Avoiding Satan's Traps
I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Psalms 16:8
When we come to a crossroad in our lives we may be tempted to go in a direction that is against the will of God, simply because it meets our basic needs.
For example; in the eighties I was a struggling single mother with four children to feed. I was going back to school at nights, and working during the day. The first classes I took were classes leading to becoming a medical assistant. When I completed the certification I had no idea how little, at the time, it would pay to work in that field. I then went back to school in order to further my education and get a better paying job. At that time I was taking courses in business management, I was hoping to get a job as a medical office manager.
At every job I had I realized that folks would always tell me their problems, and I enjoyed helping others. So even though I was not working as a counselor, or a minister, I was still walking in the anointing that God had called me into from the beginning of time. I was young, and not mature in the Lord, and I was tossed about by one wind of change and then the other.
It was at that time when I was faced with one of the biggest temptations of my life. A friend of mine told me that a doctor she knew was looking for an office manager. I sent my resume, and I was called for an interview.
At the time all I knew about the doctor was that he was an OB/GYN, a woman's doctor. What I didn't know at the time was that this man was the biggest abortionist in the state. He got all the referrals from the agencies that sent women for abortions.
I remember walking in the office, and feeling a chill run up and down my body. I was interviewed by the current office manager, and then led into the office of the doctor. It was at that time I learned that the doctor did abortions. He explained to me what he did and asked if it bothered me. I lied, and said, "No, I am okay with it." A feeling of shame flooded over my body. I left the interview telling the Lord how sorry I was for lying, and thought to myself, "I won't have to worry, he won't hire me."
Three days later I was called and offered the job. The amount of salary I would make was over three times what I making at that time. I was blinded by the M.O.N.E.Y. and I accepted the job. I was told to come in the following Monday for my first training day.
I was not a "100% sold out for God" Christian at the time. I wavered, as I have said before, between going to Happy Hour on Fridays with my friends, and sitting in church on Sundays. But what I didn't know at the time was the Lord had placed an anointing on my life, and God was not going to let Satan destroy that anointing.
For the next few days I could not sleep. I would toss and turn and when I did sleep I had nightmares. Satan would come to my mind with visions of how much better the kids and I could live with that money. We were in low-income apartments. That money would mean we could rent a single-family house, with a yard. I wrestled with the Lord with that thought. I said, "God surely you would rather us get out of this apartment and into a nice house!" God was silent. Try as I might I could not get confirmation from God to take that job.
My friends, who at the time were half-baked Christians like me, said, "Are you crazy? Take the job!"
I had a dream on the Sunday prior to the first day at work. In the dream God showed me Jesus on a high mountain, and Jesus and Satan were flying around looking at everything below that mountain. Of course this is exactly what happened during the Temptation of Christ, Satan told Jesus the following;
“All these things I will give you if you fall down and do an act of worship to me.” Matthew 4:9
Then Jesus said this; "Get away, Satan! It is written: 'The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.'"
I woke up in a cold sweat, with my body literally shaking. God spoke to me that I was at a crossroad, with my free will I needed to decide that following God and His laws was the only way I could go if I truly wanted to follow God's will for my life. I was not even clear at the time about what His will was. If I went the other way, I would lose my relationship with the Lord, but I would gain worldly success.
Suddenly out of my mouth came the words of scripture hidden in my heart, "I will not be moved." At that moment, I had made my choice. I could not live with myself, no matter how much money was involved, by participating in the murder of unborn children.
Before leaving for the first day of work that morning I called and said, "I have changed my mind. I can not work for an abortionist." Shortly after that the doctor himself called me and said, "I don't understand this, you told me you were okay with what we do here." I said, "I lied, I cannot do it. I am a Christian." He hung up on me. I didn't care because the peace of the Lord flooded my being and I was sure I was in HIS will.
I was inspired to teach this today, because of the email I get, I know a lot of you are feeling desperate. You may be offered a job that is at a place, or doing something that you know, that you know, is not what a Christian should be doing. You are trying to look at it "logically." You are thinking, "Surely, this job or this situation is better then what we have now, God will understand!"
God is saying to you these words of scripture from Deuteronomy 6:18;
"Do what is right and good in the Lord's sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers."
Just so you will know, shortly after I turned down the job with the abortion doctor, God miraculously opened a door for me to be a regional office manger for a state rehabilitation office. That job paid, $70,000 a year in 1992. I was able to move in a completely different direction that led to more educational opportunities, and God opening a door to me finding the church that I was ordained in.
God's promises are faithful and true. Satan is always going to try and tempt us with bigger and better things. If he did this with Jesus, as His followers, we will be tempted in similar ways.
God will never close a door without opening another, better one, in front of us. I Joshua 24:15 we read the following;
"But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD."
I believe that some of you today are thinking about doing something, or moving somewhere, that would put you in a place God doesn't want you to be. I believe that if you will choose the way of the Lord and tell Him today "I will not be moved!" God will meet you right where you are and turn the situation around in a way that He and He alone gets the glory!
Father, help us to avoid the temptations that Satan puts across our paths today and always. Help us to stand on Your Promises for us. You are a miracle working God, and today as we choose to "not be moved" we claim one of those miracles for our own! In Your Name, The Name above all names we pray today. Amen and Amen.
© Cathie Miller 2011
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