Reading and meditating on the Word of God today, I find warnings in both the Old and New Testament and can only say,”Pray.” Pray that you do not fall prey to the enemy’s deception and fall away like a helpless and harassed sheep.
Years ago, I was in a desperate place of prayer while asking the Lord to sear His Word upon my heart. I remember crying as I emphatically stated, “Or, I don’t know what will happen to me!” The Spirit within me issued this request to God; He was giving me insight to the above warning. Without the truth of God within us, we are all susceptible to deception.
Jesus knew the Word and quoted it when the enemy came at Him with lies (Matthew 4). You and I must do the same. Let us not be so quick to run and seek man’s counsel when the enemy comes against us like a flood. Isaiah 2:22 states, “Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?” My husband, Jon, learned this truth first hand. Early in our married life, he was desperate for answers on how to provide for his family. He saw that we were down to our last $50 in the bank, so he sought wisdom from his father. Oh, how I loved Bill Beamer! He simply told his son, “You’ve got to pray!”
Pray. Jon obeyed. He immediately went to his truck, cried out to God, and was baptized by the Holy Spirit! That, my friend, is the true riches of heaven (Luke 11:13)! In the power of God’s Spirit, Jon put to death his carnal way of thinking that led him to fear of failure. He began speaking the Word of God with conviction over our lives, and I am living proof as his wife that God’s Word does not return void!
“The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder Your statues. To all perfection I see a limit; but Your commands are boundless. Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on Your statutes” (Psalm 119:95-99).