You are NOT being beat up by the Devil, nor is God withholding from you to teach you a lesson.

Are you listening? You are NOT being beaten up by the Devil, nor is God withholding from you to teach you a lesson!

However, you may be dabbling in things that might make that happen … but most often that just isn’t the case.

Now, before you get your feathers all ruffled, stop long enough to ask yourself a few questions. Questions I started asking myself after one of our congregational members came to visit me and poured out her heart regarding the challenges and woes that her life was facing.
 
Because her visit had interrupted me in the middle of a task, I asked her to walk with me while I finished so that I could hear her better. Perhaps it was because I was not looking at her directly, or perhaps the Lord just wanted me to hear something I’d never really paid attention to before, but while I talked, I noticed certain phrases that she was using, that I’ve heard in church often. In fact, I believe I’ve used all of them myself!

Un-conditional Love – Oh Really?

“Sweetheart,” the young mother said, as she leaned over her teenage daughter sitting on the couch pouting. “Don’t you understand that God and I love you UN-conditionally?”

“If that’s the case then you’d let me do what I want to do and it would be okay, right? the daughter replied.

“Well, that’s not what I meant.” the mother responded.

“Then your love is conditional and God is a liar!” the daughter shouted, stomping out of the room.

Too Fast and Furious Too

Hey! Here’s a good one …

After inquiring about a ministry project that a fellow minister was working on, I received a stream of excuses about why they had not progressed since the last time I’d asked.

First it was that the devil was beating them up. (Amazingly, this had been occuring every three months, for three months at a time, for the past ten years) I finally just stopped asking about the battle.

This time it was a new approach. After having asked a few key questions about why the devil was so busy beating them up, I heard a different line of reasoning that pertained to their cautious approach and indecisiveness in how to proceed next.