Nothing like a pitcher out in the infield at a pro baseball game throwing a curveball and striking an opponent out. You feel a bit of pain for the poor batter down below walking back with his head hung low with defeat and a possible throw of the bat in anger. Life sometimes does the same thing to us as we are up for bat and the curveball shoots our way, many times we feel scared and ultimately miss the hit, but it does not always have to be that way.
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11 NKJV).
Most times we call the pitcher “life” but what we do not realize is the fact that the so called “life” pitcher is really the devil himself seeking to take us out of the game and send us home in despair with our heads hung low and throwing our fist at God in anger. The devil loves throwing curveballs especially when we least expect them to happen. He wants to throw us off guard and out of the game, but if we understand the tactics of the devil and how to trip him up we will ultimately hit a home run.
The devil is a liar, deceiver and a full blown bully straight out of hell, literary. But just like any bully sometimes you just have to hit them where it hurts to get them to leave you alone. The best way to defeat the devil is by the power of God, by using the word of God against Him. When we do this the devil runs like a little sissy with his tail between his legs (If he actually has a tail, but you get the point).
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7).
The devil can throw a tricky curveball your way, and yet when we use the word and power of God it is like hitting a baseball with a bat the size of a car but that is light as a feather, your sure to hit it out of the park.
Just recently my wife and I were thrown a curve ball with our daughter being diagnosed with Leukemia, and yet we did not cave but relied upon the Lord, His power and word. Do not get me wrong we did get upset, a little afraid and a little emotional, but only for a moment and when that moment passed we clinged unto the Lord and spoke life into the situation. We have not only hit the curve ball, but hit it out of the park.
Now, of course this does not mean that the Leukemia is gone or that we ignore the problem, but rather we believe and are rest assured that God will heal her and that ultimately all will be well at the end of the storm. When we have faith in the Lord we then become unstoppable as we plow through the problems we are faced with with power from on High. There is no greater power than faith in the Almighty Himself.
“So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20).
I am not talking about positive attitudes or speech here, I am talking about faith in Jesus Christ. I am talking about believing that the Lord who rose from the dead, that healed all sorts of sicknesses, that parted the sea, and that gave us eternal life can defeat whatever curve ball comes your way. He can heal, save, strengthen, move, empower, raise up and the list goes on. There is not greater power than the word and spirit of God working in the lives of His called people. Hit it out of the park and God bless!