Put the Devil in his Place
2 Corinthians 12:7 – even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.
What role does the devil play in our lives today? and what role does God play? sometimes we tend to mix this up, and this has made some of us take much more from the devil than we should, and it has also made a couple of us reject God’s help, thinking its of the devil.
In our key scripture, Apostle Paul clearly puts the devil in his place. He says a messenger of Satan was sent to torment him. That’s clear right there, that’s what characterizes the devil, torment, pain and destruction. One question that should be on your mind is, who sent this messenger of Satan? Well we know it’s definitely not God, how do we know? Let’s take a look at the verse closely, it says a messenger of Satan was sent. If the messenger is of Satan, then it was definitely sent by Satan and not by God. The messenger was sent to torment Paul, not to prevent him from becoming proud. What Apostle was saying there is that these torments didn’t let him be proud, as in trust in his ability, rather, he learned trust God’s ability. The torment he referred to was the hardships and persecution he faced in ministry, let’s see verse 10 of that chapter
2 Corinthians 12:10 – That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong
What are the weaknesses, we see them here, the insults, hardships and persecutions. He not becoming proud means he not trusting in his ability, but in God’s ability. It wasn’t the first time he was saying this:
2 Corinthians 1:8-11
We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.
In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.
And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us
The devil is a tormentor and a cruel being, however, let’s see what Apostle Paul says about God:
Acts of the Apostles 26:21-22
Some Jews arrested me in the Temple for preaching this, and they tried to kill me.
But God has protected me right up to this present time so I can testify to everyone, from the least to the greatest. I teach nothing except what the prophets and Moses said would happen—
Do you see that, God is the protector, He preserves and keeps from harm. He is the one who will see you through the devils wiles. You need to learn to put God and the devil in their rightful place. It teaches us to see God’s love and to receive from God.
Never forget what the word says about Satan though:
2 Corinthians 11:14 – But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light
That’s Why we need to know who he is and his agenda, and see God for His goodness at all times.
Thank you God for your love and protection, I have faith in it every day of my life, amen.
Author – Gem