A few weeks ago I began asking the Lord, “OK, God….what’s the deal with this whole A.L.S. thing?” I asked it because the Bible says, “…lest satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” (2 Cor. 2:11) I knew the devil was behind all this but I needed to know the “devices” so I could fight strategically. God definitely responded.
The Lord showed me several things concerning my situation. I want to share the main “device” He showed me that may bring light to YOUR situation that YOU are facing. The Apostle Paul faced one of satan’s devices more than once. Read this….
1 Thessalonians 2:18 – (MKJV) “Therefore we desired to come to you, truly I, Paul, both once and twice; but satan hindered us.”
When I read this I immediately researched the word “hindered.” After much study, I wrote the same verse with the extended definition of the word “hindered” added. It described my own situation perfectly; and maybe yours too. As you read this…..the first part is the Amplified Version but after the words “impeded us” it’s all definition from Strong’s and Vine’s Dictionary.
(1 Thes. 2:18 AMP) Because it was our will to come to you. [I mean that] I, Paul, again and again [wanted to come], but satan hindered and impeded us………….by breaking up the road, by placing an obstacle sharply in our path; “detaining” us unnecessarily with “hindrances” in the way of reaching others; also “hindering” progress in the Christian life. Yes, satan, “who broke up the road along which I was traveling so well…..”
Wow, wow, wow! If satan hindered Paul then he will attempt to hinder us. I believe that satan attempts to use the device of hindering as a “weapon formed AGAINST us.” He wants to stop us in our tracks….any way he can. BUT…….Isaiah 54:17 says, “No weapon that has been made to be used against you will succeed. You will have an answer for anyone who accuses you. This is the inheritance of the LORD’S servants. Their victory comes from me, declares the LORD.” (GW) This is GOOD NEWS for you and me! God has given us His Word to defeat satan’s “device” of hindering us with his weapons. Folks, we have to remember that every word from the devil is a lie. Every Word from God is truth! And His Word defeats every lie of satan. The question is, do we believe God’s Word over satan’s words? If so, then declare it!
I challenge you to begin praying this verse from Isaiah like I am…..”I Believe and declare that according to Isaiah 54:17 — “No weapon that has been made to be used against me will succeed. I will have an answer for anyone who accuses me, like the devil. This is the inheritance of the LORD’S servants, and I am a servant of the Lord. And the Lord declares that my victory comes from HIM!”
If you would like to READ the 3 page document I wrote, when the Lord showed me how I should pray to defeat ALS, then click this link: https://footwrites.com/als-strategy/
Pastor Kevin Kinchen