Daily Devotional for Friday February 21, 2020
DON’T NEGOTIATE WITH SATAN!!!
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, Thank You for meeting my daily needs as You have promised in Your Word. I look to You and You alone for my sustenance through life, and Thank You for Your faithfulness. Please help me to be a good steward of the funds You entrust into my care during this life, and give me favor in my finances, and wisdom in my decisions. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: We speak often on the TV program about our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. These are saints who go to church with the very real possibility of being arrested, beaten, put into prison, and even killed. In places like Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Muslim groups like Boko Haram literally walk into church services and slaughter the pastor and all of the congregants...including children! In the United States on Sunday morning, the choice for many Christians is to get up and go to church or hit the snooze alarm. We have NO CLUE what real persecution is like, though I have long held we are closer than most think to finding out. Please be praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ in places like China, North Korea, on the African continent, the Middle East, and everywhere in the world where they are being persecuted simply for being a follower of Jesus Christ!!!
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DON’T NEGOTIATE WITH SATAN!!! One of the most stupid things we can do in his life is try to negotiate with or talk with satan! Now I realize many people doubt that there really is a satan, that he is some mythical character with horns, a red cape, and a pitchfork. Many think that “satan” is simply what we call the evil side of life, something to blame all of our pain and suffering on.
As in everything, rather than try to sort through who we think satan is, let's go to the Bible which is our final authority in ALL matters! In Ezekiel chapter 28, we find out that the devil was at one time an angel, with access to the very throne room of God. Isaiah the prophet tells of his fall in chapter 14, after satan desired the very throne of God and is cast out of Heaven because of pride, taking along 1/3 of the angels who followed him.
A quick side note. Maybe now you can see why pride is so dangerous; it was the original sin in the universe. Satan is intelligent, has a memory, a will, emotions, and great organizational ability. OH, AND THE DEVIL HAS READ THE BIBLE!!!
Think about that. If your enemy has read the Bible, how much more do we have to? He is busy. He imitates God, perverts the Word of God, hinders the works of God's servants, blinds men to the Truth, accuses Christians before God, tempts, afflicts, deceives, undermines the sanctity of the home, and tries to disrupt the prayers of God's people. Can you see why he is so dangerous?
However, let me clearly tell you that his powers are limited. He is NOT omnipresent. He cannot be in more than one place at a time. He is NOT omniscient. He does not know everything. He is NOT omnipotent. He is not all powerful. These are only attributes of God himself. Also, and hear this clearly, satan can DO NOTHING apart from God allowing it to happen as in the example of Job.
The good news is that he has already been defeated by Christ. God foretold of satan's demise even as early as Genesis 3:15. Knowing that prophecy, satan and his demons must have been rejoicing as Christ took His last breath on the cross. However, their rejoicing turned to terror just 3 days later when Christ rose from the dead.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ sealed satan's doom once and for all. The Bible tells us that his final destination is the Lake of Fire for eternity. That is why it is so sad to see people reject Christ. They are going to spend eternity in a place that was never created for man, but for satan and his fallen demons.
My prayer for you today is that you will recognize who your enemy is and stand in the midst of whatever he may try to throw at you. Satan's final resting place will not occur until after the millennium, which is after the 7 year Tribulation, which happens after the Rapture. Until then, we still have to contend with satan and his hosts.
Satan claims authority over this world, which is why he is called the god of this world. He has the power to blind sinners to the truth, contends for the saints to destroy their lives of service and their testimony. He is a very real foe that we must contend with. That is why the Bible warns us to be self-controlled and alert, to submit to God and resist the devil..to stand firm in the faith.
Ephesians 6:11 tells us to "put on the whole armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." Ephesians 4:27 says " . . . do not give the devil a foothold." Those who have put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ are protected by His blood. We do not have to live in fear, but in victory.
I love you and care about you so much! When Jesus was in the wilderness and satan came to tempt Him, Jesus didn't try to negotiate with him or debate him. He simply stood on the Word of God. Stand on that word today that says "greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world."
The best way to deal with satan is not to negotiate with him, but by taking souls on the way to Hell, and reroute them to Heaven! Live in the victory that Jesus Christ has given us each and every day!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,