The only Carry Over course I had while on campus was in my second year. I could remember vividly what I said when I checked the result on the notice board. I said, with a smile, “Thank You Lord for allowing it.” I knew it must have got the devil confused. It made all the difference.

Friend, what is your attitude and response when you go through tough times? Do you whine, bow your head in shame, go about moody, or do you count it all joy as the scripture teaches us (James 1:2)? It did not say that the situation calls for joy, but it says that you should COUNT it all joy. Turn it around.

The way to confuse the devil is to do the unusual and the unexpected when you go through stuff. Yes, the devil wants you to cry, wear a smile instead. The devil wants you to worry, switch to worship. The devil wants you to question or blame God, turn it around and give God thanks.

Be careful for nothing (Philippians 4:5-7). Rather than take care, God wants you to cast care (Matthew 6:25, 1 Peter 5:7). Instead of worrying, you need to let go and let God (Psalms 46:10). When the devil seems to be hitting you the hardest, that is the time to laugh the greatest. That way, you confuse the devil.

You need to take a cue from God’s response to the raging noise of the enemy; He laughed at the raging of the heathen (Psalms 2:4). Learn to laugh! It confuses the devil. When the enemy is threatening you with fear and doubt, burst into laughter. Laugh over the devil, laugh on his head!

We walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Don’t listen to the voice of your flesh or the circumstances around you. Laugh. Smile. Bring out the joy of the Holy Spirit on your inside (Romans 14:17, Galatians 5:22). It changes the atmosphere and empowers you to lay hold on the victory that is already yours in Christ (1 John 5:4).

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria