Add the Dis, Kill the Vision, Pt 2

We must stay alert to the use of ‘dis’ in our conversation. Ephesians 4:27 states, “Neither give place to the devil.” When we use ‘dis’, we give place to the devil. We already know what it does with dismay and discouraged, but think about disqualified. As we have been told many times, “God didn’t make any trash.” We are never disqualified for anything. We may be more or less qualified, but we are not disqualified, because that says that we have been refused qualification by the devil. When we use ‘dis’ we are recognizing the god of the underworld in connection with that issue. If we are to say that we are disqualified for that position, we are saying that the devil has control of our qualification, and that is not true. God has qualified us as individuals, and we may be either more or less qualified for that position, but we are not disqualified. Several years ago when I was with a ministry and pay got super tight, I applied for a manager’s job with McDonald’s and was turned down because I was over qualified. The devil tried to tell me that I was disqualified, but I was not, I was over qualified. God has qualified each of us with gifts and talents which make us more or less qualified for various positions, but the true position God desires for us , is that for which we are perfectly qualified.
Why are we distracted? The simple answer is that we lost focus. Which may have happened for a number of reasons. By saying we were ‘distracted’, we claim that the devil cost us our focus and we are announcing that he has the power to make us lose focus. Here again, we are giving the devil credit for having power over us to cause us to fail to complete a task. By saying we were distracted, we are letting the devil and others know that the devil has power over us which he does not have. That confession can cause us problems. Remember Proverbs 6:2, “Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.”
What about being disabled? Here again to say ‘disabled’ is to indicate that the devil took one’s ability from them. In one of the more difficult stories in the Bible, Jesus was asked about a young man’s blindness. “And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” John 9:2-3. Jesus gave no credit to the devil, nor did he say anything other than God as a reason. God’s reasons are far beyond our complete understanding, but our trust needs to be in him. Don’t give the devil more credit or empower him through the word ‘dis’. Make sure if you use a word that begins with ‘dis’, that you fully understand its meaning, or choose another word that does not provide the devil with any place or opportunity to get credit he does not deserve.

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