Jeremiah 7:23 says, “…but I leave them this command: obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the ways I command you, that all may go well with you.”
Our lives are busy, our minds and schedules are very full and some manage to scrape by answering every inquiry with, “I am just doing the best I can, waiting for my breakthrough.”
Praying and waiting for a breakthrough is all good and well, and it is what we ought to do when we have done all that we were supposed to do. But how many times have you wondered, “Why is this happening to me? Where is this mighty God?” How often have you turned up the stereo and grabbed at the air singing about how you will take back what the devil stole from you, when you know you are not doing the best you can? We declare and decree the blessings of the Lord knowing in our hearts there is animosity, jealousy, or unforgiveness. We beg God to bless us when there are unpaid bills, unfinished assignments, or amends to be made.
Sometimes we do things, thinking we are making the best decision without praying about it first, end up in a worse situation, and blame the devil for messing up our life. Sometimes, it is our own pride, selfishness, and disobedience that puts us in the situations we are in, not the devil.
If you give God nothing, nothing will come back; (nothing pressed down, shaken together or running over!) If you don’t pay your taxes because you hate the government, I assure you, eventually, you will pay what you owe and more. If you neglect or mistreat your relationships, they will become insignificant and eventually taken from you. If you live your life controlling and manipulating people, do not be surprised to find yourself controlled and manipulated.
When you love, love will come back to you. When you reap kindness, kindness is shown to you. When you give generously and unconditionally, you will reap likewise, when you pay your bills on time, you will not have to worry about late fees and unwanted phone calls later… get the picture?
Let me say this bluntly; stop blaming the devil all the time for messing up your life. He will gladly keep you in your mess and laugh at you while you struggle, but sometimes it wasn’t him that got you there, it was you.
Remember the Ten Commandments? Live your life accordingly so that all may go well with you!