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December 1, 2015 | Daily Devotionals | December 1, 2015

Expect Mental Suggestion

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Every thought that encourages you to violate the express will of God is from Satan.  He understands the power of suggestion, and he knows he has a friend in you — your dark side that’s begging for indulgence. Satan’s suggestions are always intellectually, emotionally, sensually, or physically gratifying.  His suggestions always go to your need in the moment — for something new, comforting, reassuring, satisfying, or intriguing. Every suggestion is pregnant with pain, but that’s never revealed. 

Look at how he made a run at Eve: “Did God really say, ‘you must not eat from any tree in the garden…You will not surely die“…  “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3: 1, 4-5)

Translation:  “God didn’t tell you the full truth. If you stick to His way, you’ll miss out.  He’s preventing your development and fulfillment.  You should trust yourself on this one. Aren’t you curious?”

God’s man should audibly counter with, “Every word of God is flawless, He is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”  “Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar” (Proverbs 20:5-6). God’s man loves clear instruction, clear boundaries that protect him and amplify God’s voice, and the joy of obedience. If God feels the need to speak His mind on something, no other opinion matters.  Be ready to respond to the suggestion with the facts, body-slam all suggestions by Satan with a simple, smash-mouth response.

Satan elevates personal opinions over God’s spoken Word.

Father, thank you for your clear instruction


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