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The Schemes of the Devil

1 Peter 5:8-9

8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

Yesterday – we preached on keeping the faith and spreading our faith. We also preached about the devil’s schemes. This morning I feel compelled (obligated, duty-bound) to call on all who will to pray for the church and for your pastors and leaders. Whichever church you may attend – please pray for your church family and leaders. According to Scripture we are to be awake and aware and ready: 1 Peter 5:8-98 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith,

The devil is out there and wants nothing more than to devour the Church! Part of standing firm is to stay in prayer together. Pray that the devil not be given even a foothold in our lives and in the church. As Scripture says; Ephesians 4:25-2825 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

The devil has schemes that we need to stand opposed to. Ephesians 6:10–1210 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

The only way to do this is to spend more time in the presence of God (drawing near to God). James 4:7–87 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

I urge you than to pray for the following and more as the Spirit leads:

  1. Pray for your pastors and leaders to stand firm in their faith with Jesus. Pray that they will feel the support of prayer warriors as they battle for the faith.
  2. Pray for a spirit of harmony in the church – it is not necessary for us to always agree, we can even see some things differently – but we must be in harmony with the Word of God and with the essential purposes of the church. In order to reach the unchurched the church needs to present a harmonious tune in the Spirit! No one will want to join a church that is making a terrible noise – battling with each other rather than with Satan.
  3. Pray against a spirit of bickering (internal strife). The battle is not against each other folks – it is not against flesh and blood – it is against the powers and principalities of evil. We should not shoot our own wounded – but rather love each other in spite of our shortcomings.
  4. Pray against a spirit of pickiness. Some have been in negative mode for such a long season that it seems almost natural to look at what is wrong rather than what is right with the church or pastor/leaders. We should not let issues go unaddressed for sure but should handle them in love and not in attack mode!
  5. Pray for the church’s daily devotion to Christ! We cannot lead anyone to a place we have not been or strive to remain.
  6. Pray for the believers to become disciples. Not merely followers of Christ but disciples. Disciples actively strive to not only live the Word of God but to draw others to it as well. Disciples strive to make disciples.

As you pray – remember that the devil prowls around like a lion looking to devour the followers of Christ. We cannot battle against the evil one alone – but only through our relationship with Jesus! Deepen your walk with Jesus so that we might be victorious for His sake!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

November 20, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Thank you for this word! Yesterday when I was livid with a church person about something they had done I had to go to them apologize and forgive them because I don’t want disunity and discord to win.I care for my church family but it’s hard to bear each other’s burdens and sins if we aren’t all holding each other up with honest but Agape hearts.
    Some Harmony prayer time as a full congregation could be good. James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”


    Comment by thebrycelife | November 20, 2017 | Reply

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