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1 Peter 5:7

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In the Bible, Satan is compared to a serpent, a thief, the accuser, angel of light, the deceiver, murder, liar, dragon and a roaring lion. No wonder Peter tells us to be sober-minded and watchful. It isn’t like Satan will appear as himself and say, “Hey, let’s go sin together.” No…he comes slithering in like a snake, stealing our joy like a thief, whispering accusations in our ear making use feel like we are worthy of nothing. He comes disguising himself as an angel of light bringing confusion and deceit. He comes lying, saying “there is no God so that we die in our sins and spend eternity in hell. He comes as a dragon bring terror and calamity. His very name, “Satan” means adversary and he wants nothing more than to devour someone…keeping them from accepting Christ as Savior or causing the Christian to stumble. However, 1 John 4:4 says, “the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. Satan’s time is limited. His days are numbered. His destiny awaits him. He already knows the end of the story. Revelation 20:10 tells us, “And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” The only question for us, is will we allow Satan to devour us, taking us with him? Will we believe his lies and be thrown into the lake of fire too? John 8:32 says, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) 1 Timothy 2:4,  says that God “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Satan wants to deceive, steal, kill, and destroy. But God says, “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26)

Be sober. Be watchful. Stay on guard. Suit up.

armor of GodPut on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.  Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word. Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:11-18)

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2 Chronicles 20:12

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We all have those moment where we just absolutely don’t know what we should do. A job decision, whom to marry, a wayward child, what school to send our kids to, how to get all the bills paid (again!), a home or car repair, how to keep going when someone close to us dies, how to give up a bad habit, a marriage falling apart, an unrealistic deadline, a health crisis…we’ve all been there in one way or another. But when we keep our eyes on God, we can have a different focus. I’m reminded of when Peter walked on water. As soon as he took his eyes off Jesus, he began to focus on the waves crashing all around him and he became scared and started sinking. Peter, though, was smarter than many of us. He immediately cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:20) and Jesus was instantly there, reached out His hand and caught Peter. What do you tend to do when you don’t know what to do? Do you focus on the waves or keep you eyes on God? If you start to sink, refocus and cry out like Peter. Jesus will be there to catch you too.

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2 Chronicles 16:9

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What do you think Jesus sees when he watches over the earth? In John 11:35, the shortest verse in the Bible, it says, “Jesus wept.” This verse takes place when Jesus comes to Mary and Martha after the death of their brother, Lazarus and before Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead. Why did He weep? He wept out of compassion for those who were suffering and mourning. He wept because of sin and it’s effect on the world. He wept because of the lack of faith people had in who He was. He wept because of His love for us. How Jesus must weep overt he earth today! The very world that He gave His life for shuns Him, throws away His commandments to live any ol’ way they please. Isaiah 53:6 says that every one of have “turned to our own way” and because of that, Jesus took the punishment for us. Yet still today, the world continues living their own way. Yes, I am sure that Jesus weeps over the world today. He weeps for the drug user, the alcoholic, the prostitute, the adulterer, the homosexual, the thief, the child that was aborted, the murder and the murdered, the one who shakes his fist at Him and says “There is no God!” He weeps because He has been kicked out of our schools and our court rooms. He weeps because we look at skin color and not the hearts of people. He weeps because we become satisfied with just enough of God to keep us out of hell, but refuse to give Him first place in our lives. He weeps because His name is used to curse instead of bless. He weeps when we weep.

2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us, “If my people, who are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.” Christians, the way to change the world, begins with us humbling ourselves before God, seeking Him. Allowing him to create within us a clean heart. Then we can begin to pray for others and for God to heal our world.

God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
–Psalm 51:10

 

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Philemon 1:7

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