Luke 22:31-32 (KJV)
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Desmond backside so terribly that he became a prayer point for many of his converts. He went back to the bad habits of his old life and was now living like an unbeliever. It wasn’t that he didn’t still love God but he found that he was now overpowered by the flesh, and it was as if he was in a pit that he couldn’t come out of.
Because of the prayers and love of the brethren around him, he was restored and rehabilitated from his drug addictions.
After the Lord restored him, he became a mighty tool in the hand of the Lord to restore many others.
The major trick the devil uses to cause people to fall and remain on the ground is his lies that bring condemnation. If the devil can distract and hinder a believer from the ministry of prayer and the word for a long time, that believer will become spiritually weak and might not be able to withstand the temptations of the devil. He may be able to withstand normal temptations sponsored by the flesh, but when demons are empowering the temptations (as they often do), he may not stand a chance because he is spiritually malnourished and weak. If the believer falls into a temptation powered by demons, they would ensure that his fall comes with a level of condemnation that is unusual. They will make the believer feel worthless and so dirty that he may not even have the courage to pray. This means more weakness and more falls.
Go into today remembering that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. If you fall, rise up and move on. Don’t let the devil keep you on the ground with his lies that bring condemnation. Open up to believers who can help pull you back up if an issue becomes too stubborn for you to handle.
Prayer: heavenly father, do not let me fall into temptation, and deliver me from [doing] evil.
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