Daily Devotional for Sunday November 29, 2009
I Have No Respect for Satan Whatsoever
"Lately you have chosen to come down in fierceness regarding the Episcopal Church, Mormons, Oprah, and Satan with a vengeance that is ravaging. Your gloatings about getting in the face of Satan also greatly disturb me as a believer. There is an arrogance and violence toward Satan in your messages that are deeply troubling to me. I sense neither gentleness nor respect (when talking about satan) in your words."
Sadly, the above are comments from an email I received the other day. However, the person is correct, I have NO respect for satan whatsoever. I allowed satan into my life at one point and I am only here today, doing what I am doing, by the grace of God who rescued me. I will do everything I can with every breath I take to stop him from accomplishing his true goal.
Sadly, people of all ages underestimate satan's goals even though Jesus clearly told us what they are in John 10:10. He is out to steal, kill, and destroy. Satan's desire is to steal your hope; steal your joy; steal your peace; steal the abundance that this life can be. Satan wants to kill you. He wants you dead in your sin so that you will be forever separated from God, your Creator, and destined to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire that will be his eternal home. Satan wants to destroy you. If you are already a Christian, he wants to destroy your testimony, to destroy your ability to serve God, to destroy the plan and purpose God has for your life. My friend, satan is NOT playing games; he is deadly serious!!!
That is why I am so passionate each day in what I share with you in regard to sin. Each day, I receive over 40,000 prayer requests from all over the world. Literally 7 days a week I am dealing with the very real lives, of very real people, that due to sin have had their lives turned upside down. I get to see daily the destruction sin does in people's lives. Satan is an equal opportunity destroyer. He doesn't care if you are young or old, if you are male or female, if you are white or black. Satan doesn't care if you are rich or poor, where you live, how intelligent you may or may not be. SIN IS A UNIVERSAL ISSUE THAT ALL MEN AND WOMEN DEAL WITH EVERY DAY!
I realize that I can't force you to follow God, or to obey Him. I understand that you have to make your own choices. What God has called me to do is simply share the TRUTH of His Word with you each day. It really boils down to this. When you obey God, you will be blessed. When you rebel against God, you will face the consequences. Obeying God brings blessings, disobeying God brings consequences. This is true whether you are 10 or 100, and every age in between.
I love you and care about you so much. Satan is NOT some cartoon character created by Walt Disney. Satan is a very REAL force in the world for this short season. He is not to be feared, but understood. We must never forget that for this brief season, he is very much on the loose, with the clearly defined goal to steal, kill, and destroy the lives of real people. However, there is no reason to fear satan because 2000 years ago Jesus Christ rose out of His tomb and sealed the enemy's eternal fate. He is a defeated foe! The Bible proclaims that, "Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world."
I will be praying for you today. I pray that you will not take sin lightly, or the potential consequences of sin in your life. Satan is a LIAR. John 8:44 tells us, "He is the father of lies"! God gives us a great promise in 1 John 1:9, "If we will confess our sins, He will forgive us, and cleanse us of all unrighteousness." It does NOT say that we will escape the consequences of our sins, but that God will forgive us and give us the grace and strength to deal with whatever they may be.
The good news is that YOUR life is not over, simply because you have sinned. The key is to go to God, confess your sins, receive His forgiveness, and move forward with your life. God is a God of grace, mercy, and restoration. Satan will lie to you and tell you that you are worthless because of your sin and that you have no hope. The truth is that God never stops loving you and that your hope is in Him. Satan wants to destroy you, God wants to bless you. Satan wants you to die, God wants you to live. May you choose the God of hope, blessing, and life!
SATAN IS NOT YOUR FRIEND, HE IS NOT YOUR BUDDY, HE IS YOUR ENEMY. Treat him like your enemy! He is out to destroy YOU! Any chance you get, KICK HIM AS HARD AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,