Today’s Promise is Ezra 4:1-2 NKJV:
“Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the descendants of the captivity were building the temple of the Lord God of Israel, they came to Zerubbabel and the heads of the fathers’ houses, and said to them, ‘Let us build with you, for we seek your God as you do…'”
Any soldier knowledgeable in warfare knows that the best way to defeat an enemy is from the inside. And Satan and his army are experts at infiltration and sedition. Though these verses speak about the rebuilding of the Temple ordered by King Cyrus, they tell of deeper truth. Having learned the hard way, I can speak to the craftiness of our adversary’s tactics. When someone becomes a new believer, or is a believer who is coming into their spiritual giftings, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement. We want to share our experiences with fellow believers and learn from those who appear more experienced. Especially, if the Lord has commissioned us with a ministry or we feel He is leading us in a new direction.
The last thing the enemy wants is for you to fulfill your purpose in God’s Kingdom, and the easiest way to prevent that is from within the church, whether it be through discouragement, undermining, bad counsel, or misdirection, steering you toward activities that make you feel good, but do nothing to help you accomplish what God has called you to. Jesus commanded us to be “wise as serpents” (Matthew 10:16), and, as the elders of Israel knew, not all who claim to serve God do. The more time we spend with the Lord, the more wise and discerning we will become. And the more sure we will be of our calling and destiny in Christ.
Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, leading me and guiding me in the path You have chosen for me. Grant me the Spirit of discernment, in Jesus’ name, that I might remain on that path and not be led astray or discouraged along the way. Speak Your truth to my heart, Lord. Amen.
Have a victorious day in the Lord!