David Brandt Berg
The Devil is the accuser of the saints. He doesn’t attack you or accuse you for what you’ve accomplished; that’s too obvious. He accuses you for what you haven’t done, for what you might’ve done or what he tries to tell you that you could’ve done and didn’t do, and all that you should do. He pokes at your lacks and shortcomings and weaknesses.
He just picks at any little thing he can find and tries to find fault. Just like the Scribes and the Pharisees did with Jesus. They followed Jesus around picking at little things. Here were all the great things He was doing, all the magnificent marvels and miracles and monumental signs and wonders that He was doing, and what did they do? Did they thank God for what He was doing and all the great accomplishments?
He healed thousands of people and fed thousands upon thousands of people and taught such wonderful lessons and sermons and gave such beautiful parables and stories, There was all the good He was doing to people, the tens of thousands of people following, and did they compliment Him for that? Did they praise Him for that? Did they applaud Him for all of His good?
When He healed the lame man and when He raised the dead, what did they do? They tried to find some flaw! That if He raised the dead, He must have done it by the power of the Devil; and that if He healed the sick, He was doing it on the wrong day; and if His disciples picked corn on the Sabbath, it was against the law to work on the Sabbath.
The Devil will often just hover around the fringes. He doesn’t usually try to make any major attacks, but he nags and accuses, like he did Job and different ones. He’s the accuser of the saints: he picks on all the little things, all the little faults.
It’s similar to the way husbands and wives sometimes pick on each other on little things. But actually in the big things, everything’s fine, and they’ve got lots to be thankful for and they’ve got a wonderful spouse who’s just perfect in almost every other respect except for little infinitesimal insignificant ridiculous faults and fears and little idiosyncrasies and bad habits.
They can get exaggerated and blown out of all proportion and magnified in your eyes, all your spouse’s little tiny faults and things that he or she overlooks or fails to do. They’re all tiny things, hardly ever anything big. Sometimes you can even get mad at your spouse for something they’re not even guilty of.
Even with children, you know, some people get annoyed by little things they do and yell at them or act too hastily and fuss at them when it’s just a small thing or it was unintentional. They just did it in ignorance or carelessness.
You have to be positive. You have to make a conscious effort to think positive good thoughts instead. Try to think good about your husband, wife, child, or whoever it is, whether your parent or friend or co-worker. Think positively about your spouse; it chases away those little nagging thoughts about their faults.
The secret is to let the light in! Think about people’s good qualities and think about their good points and their good habits and their good deeds. Think positively, the power of positive thinking, and remind yourself constantly of the good. Nobody’s perfect, not even our parents; they’re human too and it should make us have love and mercy all the more and forgive them, because we know we’re not perfect.
There’s always something maybe you could’ve done or something you wish you had or hadn’t done. There are always neglects or negligences or oversights or mistakes of some kind, so many things where we err, our faults and errors and bad habits or mistakes and lacks and shortcomings. Everybody’s probably got thousands of them.
The secret is to resist those bad thoughts and think positively. Either quote scriptures or sing hymns or good Gospel songs. Pray. Do it out loud, because you can’t very well quote scripture and talk positively or sing out loud and have those other thoughts go through your head at the same time.
You have to do something positive, something active. You have to act and attack, and that chases the Devil away every time, the darkness away every time, chases away the doubts. “Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Quote scripture. It chases away the doubts and the fears.
You’ve got to attack. You’ve got to be positive, you’ve got to do something. Don’t just sit there, do something! Don’t just stand there, do something. Take some positive action physically or with your mouth or your mind or whatever.
You can get busy, you can go about your work that you have to do. You can get busy with your body, your hands, your eyes, your ears, whatever you’ve got to do—and you can sing. The first and best thing to do is quote scriptures. One of the best things is to praise the Lord and thank Him for all His goodness. You can sing songs; that’s praise too.
The power of positive praise is terrific! Count your blessings. Thank God for all He has done, and just chase the Devil and his worries and fears away, all his shades of night, by letting the light in, God’s positive light of scripture, the Word, prayer, praise, songs, anything you can do to occupy your mind completely with that scripture, that prayer, that praise, that song, that positive thinking, whatever it is, or that work.
It can help to get busy at work or get busy with somebody else and talk to them about their problems. It’s kind of a work therapy, a prayer and praise therapy, a scriptural therapy, a hymn therapy that chases away the shades of night and lets the light in. Let the light in first, because that’s what chases away the night.
It’s just really counting your blessings and filling your mind and your heart and even your voice audibly, the sound around you, with positive sound—prayer, praise, scripture, songs—because you can’t think about two things at once. That’s why it says, “Thou shalt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee” (Isaiah 26:3). If you’re thinking about the Lord and you put Him in the center focal point of your concentration and your consciousness, then this pushes the doubts and fears and worries into the outer fringes and out of the center of your concentration so that you can’t think about both at the same time.
Many is the time that I have visualized Jesus or called into my mind a mental picture of Christ and looked at Him and thought about Him in my mind’s eye and talked to Him in the spirit. That’s why speaking in tongues is such a wonderful experience.
Speak in tongues and you know the Lord has control! He just takes over and speaks through you and uses your tongue and your mouth and your mind. Your mouth can’t be filled with the negative when it’s filled with good. You get rid of the negative by filling your mind, your heart, your mouth and your actions with good, and it chases all the rest away.
So “count your blessings.” Keep busy for the Lord: Sing, pray, praise the Lord, quote scripture, or at least think about it if you can’t do it out loud wherever you are, or get busy with the work you have to do.
Do something positive! Attack the Enemy and his territory by doing something good, and that way chase the bad away by going into action. Go on the attack and think positively, talk positively, sing positively, quote positively, pray positively, act positively!
The power of positive prayer and praise and quoting and singing and action just really puts the Devil on the run. He sure doesn’t like the scripture and he hates praise and he hates thanksgiving and he hates songs of prayer and praise, and he especially hates our positive active work for the Lord. So count your blessings!
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