Smokescreens have long been used as weapons of warfare, to hide the enemy’s movements, tactical maneuvers and equipment that are being used to attack and defeat their enemies. Today, every believer has an enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy the life that God has planned for them. That enemy is Satan, the devil, our adversary, and the one Jesus refers to in John 10:10 as “the thief”, who comes only “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy”.
The smokescreen is designed to block a person’s view, to keep that person from knowing what his enemy is doing and planning as his next strategic move in the war to defeat, to kill and destroy and to win the war. Jesus said that our enemy has only one plan for our lives, which is to steal, kill and destroy. He often sends up smokescreens to keep us from seeing the good plan that God has for each of our lives. That smokescreen may come as a negative doctor’s report, the loss of a loved one, depression, mental illness, a failed marriage or the loss of a job. In all those instances we see loss, the plan to destroy and kill the vision that God has for our lives. Fear, anxiety, loss, sickness, lack and disappointment are all plans that the devil has to steal the abundant life that Jesus died to give us.
So, what can we do when these smokescreens arise in front of us? The most important thing we can do is go back to the truth of God’s word. I’ve often had to ask myself this question: “What does God’s word have to say about my situation?”.
When sickness comes we can go back to the Word of God which says that God is our Healer. (Ex. 15:26) God brought His people out of Egypt and His word records in Psalm 105:37 that there was “none feeble among them”. He gave Jesus to die for us, who was made sickness and sin for us that we might be healed, spiritually and physically. The Holy Spirit spoke through Matthew that Jesus “Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses” (Matt. 8:16, 17) that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet about Jesus being our sacrifice for sin, sickness and disease. (Isaiah 53:4, 5) Jesus became sin that we might become the righteousness of God in Him and it is by His stripes that we are healed. (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:24) Sickness is a by-product of sin as there was no sickness in our world until Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. It was then that sin and sickness came into our lives.
Jesus is the exact representation of the Father God, and the Word says in Acts 10:38 “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Jesus’ ministry was that of teaching, preaching and healing. (Matthew 4:23-24; Matthew 9:35) He sent His disciples out to do the same thing: teach, preach, and heal (Matthew 10:1;7, 8) And again we see that when Jesus sent the seventy out He gave them the same instructions: preach and heal the people. (Luke 10:9) In His last instructions to those of us who would believe in Him, Jesus gave what we know as the Great Commission, in which He told us go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature; to cast out demons, speak with new tongues, do battle against demonic forces, and to heal the sick. (Mark 16:15-18)
Smokescreens were designed to get our eyes off the vision; to turn our focus from God’s plan to save, heal, deliver and set people free, and to destroy the lives of those who were created in God’s image and likeness and called to spread the good news of His Gospel to all the world.
Lack is a smokescreen that goes against God’s word which says that He will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) God never runs short on His supply and it never runs out. When lack comes knocking on your door, look to see what might have sent it, correct anything you might be doing to hinder the flow of God’s provision and receive Him as your Provider.
Fear and mental instability is not God’s plan for your life. It is a smokescreen to get your mind off of the truth of God’s word. 11 Timothy 1:7 says that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”. Fear and mental problems, a feeling of hopelessness and no strength to fight the attacks of the enemy all come from the spiritual attack of the devil to steal, kill and destroy because the mind is the battlefield. Instead, God’s word instructs us to set our minds on God and trust in Him and we will have perfect peace and strength. (Isaiah 26:3,4) Paul tells us in Philippians 4:4-8 that if we will not be anxious, but instead pray about everything and think on the things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely and of a good report that His peace will guard our hearts and minds. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 tells us to take the thoughts that come into our mind that are from the enemy captive and bring them into obedience to the Word of God. We do not have to receive every thought that comes into our minds. God has given us the ability to arrest wrong thoughts and replace them with the right ones.
Your children and grandchildren are to be taught of the Lord and experience great peace, (Isaiah 54:13) and they are to be blessed and mighty on the earth (Psalm 112:2) Great are the promises of God for your life; they are all “yes and amen” through Christ Jesus as He is glorified in your life! (2 Corinthians 1:19, 20) God means for you to be the head and not the tail, to be above and not beneath, and to experience His blessings upon your lives. (Deuteronomy 28:1-14)
Smokescreens are designed by the enemy to take your mind off of the truth of God’s Word for your life. The way to overcome is to change your focus from what is going on around you to what God says in His word. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and His words to you are spirit and they are life. (John 14:6; John 6:63) What does He say about you? What does He say about your life? How can you change your focus from what you see happening around you or what you are experiencing in your physical being or the world? Paul describes this in Romans 1:16-18 as living by faith.
Romans 1:16-18 NKJV For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
The gospel of Christ is the good news of all that He died to secure for us on the cross: forgiveness of sin, freedom from sickness, lack, demonic oppression and everything that would come against us as His children. But notice that the prerequisite for receiving is through believing. Faith is the vehicle that gets God’s grace into our lives. Everything that Jesus died to give us is included in God’s grace but comes into our lives through our faith. Ephesians 2:8, 9 says that it is “by grace” that we are saved “through faith” because it is a gift of God that can’t be earned through anything that we might do or any way we might perform to try to obtain it. It is free for our receiving and when we say “yes” to Jesus we are saved; born again, freed from the devil’s grasp and delivered from his power to steal, kill and destroy our lives. We then walk it out or as the Word says “live by faith” every day as we depend on His provision as described in His word. God’s word is His revealed will for each of us but if we don’t know the “will” we won’t operate in it’s provisions.
Do you know and understand the last “will and testament” of God for your life? It’s found in His word! Where God’s will is not known, faith cannot be exercised to receive. Hebrews 8:6 says that Jesus is the Mediator of a better covenant that was established on better promises. He is the Intercessor, the One who stands between you and God proclaiming that He died to save you; spirit, soul and body and that when you place your trust in Him you will experience that salvation. Believe and receive; doubt and do without!
Smokescreens…..what is the devil throwing up between you and God that is causing you to focus more on the symptoms of destruction rather than the saving grace of God? Place your trust in Him; proclaim His promises in the face of life’s problems and experience the provision that God has made available to you through Christ Jesus, His Son.
Romans 8:31, 32 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
God gave His very best when He gave Jesus to die for you. Will you receive Him today as your Savior, Healer, Deliverer and Provider?
Father, I come before You today to thank You for providing all that I have need of spirit, soul and body. I thank You for giving Jesus to die for me, to be my Savior, my Healer, my Deliverer, and my Provider. I don’t always understand why things happen the way they do but this one thing I know: that You are good all the time and the devil is bad all the time. Good comes from Your hand and evil comes from the hand of the devil. I thank You for turning those things that he sends to destroy me into good that will be of benefit to me. I pray for those who don’t know Jesus that today might be their day of salvation, the day that they give their hearts to Him. I pray that You will grant those who don’t know Him as Healer, Deliverer, and Provider the understanding that they need to receive Him for all of life’s needs. I pray that today we will walk in a deeper revelation of Who He is to us as believers in Christ Jesus. I ask You to open the eyes of our understanding to see all that You have provided for us in your work of redemption. And I thank You for all that You have died to give us. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.