A few years ago, God urged me to create this blog called That Next Level Thinking. The call to action was to challenge individuals to think on a deeper level. Above all, God has gifted me with the ability to think. I am a thinker. Beyond my ability to write, the gifting that I share with you is my ability to think. The bible says that whatever our gifts are, we should use them to bless others:

10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen, (1 Peter 4:10-11, NLT).

Today, I am going to challenge you. With everything that I have I am going to challenge you to think. For the next few minutes as you read this devotional, I am going to challenge you to go deeper. Before you continue reading, I urge you take a second to ask God to prepare your heart to receive what I am about to say….

…Children of God, there is a bounty on our heads. Satan wants us dead. The minute that we decided to take up the cross and follow Jesus, Lucifer’s henchmen went on the attack. Since the beginning of time, the devil’s mission has been to annihilate the word of God. Friend, media have done a good job personifying the devil. Now, we think that we can recognize the devil with our natural eyes. The visual that we have is of a ghastly, gory beast whose eyes are deep set and piercing. Based on the devil’s PR photos, we would definitely recognize him when we see him. Right? Wrong! I am here to caution, no, to beg you to dismiss such erroneous thinking. Ephesians 6:12 tells us that, “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places, (NLT).” The passage says “unseen world.” In the natural, the devil is charismatic, sexy, beautify and alluring. Tell the truth, if we were to see the media-depicted devil approaching us, we would run for our lives? Unfortunately, the devil is the master of disguises. He uses our vices. He’s our depression, our anxiety our doubt, our prostitution, our cocaine. We invite him in our hearts and our secret places daily. We romance him. We caress him. He erodes us from the inside out. Seldom are his attack external. Why would his attacks be external when he unsuspectingly cause us to self-implode?
Satan is a virus. To demonstrate what I mean by this, let’s use the HIV virus as an example. Outside of our bodies, the HIV virus is harmless. It is only an impending threat. However, once it enters the body, it uses the body’s cell mechanism to reproduce itself. Once the virus has replicated itself, the duplicate viruses then attack the body from the inside. Satan works in a similar fashion. He looks for holes in our infrastructure. He uses our fears, our doubts and our weaknesses. Once he has a stronghold inside of us, he uses our own mechanisms to tear us down. Friend, I am here to tell you that the heaviness and weightiness that we feel is not always the burdens of clinical depression, which is valid medical diagnosis. Sometimes, it’s a spiritual attack. Satan knows we have a calling on our lives, and he will attack us with everything that he has. Even as I write this devotional, the devil is trying to distract me. I feel a deep conviction that God will use these words will liberate someone. Psalm 91:3-7 says,

“For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. 4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. 5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. 6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. 7 Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you, (NLT).”

Please know today, that regardless of what you are facing, God has already devised a plan. Before the beginning of time, God knew that the enemy would come after us. However, we should take delight in the fact that the devil has already been defeated. Jesus comforted us by saying, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world,” (John 16:33).

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