BECAUSE YOU HAVE KEPT MY COMMAND TO PERSEVERE, I ALSO WILL KEEP YOU FROM THE HOUR OF TRIAL WHICH SHALL COME UPON THE WHOLE WORLD, TO TEST THOSE WHO DWELL ON THE EARTH
I was twelve years old and learning German in school for the first time. One of the first things I learned was to count in German. I was very proud of my accomplishment and could not wait to show my daddy what I have achieved.
So, one day, I ran excitedly to him and shouted, “Daddy, guess what I can do? I can count to one hundred in German.” I opened my mouth to start counting, but suddenly my daddy took the words right out of my mouth…and started counting in German for me. He was very proud of his accomplishment, too.
The disappointment in my little twelve-year-old heart was immense. However, it was not the disappointment that stayed with me for the rest of my life, but the misinterpretations from the father-of-lies that formed in me, that day: that I was not special…that there was nothing unique I could bring to the table…that because I did not count the numbers to my daddy, I did not count, as a person, to anybody. These misinterpretations stayed with me, until I decided to keep myself from the wicked one. I submitted these trials to the Lord Jesus, who knew how to deliver me out of temptations.
THE LORD KNOWS HOW TO DELIVER THE GODLY OUT OF TEMPTATIONS
(2 Peter 2:9).
Because I surrendered that twelve-year-old with her misinterpretations to God, He kept me from the hour of trial with which the father-of-lies tempted me. Through His Spirit, God spoke into my heart and told me how special I was to Him, and that He created me to be unique, with a very specific purpose. After that, I was set free from the misinterpretation from the wicked one—that I did not count to anybody.
WE KNOW THAT WHOEVER IS BORN OF GOD DOES NOT SIN; BUT HE WHO HAS BEEN BORN OF GOD KEEPS HIMSELF, AND THE WICKED ONE DOES NOT TOUCH HIM
(1 John 5:18).
What childhood misinterpretations from the father-of-lies live in your heart: oppressing beliefs that accuse you of not being special…of not having a purpose…of not being unique?
Will you surrender these misinterpretations to the Lord Jesus, so He may deliver you from the trials and temptations of the wicked one?
PRAYER: Most High, how encouraged I am that You are able to keep me from the trials with which the father-of-lies tempts me. How comforted I am that You know how to deliver me from these temptations. Remind me, daily, to submit these trials to You, so the wicked one will not touch me with his misinterpretations.
Maintain an Awareness
Often times, we use the same defense mechanisms we saw our parents or other authority figures use, during our childhood lives. If they hid behind a smile to pretend that everything was OK, we learned to do the same.