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Stand Firm and Resist Satan!

 Revelation 2:13

I know where you live — where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city — where Satan lives.

Do you ever feel like you are surrounded on every turn by folks that seem to be doing the work of the Devil?  I mean – we think of cities like Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible or cities like San Francisco – New York City – Chicago – Washington, DC and other havens of sin – but sin lives wherever men and women’s hearts are turned away from Jesus and turned toward Satan.  Satan may live in your workplace – in your own family or in your own life at times.  You may think (tongue in cheek) you are married to Satan him/herself – but in reality Satan is Satan and those who succumb to his trickery are his instruments – and they live everywhere.

You do not have to be a child molester or mass murderer to be a tool of Satan!  You don’t have to be named Hitler or Attila the Hun to be a tool of Satan.  Our journey may take us into the presence of many who are being used of Satan – daily.  We may be used of Satan from time to time as well.

Remaining faithful in the face of sin and temptation is not easy – but we are called to do so and God has promised to be with us – even to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:18-20 – 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Stand firm today in the face of Satan’s attacks – personally and all around you.  Call on the name of Jesus – stand firm in your faith – resist Satan and he will flee from you.  James 4:7 – Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

God has promised us – stand firm and resist the Devil and he will be pushed aside.  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.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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July 5, 2012 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey | , , , | Leave a comment

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