The devil’s plans and schemes are to cause fear and destruction through lies and deceit. God’s Word speaks to us how the devil walks around like a roaring lion seeing who he can devour, but notice it says “like” not that he is one. God’s Word tells us that Jesus is the Lion and the Lamb – He has the power and the tender mercies we need each day. If the devil can stop you from moving the kingdom of God forward then he has done his job and can start to work on someone else. So humble yourself before God and give all your cares up to Him. Stand firm against the devil and be strong in your faith. Realize that your Christian brothers and sisters are going through the same kind of suffering because the devil’s scheme doesn’t change – steal, kill, and destroy through lies and trickery.
I know that last fall I was faced by the lies of the devil when he was trying to pressure and taunt me with fear, discouragement, failure, disappointment, and more. I lived through the battle of will where I had the picture of the devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. The devil speaking discouragement. The angel speaking hope – Don’t Worry, God will provide, God has it all under control.
The devil pushes us to the point where he wants us to give up, throw in the towel, and say “I quit!”.
Trust in God! Not sure what He says or He wants, then turn to His Word to hear what He says about you. Spend some time praying and talking with Him and sharing your heart, your hopes and dreams, your fears and concerns.
And if you want to know for sure, start in the last chapter like with any good book to make sure there is a happy ending. 🙂 And you will learn that God’s side wins. Jesus is the key to victory. Ask Him into your heart. Ask Him for wisdom. Ask Him for courage the press on. A.S.K. for He will give you what you need. Listen to what He has to say and regardless the situation, His peace that goes beyond all understanding will guard your heart.
The devil is a quite an enemy to face, however, with Jesus on our side we will have victory. When we put on the full armor of God we have protection from the fiery darts through our shield of faith. When we put on the full armor of God we have our offensive weapon, the sword of the spirit, the Word of God!
There will be many temptations the devil will put before us and it isn’t sin to be tempted. It is our response that determines if we will sin or not.
Tempted to quit? Discouraged? – not sin.
Quit? Fail God because of discouragement? – you will miss the mark which when you look up the definition of sin, it is an archery term that means to miss the mark.
So today let’s lift up our cares, our concerns, our worries, our fears to God and leave them with Him to deal with so that we can press forward for His glory. God cares for us so much, to the point of even sending His one and only Son to die on the cross that we could be reconciled back to Him. Worrying won’t help anything. Let’s ask God to give us the courage and determination to step forward and step out in faith through the fear and through the temptations. Let’s watch our character be strengthened through this and our lives transformed.
Let’s share our testimony with others to help encourage them. Let’s share our testimony with others to help them to find the victory that is possible when we follow after Jesus. God’s Word tells us how to win the victory. First Part God: By the blood of the lamb. Second Part us: By the words of our testimony. Putting these together we find out:
11And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die. – Revelation 12:11
Today is the first day in the rest of your life, so knowing what you now know, what will you do with it?
Our enemies were trying to frighten us and to keep us from our work. But I asked God to give me strength. — Nehemiah 06:09 (CEV)
Lift up faithful prayers to God for the courage and determination to press on through fear and temptation. Our character is strengthened when we face our fears.
…”I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” – 2 Samuel 24:24
“…each of us must be willing to give to others without a motive to get anything in return.”
“No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them. David built an altar to the Lord there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then the Lord answered prayer in behalf of the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped. — 2 Samuel 24:24-25
Os closed today’s devotion with the following challenge:
When was the last time you sacrificed for another with no expectation of getting anything in return? We can all give something to others, such as our time, our money, or our expertise. This is real Christianity that models the Spirit of Christ. The next time you meet with someone, why not consider how you might be a blessing to that person. Why not ask, “How can I help you?”
Today’s Reading: Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan
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I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. I pray for wisdom today for every conversation that I have so that I won’t speak out of my own thoughts and ideas, but will share Your testimony and word for each person I speak to. May my words come from You. May my words be Your words. May You be present and speaking into their hearts and minds to rebuke the fear, rebuke the discouragement, and lift them up to step into the great plans You have for them. Lord, my hope and trust are all in You. May my thoughts, my words, and my actions today bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.