Have you ever had someone get angry or aggravated at you for absolutely no reason? I mean, you haven’t done anything to them.
Or, have anyone ever gotten extremely angry at you for trying to do the right thing. For doing something good? For be a blessing to someone? For speaking the truth?
Think about the times that those who were being led by the enemy got angry when Jesus came around (Mark3:1-6, Luke 13:1). When He healed people. When He did good. Think of the opposition He encountered. They even sought to kill Jesus and Lazarus because Jesus raised him from the dead and they didn’t want people to believe in Jesus because of that miracle…
John 12:9-10 (ESV)
9 When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus[a] was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well,
Think of the reactions of the demons inside those they were possessing when Jesus came around. They were afraid, they were worried, they were restless, they were uneasy.
29 And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?”
Mark 9:20 (NKJV)
20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.
Why were they angry, uneasy or afraid.
Because of the presence of Jesus! Demons tremble in the presence of Jesus…at the very mention of His name. The enemy gets upset in the presence of Jesus and those in whom He lives.
So, I encourage you…
Do something to piss the devil off today!
Here are 7 things you can do to please God while upsetting the devil.
1. WALK IN THE SPIRIT
Galatians 5:16-17 (NKJV)
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
2. GLORIFY GOD WITH PRAISE
Psalm 22:3 (KJV)
3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
3. FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD IN PRAYER
John 14:13-15 (NKJV)
13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask[a] anything in My name, I will do it.
4. READ AND STUDY THE WORD OF GOD
Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
5. SHARE THE WORD OF GOD
Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV)
19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.[b]
6. SHARE THE LOVE OF GOD
John 13:34-35 (NKJV)
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
7. RESIST AND IGNORE THE DEVIL
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Think of how aggravating it is when you know someone is intentionally ignoring you when you are trying to get their attention. Ignore the devil when he tries to get yours.
Don’t be surprised, upset, disappointed or discouraged when your good is met with opposition. Let it be confirmation that you are pursuing your purpose and pleasing God.