Disobedience Opens the Door to the Enemy
God’s word and my personal experiences have taught me that disobedience opens the door for the enemy to oppress me. Disobedience is an invitation to God to lift His hand of protection from my life. Daniel 1 says that the Lord gave the enemy the victory over His people because of their disobedience. Also in Judges 13 we see the Lord allowing His people to be taken over by the Philistines because of their disobedience. These are just two of many examples in scripture.
It is not realistic to think I can insulate myself from trouble because it comes knocking on everyone’s door. However, I want to walk in obedience so that when trouble comes knocking it is Jesus that answers the door. When He answers, I ALWAYS WIN. I do not want to evict Jesus through my disobedience. I desperately need His protection. I cannot do life on my own. I cannot fight the devil in my own strength. I just can’t. He is a real enemy. When trouble comes my money, my degree, my connections, NONE of them can provide a lasting protection.
For the record, the enemy is ALWAYS on the attack. He is a relentless foe. He is so serious about doing his job well…to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). I cannot afford to be left uncovered. There were seasons of my life where I walked in disobedience and the scars were there to prove it. There were painful consequences that I had to deal with even after receiving Jesus’ forgiveness. The price that I had to pay for disobedience was not worth the pain.
God always requires obedience. We don’t get to pick and choose when or what we obey. A pattern of disobedience brings consequences. There is no way around it. God puts restrictions and instructs us for our own good and ultimately to bring Him glory. The beautiful thing about God is that He asks us to obey but also gives us the grace to do it. He wants His children to close the door to the enemy and claim the victory we already have in Him! There are tremendous rewards now and later for those that obey.
Are you being attacked by the enemy? Do you feel like you have the victory or are you being devoured? Are you walking in obedience? If not repent, receive God’s forgiveness and grace and begin to do ALL you know you should do.
And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. 1 John 2:17(NLT)
About the Author
Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me… 1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how • He gave me a house I couldn't afford • Healed two of my children • Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no 2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story. 3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos. 4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose. 5. I am addicted to prayer. 6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect. 7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line. 8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one. 9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8). 10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things. 11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30. 12. I love to experiment in the kitchen. 13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.) 14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me. 15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise. 16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite. 17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't. 18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google. 19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus. Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!