sexta-feira, 12 de abril de 2019
THE NARROW PATH TO RELATIONSHIP TO GOD - DAY 95
by Rev. Robert John Cericola, Carroll, OH - EUA
The Devil is a liar
John 8:44 (NKJV) You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
Many years ago, while living in Phoenix Arizona, I had a job that required me to travel frequently. Early one Monday morning, I stopped at the closest gasoline station near my home to purchase gasoline for my drive to Tucson. I filled my tank and then stood in line to pay the attendant standing in a small enclosed booth. As I slid my money into the tray I greeted the attendant and asked, “how are you today.” To my surprise she said, “oh I have had a migraine headache for three days but I will be ok, they usually go away in a week.” “I am sorry to hear that,” I said as I gathered my change and walked away. As I started to get into my car the Holy Spirit said to me, “go pray for that woman.” “Oh Lord that woman is very busy and there is no way she will open her door and let me pray for her.” I responded.
Knowing the Lord would not honor my excuses I decided to wash the windows on my vehicle with the hope that the line of people waiting to pay the attendant would disappear. After washing the windows, the line was still long, so, I washed the head and tail lights, opened the hood and checked the oil and water levels and the line of people grew longer. I then decided to sit in my car and wait for the line of people to disappear.
As I opened the door Holy Spirit said, “if you get in that car you will disobey me.” “Alright Lord, if you want me to embarrass myself I will.” I said, as I closed the car door and walked to the attendant’s booth. When I knocked on the entrance door to the booth, to my surprise, the woman opened the door just enough to stick her head out and say, “can I help you.” I immediately placed my hand on her head and said, “Jesus told me to pray for you. In the Name of Jesus, you, migraine demon, you are bound and commanded to release this lady and never come back. Amen.” Without saying another word, I immediately turned and walked to my car got in and drove away. As I drove away the devil said to me, “well you will never be able to show your face around that station again. What a fool you are, believing God is going to use you to heal that lady.”
I avoided that gasoline station for weeks until one Monday morning I had to purchase gasoline or risk running out. “Well’, I thought as I drove into the station and stopped at the pump farthest from the attendant booth, “she probably isn’t here this morning.” As I finished filling the car’s gasoline tank and placed the hose back into the pump I looked toward the booth and saw the lady I had laid hands on. My heart sunk. And then I thought, “take courage she won’t remember you anyway.” Keeping my head down, I entered the line to pay for the gasoline, hoping somehow by lowering my head I would be unrecognizable. When it was my turn to pay the woman in the booth shouted, “Where have you been? I haven’t had a migraine since you prayed for me!” “That is wonderful, Jesus really loves you.” I said as I paid my bill and turned to walk away.
As you continue down the Narrow Path you will become more and more secure in the Father and Jesus’ love for you. And because of this love your faith will be active and you will begin to lay hands on the sick, cast out devils, and if you drink any deadly thing it will not harm you. Remember the devil is a liar obey God and walk in the victory Christ has purchased for you.