I was annoyed when I saw the cockroach. I sought for a broom and killed it. I dumped it at the exit door. I had plans to return early in the morning to pick it and up and throw it away. In the morning, it was already invaded by a host of sugar ants. They surrounded it trying to carry it.

The Lord asked me, “If this cockroach was still alive, would the ants be able to carry it away with so much ease?” I replied in the negative. Then the Lord said to me, “That is what happens to men with dead altars. Things they can overpower turns around and overpowers them”.

Beloved, there are things that can only harrass you when your altar is dead. When you are still aflame with wings of the Spirit, you fly above things that can pull you down. When you are alive in the Spirit, you run faster than things that can slow you down.

Elisha is a prophet with a living altar. The King of Syria wanted to eliminate him.

“Go and find out where he is,” the king commanded, “so I can send troops to seize him.” And the report came back: “Elisha is at Dothan.”
2 Kings 6:13 NLT

Friends on fire, the devil has a surveillance team on every man of strength. He seeks an opportunity to seize men who are aflame. He introduces things that begins to reduce the flame until it is quenched so he can overpower great men.

That was what Delilah did to Samson. The devil weakens you before he attacks you.

Delilah lulled Samson to sleep with his head in her lap, and then she called in a man to shave off the seven locks of his hair. In this way she began to bring him down, and his strength left him.
Judges 16:19 NLT

The devil knows he cannot stand you in the fullness of divine strength. If your strength does not leave, his scheme cannot work.

If you will be above the schemes of the devil, you must ensure that nothing changes your spiritual routine. Wake up early and seek his face. No excuses at all.

When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha.
2 Kings 6:15 NLT

This season, beware of things that weaken the strong. Beware of distraction that leads to defeat and destruction.

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