Adam was close by when Eve was talking to the serpent. Had he gotten involved in that conversation, the serpent could have been defeated that day. It’s the same today. A lack of conversation with Jesus – our second Adam – will cause us to fail. Don’t stop talking to the one who said we are MORE than conquerors!
We can control the negative conversations in our minds by going deeper in our conversations with God. Satan has conversations with God. Do you really think the discussion about Job was the only time? Satan had a conversation with Jesus in the wilderness. I’ll bet that wasn’t the only time! He probably talks to God just as much as we do! Our problem is not that we don’t talk to God. It’s that we have these dialogues that are contrary to God’s will.
Birds were made to fly, fish were made to swim, and lions were made to hunt. They still do. All species still do what they were created to do! So what was man created to do? God created man for fellowship! THAT’S what we were created to do, and we should continue to function in OUR purpose! God wanted communion, closeness and intimacy. He literally walked and talked with Adam and Eve. He loved them. When they sinned and hid themselves – God called out to them “Adam, where art thou?” Since then there was Noah’s flood, the tower of Babel, and then Abraham! No doubt God had been calling people all throughout that time – but He got Abraham’s attention! Abraham’s descendents were enslaved in Egypt, and God called Moses. Then He had Moses build a tabernacle or sanctuary in the wilderness! It was called “the tent of meeting!” Solomon turned it into a temple, but this picture is of the original tent in the wilderness! It’s no different than what churches represent today! This tabernacle contained the ark of the covenant which had the 10 commandments in it. Today we have bibles! It had a golden lamp stand (Menorah) lit by olive oil. Today it represents always having oil in your lamp like the five wise virgins. It had a table for the showbread called “The bread of the presence” indicating God is always there. And finally it had an altar of incense which represented the prayer of the people continually rising up to God. That was all on the inside. On the outside, it had the basin, where priests needed to wash or do a ritual cleaning before entering. This represented being clean! Then there was the alter for sacrifices. Today Jesus is our ultimate sacrifice! Doesn’t this all speak of COMMUNION? Didn’t he have Moses build it because He wanted to be among His people?
We need to be closer to God. We need to succeed at what He created us to do – which is to fellowship with Him! We need to fight the devil’s persuasion to fail by correcting the conversations we have with OURSELVES that can cause our faith to expand or contract. Contracted conversations say “I’ll get to it next week!” That INTERNAL dialogue needs to change! I’ll bet Caleb and Joshua had more fellowship with God than the other 10 spies did! Out of all those thousands of people – they were the only TWO that made it to the promised land!!! The other 10 spies’ internal dialogue was “we can’t do it” and “they see us as grasshoppers!” How could they POSSIBLY know what the giants saw them as? They never once had a conversation with them! They let their internal conversations overide what God said! Moses almost overroad what God asked him to do. His internal conversations said “I’m slow of speech” and “who am I to go” and “I can’t.”
Is what you’re saying to YOURSELF overiding what God is saying? God’s Word is His attempt to have a conversation with you! He’s telling you “my ways are not your ways. My thoughts are not your thoughts.” He WANTS us to be able to understand Him – and the only way it will happen is if we commune with Him more. Let’s go after the “Mind of God” – not what WE think or feel.
In conclusion – Satan has conversations with us all the time! “I don’t feel like going to work – I don’t want to go to church – I don’t need to read my bible – I’ll pray later – nobody loves me – nobody cares” are just some of the things he says. Have we had enough conversations with God to overide those negative thoughts?
Let’s shift our conversation upward seven days a week! For those who don’t – you’re like the prodigal son. He suffered hardship after breaking communion with his father. Don’t repeat what the enemy says – but be like the woman with the issue of blood, and keep repeating to yourself things that can help you succeed! Have deeper conversations with God, and have a blessed day!