Add the Dis, Kill the Vision

The use of a prefix to a stand alone word can change its whole character from life to death, just like giving place to the devil can change us from a person of life to a person of death. We need to keep an eye on those prefixes.
Take the prefix ‘dis’. The word dis was the name of the Roman god of the underworld, when used as a prefix it means ‘the opposite of’ or ‘the absence of’. The Lord through Moses spoke with the Israelites, “Behold, the Lord thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 1:21. How many times have we discouraged when God is saying to not be discouraged. Courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain without fear. But look what happens when we allow the god of the underground to add his name to our courage. By giving place to him (dis)(the devil), we now have the opposite of courage, we now become fearful and cannot face difficulty without fearing the worse. Our confession changes and we go from one who walks tall to face the enemy to one who hides and trembles.
The Lord spoke to Joshua, “Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9. The Lord reminded him to not be afraid or dismayed. May is used to express possibility and God wanted Joshua to visualize the possibility of taking the promised land just as God as spoken. He warned him not to let the devil have place and change the ‘may’ to ‘dismay’. Dismay is to deprive the spirit of courage. When the devil seeks to enter our project or vision, we must keep him out or we will lose our spirit of possibility. The spirit of possibility which the Lord supplies us is taken away when the devil gets into our project. We lose that courage of possibility and doubt and unbelief comes on the scene.
We must be alert at all times to keep ‘Dis’ away from our ‘may’ and our ‘courage’. Our vision and our future depends on keeping him as far away from us as possible. Just keep in mind that James has given us the plan, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7. Remember, ‘will’ is a mandatory word. So we can be assured that if we resist the devil, he must flee provided we have submitted ourselves to God. Choose submission to God and resistance to the devil.

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