TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL (Saturday 13th March 2021)
“But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? Matthew 12:25-26 NKJV
WELCOME TO THE 72nd DAY OF OUR YEAR OF HIGHER HEIGHTS!
We will not cease thanking God for His mercies in our lives. We thank God for another weekend and for adding another full week to our lives on earth. If the LORD have not been on our side, we would not even be alive to see today. Blessed be the LORD God who have not given us to the teeth of our enemies.
Today we will be taking a trip backward to a well of wisdom that was dug on this platform almost five years ago. It’s my prayer that as you go through, you will find even more refreshing than we did when it was first published.
FIRST PUBLISHED FRIDAY 1ST APRIL 2016
I remember when we use to play some pranks with the first day of the month of April as kids; those who fell into our pranks were called “April Fools.” I hope you will not be an April fool this month. I guess that was why God had us share on divine wisdom yesterday.
Welcome to a fresh month form the LORD.
If you will make this month a month of seeking divine wisdom, you will eliminate all that is not God’s will for your life in your life. You will begin to see things that never moved before moving. You will begin to travel faster in life.
Lack of divine wisdom has been the greatest undoing of the human race. That was what was made clear in our devotional yesterday. But today, God is taking us deeper but in the same flow. We will be sharing on the wisdom of God for dealing with spiritual problems.
Foundationally, all problems of the human race began from the spirit realm. Adam’s fall in the Garden of Eden was not a physical thing, but a spiritual fall. He fell in the Spirit’s realm and that resulted in all the problems we have in the human race today. The spiritual was designed to be the birthplace of the natural by God.
For instance, if a man has not been killed in the spirit realm, no matter what happens to him in the natural realm, death will not be able to occur.
This could be too subjective to you, but I have heard of people who were involved in ghastly motor accidents that helpers certified them dead and took them to the mortuary only to meet them alive few days later. Death could not take them because they were not given over to it in the spirit realm.
What you have not been given over to in the spirit realm can never happen to you in the natural realm. Be it death, hell, or grave. It is the spiritual that determines what really happen to men in the natural.
THAT IS WHY YOU MUST UNDERSTAND THE TWO ASPECTS OF DIVINE WISDOM.
There are two shades of life; the spiritual and the natural – the subjective shade and the objective shade of life. There is divine wisdom for dealing with things objectively. That is the wisdom for handling practical problems. There is also divine wisdom for dealing with thing subjectively. That is the wisdom for dealing with spiritual problems.
With practical wisdom from God we deal with the natural objectively, and with spiritual wisdom from God we deal with the spiritual subjectively. I hope you understand me.
Since the spiritual is the birthplace of the natural, I want you to understand that the application of God’s wisdom in solving spiritual problem is one of the keys that will help you this new month. Our devotional text today holds one of the most ancient wisdom of God for dealing with spiritual problems.
A major highlight from the text says,
“If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?”
Now we all know that the kingdom of Satan is not divided against itself. So when we look at the text therefore, we can conclude that “Satan cannot cast out Satan.” In dealing with spiritual problems therefore, we must understand this wisdom from the Ancient of Days Himself.
Let me share with you a bit about spiritual problems. All spiritual problems are traceable to Satan himself. Even when the hand of a man is involved, he is actually the power behind that hand. That is why I tell us to try not to hate people he moves to move against us. Though not easy, we must understand the warfare and still respond in love.
Satan is responsible for that marriage that is crumbling. He is responsible for that health that is going down. He is responsible for that ministry that is under attack. He is responsible for that poverty, that loss of Job, that loss of peace. He is responsible for all evil. The Bible made this clear when it says;
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 NKJV
EXCEPT TO EXECUTE CORRECTIONAL JUDGMENT, GOD IS NOT USUALLY THE AUTHOR OF CRISIS.
Satan is the source of all evil. I think even a Child knows that. In dealing with spiritual problems therefore, you must learn to cast out Satan because when he leaves, all his works leaves with him.
The word “Satan” is not actually a name. It is a title. It means “opponent.” It is a title given to the fallen angel Lucifer who fell from glory and became the major opponent of God’s will, ways, and word. That was why when Peter opposed Jesus, and tried to discourage him from going to the cross to die for us, (obviously because he was ignorant) Jesus called him “Satan” (or opponent).
But the ancient wisdom we are uncovering today says “Satan cannot cast out Satan.” That means if you we are opposing God’s will, word, or way in any way, we will lack the power to deal with Satan.
Since, he is an opponent of God’s will, word and ways by nature, if we are not in synchronicity with God’s will, word or way in any way, we will be operating at the same plane with him. And on that plane, “Satan cannot cast out Satan.” The most effective way to deal with the devil therefore is to be submissive and obedient to God’s will, ways, and word! The Bible says,
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:7-8 NKJV
I believe the message of today’s devotional is clear. The ancient wisdom for dealing with all spiritual problems has been uncovered – just obey God!
People who are submissive to God will obey Him. When you walk in obedience, you walk in synchronicity. When you are synchronized, the devil will flee from you. The Bible says he is going about looking for whom to devour because he cannot devour everybody. If you are one of those breeds who obey God, the devil cannot devour you.
Make the month of April the month of walking in divine wisdom. One of the wisdom to embrace this month is “Submission” to God’s will, God’s way, and God’s word. If you do, the blessing of the LORD that makes rich and adds no sorrow will be your portion.
MAKE THIS SCRIPTURAL PASSAGE AN ADDITIONAL MEDITATION FOR TODAY;
“Come now, and let us reason together, “Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword”; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 1:18-20 NKJV