what she had to say about the last verse, and, in particular, the 'eagle' analogy in Isaiah 40:31:
You have to understand something about eagles before you can fully appreciate this verse.
Eagles have tunnel vision, [and] I believe that we do, too, in a certain way of speaking. 
They can see a storm coming a long way off. Well, they don't run; [but], now, chickens in a chicken yard, they see a storm coming, they scurry around and kick up the dirt and run for the chicken house with all the other chickens.
Joyce Meyer's impression of an eagle weathering life's storms
But, not an eagle. An eagle takes advantage of the storm and waits for it. Now, what happens when a storm hits them—they're ready—it bounces them up. They're lifted up! The downdraft—or whatever it is—the storm [lifts them up], and they just fly around up there in the sun, and look down at the silly thing, and they've actually used it to lift them up higher. 
Now, yes, God does permit storms in our lives; but, he only allows hard things to come into our lives if it's intended to work out for our good, and to ultimately lift us up higher and make us stronger.
Now, you might ask, "Yeah, but did God have demon fighting in mind as a source of weariness when He made those promises? It sounds like to me that you're just trying to make a couple of Bible verses fit your situation."

The answer:

Satan will seek to wear out the saints of the Most High God.
- Daniel 7:25

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