Wednesday, August 8, 2018

How to Play Tennis With the Devil


Now right off the bat, you may be saying, “why would anyone want to play tennis with the devil?”  My answer:  Because Jesus did it first by example.  We will read all about it in Matthew 4:1-11 shortly.
God told us in His word to fight the good fight of faith (I Timothy 6:12).  When the enemy comes to you with suggestions of doubt and fear, it’s like we are in a tennis match.  When he swings doubt and fear in our direction, what are we going to do?  Are we going to swing back with the word of God or are we going to sit there until we are under such a huge pile of negativity that we can’t see how to get up again?  Let’s see how Jesus fought the good fight of faith in Matthew 4:1-11.
1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2 And when He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, afterward He was Hungry.
3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said “If you are the son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
[Tennis ball 1 is thrown by the enemy] [To say to Jesus:  If You are the son of God”, implies that He may not be the son of God]  [The enemy is trying to get Jesus Christ to question His own identity here]
4 But He answered and said, “It is written man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
[Jesus hit the tennis ball back with the word of God:  “It is written”][Question:  What is written in God’s word to combat the threats of failure and the lies the enemy personally tries to feed you?]
5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple
6 And said to Him “If You are the Son of God, throw yourself down for it is written
‘He shall give His angels charge over you, and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone’ “
[Here the devil is trying to use pride to get Jesus to prove Himself to the enemy.  He is using the bible to mock him.  Basically, the enemy is saying, “kill yourself, If you are really the son of God you won’t die, doesn’t your bible say the angels won’t even let you cut your foot?]  [See before pride truly comes a great fall.  How many times have we tried to defend ourselves to people who attempted to assassinate our character?  We get angry because:  “we are real Christians”.  Then we find ourselves acting outside of the character of Jesus while we are” proving” ourselves. ] 
[Do you know what God told me once?  When people are trying to offend you, it’s like they are handing you a bomb.  Don’t pick up that bomb! ] [Think about it.  What happens if you pick up a bomb?  You explode!]
7 Jesus said to him “It is written again “you shall not tempt the Lord your God”
[Jesus keeps hitting that tennis ball with his racquet] [You have the word of God to combat the negative thoughts and whispers of the enemy.]
8 Again the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
9 And he said to Him “All these things I will give you if you will fall down and worship me.
[Ahh now we see what the enemy is really after.]  [He couldn’t get Jesus subtlety with doubt, he couldn’t get Him with pride, so now he thinks he will try and get Him with greed.]
10 Then Jesus said to him, “away with you Satan!  For it is written ‘you shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve’ “
[Tennis ball hit boom!]
11 Then the devil left Him and behold angels came and ministered to Him.
[And that’s game Y’all]
And that is how a faith fight is won!  That is how you resist the enemy and he has to flee!
The same way the enemy came to tempt Jesus; he comes to us as well.  You see Jesus already told us in His word that – If they hated Him they will hate us too.  No servant is greater than his master.
The enemy tries to plant seeds of doubt in our minds with whispers that undermine who God called us to be.  What do these whispers sound like?
“Are you really an author?”
If you were really an entrepreneur, wouldn’t you have made more sales by now?”
“You’re too old to start this journey – you should have decided to do this when you
were younger.”
“You don’t have enough credentials to speak, teach, write, or own a business.”
Many motivational speakers refer to this as “negative self-talk”.  But I’m here to expose it as the lie from the pit of hell that it is.  It is the enemy trying to trick you out of your inheritance.  Your right to the abundant life.
So what are you going to do?  Are you going to let the enemy hit you with a barrage of tennis balls until you’re knocked out on the ground?  Or are you going to swing that racquet back and fight the good fight by agreeing with God’s words for your life?
Come on hit those tennis balls across that court!
The next time you are in a tennis match with the enemy, fight the good fight of faith.  Speak the word of God.
by Lamonique Mac
Read more from Lamonique at: https://lamoniquemac.wordpress.com/

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