Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ain't no bribe big enough...

Something happened last night...I don't know if it was a dream or a vision or what.  I believe I was asleep but I'm not sure.  In the middle of the night, I was awakened by the enemy.  I had a conversation with him that really set my blood to boiling.  You see, he was trying to convince me that he was offering me a 'favor.'  He told me that he would allow my ENTIRE family to be saved...IF I would simply give my soul to him.  Now that does sound like a tempting offer.  My whole family would be able to go to heaven to be with the Lord.  However, I would belong to the enemy. 

I told the enemy...NO WAY.  James 4:7 tells us "Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."  Can the enemy 'allow' my family to be saved?  NO!  What does John tell us in chapter 14 verse 6..."Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me."  There is no way in the universe that the devil can 'allow' my family to be saved by my giving him my soul!  The only way my family will know the saving grace of God is if they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Yes, I desire for my family to be saved...yes, I pray that each one of my children, grandchildren, parents, brother, in-laws, aunts & uncles, nieces & nephews will come to know Christ!  But, I can't make that decision for them.  They must go through Jesus to get to the Father in heaven. 

I don't know why this vision or dream or whatever it was happened...but one thing I do know...I am a child of the King and NOTHING that the enemy throws at me will change that.  The funny thing is when I really woke up, I wasn't worried or upset or frightened.  I know the truth.  I know what happens...I have read the back of the Book.  I am a little irritated that the enemy would think he could bribe me.  He ought to know by now that there is no bribe big enough to get my soul.  I guess his job is to steal, kill and destroy.  Well, he's not gonna steal my joy...he's not gonna kill me and he's not gonna destroy my relationship with my Father!  James said to resist the devil and he will flee.  It's like the song Jesus, Take the Wheel says, Jesus, take the wheel...take it from my hands...I can't do this on my own. 

I gave Him the wheel of my life long ago...I don't even want to attempt to do it without Him in control.

Walking the walk, talking the talk!


Jenifer Metzger said...

The thing that struck me was you woke up peaceful! Just reading it sent chills down my spine, I can not imagine having that dream/vision. Praise God you realized that the enemy can not give us salvation! Thank you for sharing.

Unknown said...

I agree with what Jenifer said. You are standing strong on the Word of God. You were able to come against satan with the scriptures because you have hidden them in your heart. That's awesome!

Phather Phil Malmstrom said...

What a powerful experience that must have been! I love the fact that you awoke with a sense of Peace after standing your ground on His Word.

Thank you for sharing this, and have a Blessed Day!

Pamela said...

Oh wow...such a frightening dream but we know God has power over the devil and that He flees when faced with God's Word. I thought it amusing that the devil had to come to you at night, trying to trick you. He knew a fresh Debi wouldn't give him the time of day! Kinda fooled him in your dreams, huh?!!