I can do all things through Christ which [who] strengtheneth me. Ė Philippians 4: 13
I am about to teach you a principle that you may never have heard of before. Itís exciting and interesting and most important. IT CAN PREVENT A CATASTROPHE.
This teaching is not for those who are unable to walk by the spirit of the true God due to a lack of commitment. It is for the mature Christian who can recognize the devices of the god of this world Ė for the Christian who studies and prays every day and stays his or her mind on God. It is for the Christian who wants to counter every move of his or her personal adversary. There is a way Ė preventive believing makes life exciting and guarantees that you are more than a conqueror in every single situation.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that [who] loved us. Ė Romans 8: 37
God doesnít want us to be conquerors, He wants us to be MORE THAN CONQUERORS. Would you like to be more that a conqueror? I am going to show you how, but you must first understand the principle to be able to apply it. You canít be a conformist, or argue with God and you canít be afraid. Letís start by being more specific.
The American Heritage Dictionary Of The English Language defines "preventive" as "designed or used to prevent or hinder; acting as an obstacle; preventative." If you could counter, prevent, and always hinder the methods and devices of Satan, you would always come out on top and thatís where you should be. That is Godís Will for every believer. Godís Word applied and believed builds winners.
Did you ever wake up in the morning and you study and pray Ė you keep God first Ė and you get this unusual urge to do something that your five senses says makes no sense? Where is the urge coming from? Listen to me people. Spiritually, there is a difference between preparation and paranoia. Remember that.
Letís begin with and focus on actual examples. First God wants you to make the blows count Ė He does not want you to shadow box. Now you may think that what I am about to say is not exactly a knockout blow, BUT IT IS. I always let God set the stage for any teaching so letís build a firmer foundation and study the next few Scriptures from I Corinthians.
I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air (shadow box): Ė I Corinthians 9: 26
But I keep under my body (make the blows count), and bring it† into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. Ė I Corinthians 9: 27
Letís make the blows count! Why?
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: -- I Peter 5: 8
You better be sharp spiritually because you have a personal adversary. If thereís one thing he cannot stand, itís when you counter or prevent what he plans to do! Then you trap him. You see, God wants us to summon the competitors to the game, but youíre much better off if you can stay out of the ring. Sometimes, no, it is not possible, but many times it is.
At times, I can just feel a trap brewing. Hereís an actual simple but effective example of preventive believing Ė God kept me one step ahead of the adversary.
Letís say youíre having a problem getting a company to deliver a product you ordered. Itís taking forever and the so called sales rep is an idiot. Sound familiar? Satan set it up to agitate you Ė everything comes from one of two sources. This happened to me about six months ago with a small electrical part that I needed to make a semiconductor tester for jukebox parts.
Before it got real bad, I sat down and wrote a letter to the general manager of this electrical company. I took my time and told the truth about how long this process was taking and how rude the sales rep was to me for no reason at all. I checked the address and got the envelope ready and then I let it sit. I gave them the benefit of the doubt and waited about two more days. It was almost two weeks now. What else did I do? I located another company that had the same part for less money and would deliver in TWO DAYS!!! Two days went by and I was loaded for bear Ė can you see it? I mailed the letter that was already done and ordered the part from the new company on a Sunday afternoon! IT WAS DELIVERED ON TUESDAY MORNING. Of course the manager of the bogus supplier happened to call me on that day. He was very nice and apologized to me numerous times. The sales repís job was also in jeopardy. He told me my part finally arrived and I told him I already had it in two days from a different company. He credited my credit card even for the shipping. Do you see how I stopped my personal adversary dead in his tracks? He blew his mind. I prevented him from getting under my skin by COUNTERING his every move. I was ready and I kept ahead of him. This is PREVENTIVE BELIEVING.
You are supposed to be able to operate word of knowledge and word of wisdom, along with discerning of spirits. These are the eyes and the ears of the church. God can let you know things that you CANNOT know by the five senses. Youíve got to be listening and remember Ďdonít argue with Godí. I just completed a teaching by that title. With the proper operation of these manifestations, you cannot miss. God will be able to do the following for you in every situation.
And the God of peace shall bruise [crush] Satan under your feet shortly [quickly]. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be† with you. Amen. Ė Romans 16: 20
Letís use a more serious example because I want you to realize the importance of mastering this principle. Itís almost like an art and an art must be developed.
Remember, this is not just being prepared Ė itís being prepared spiritually by listening and doing what God Almighty is telling you to do. God can save your life and may have already saved it many times. How do you know for sure? I do recommend that you read the teaching "Donít Argue With God". It does work very well with this teaching. I am looking out for your own good and well-being. Thatís what God wants me to do and I donít argue with God.
Letís talk about attorneys. We all make fun of them UNTIL WE NEED ONE! Although this is a personal matter, the point can clearly be made. I once had a situation where someone made some serious accusations concerning myself which were completely unjustified. If the accusations were taken a step farther, it could possibly have resulted in serious consequences for myself. I had to put a stop to this and quickly. This had never happened to me before. Donít read into this. Itís not what the enemy may be trying to put into your head. Remember, the specifics are not important Ė itís the principle I am trying to get across.
I spent much time on the telephone trying to locate an attorney that specialized in a certain field. Satan fought me tooth and nail. Finally, God was able to open a door. I not only have access to one attorney, but two that work together in this field. I keep this information in a briefcase JUST IN CASE I NEEDED IT. This is preventive believing. Do you know why? Because my personal adversary knows what I did and Iím ready to nail him if he even thinks about manipulating someoneís thoughts concerning this subject. †This happened many years ago and since then God gave me a green light to get rid of this material since it was outdated and not useful any longer.† Just the fact that I did this still keeps the adversary at bay.
This threat never occurred again because I protected myself BEFORE IT EVEN HAPPENED. Nothing, I mean nothing hinders and frustrates the efforts of the enemy more than preventive believing. Never sit back and Ďwait a whileí. Thatís a trick. Just to set your mind at ease, I am not referring to a criminal matter. The person who made this accusation eventually made an attempt to retract it and said they would never ever do that again. Self defense is a Biblical concept and donít ever forget it. Now Iím going to say something that Iíve said many times before:
If you ever feel sorry for your personal adversary, he will melt your face.
And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition [destruction], but to you of salvation [wholeness], and that of God. Ė Philippians 1: 28
How many times in your life did you say to yourself "If only I did thatÖÖÖ this would not have happened." Remember the enemy, like a roaring lion, he seeks whom he may devour. Youíve GOT to be sharp if you want to live the more than abundant life. The world is getting worse and worse and the enemy is using all the power he has at his disposal. The enemy is running rampant in these last days. He knows his time is short. What does Godís Word say about this situation?
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. -- I John 4: 4
The Christ in you is stronger than every devil spirit on earth. What good is this life if you donít live it for God? Compared to eternity, it is a grain of sand in all the deserts on earth Ė a drop of water in all the oceans.
Submit [addict] yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Ė James 4: 7
If you have ever wondered how we are supposed to be living, it is written clearly in Godís Word.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear [respect] God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty† of man. Ė Ecclesiastes 12: 13
God set up a blueprint for living Ė His Word. We are made to live by His principles.
Now I want to keep this teaching simple so I am going to ask you what I am doing right now. I am a teacher of Godís Word for 37 years. Who do you think just might be on the enemyís hit list? But he canít touch me and do you know why? Every time I complete a teaching, I practice PREVENTATIVE BELIEVING. God is not a man that He can lie and He protects me as I listen to Him and carry out His Will. Itís fun and itís exciting Ė life in the fast lane for sure. Let God teach you preventive believing. †You will surely need to understand this concept and your preventative believing will be unique to your walk with God.† God bless you Ė youíre the best.