The Devil’s Fear

Friday, January 9, 2015

The devil, satan, is real. This was the hardest thing to believe when I first came to the Lord. Yet when you consider Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, the Holocaust, and Hitler’s obsession with destroying the Jewish people, no words less than satanic can describe it. Hitler was a man possessed and used by satan; one who spoke the enemy’s words. The truth is, that Hitler was afraid of the Jewish people. Though the enemy goes about as a roaring lion to destroy God’s ancient people Israel, he is actually scared of them because from them came Messiah, and from them will come the Kingdom. He is scared of you too if you are a born-again child of God who walks according to God’s will. The enemy is afraid of you because you have the power to defeat him and to undo his work. So if you are receiving special opposition from the enemy and going through tough times, praise God! Take all that opposition and all the troubles you are going through as encouragement to press ahead in the will and the power of Messiah. And give the devil even more to fear.

TODAY’S MISSION

Mission: Persevere through your struggles today, punch through, push through and be encouraged that the battle is the Lord’s and the victory has already been won!

Read:  Scripture: 1 John 4:4

excerpt from daily devotional from Hope of the World Daily Sapphire. http://www.hopefortheworld.org

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Liberated

Day 7 Devotional – Draw Near – 365 Guides to Greater Intimacy with God

Day 7 Devotional – Draw Near – 365 Guides to Greater Intimacy with God

LIBERATED

Michelangelo saw the task of the sculptor as that of freeing figures from their marble prisons. In each block of stone, he saw some “person” then chipped away until that form emerged. Sometimes he failed, as with St. Matthew. This famous statute is only half-finished because Michelangelo could not get the stone to release the figure of the brilliant apostle.

Paul saw God as the Sculptor Who frees men from the prison of their carnal nature. He wrote to the Philippians that God was doing a great work in and on their lives and encouraged them to have confidence in His work. He assured the new believers that God is perfectly capable of “finishing” us as He desires, for His (and our) greatest good. This Master Sculptor never gives up, and no prison is too strong for His skilled eye and learned hand.

In yielding ourselves to the direction of the Master, we are being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God (Philippians 1:11). All believers should remember that today’s bumps and bruises may merely be the Master chiseling, working away at our lives until we are conformed to the image of His Son. Thus we relax, even though the chisel may bite, for we know His work is sure and the result well worth the moment’s inconvenience.

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2 KJV

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Out of Darkness

Remember the words about how God’s ‘compassions never fail. They are new every morning.’ Lamentations 3:22-23. Those lines were written in a dark place too: Jerusalem was rubble, its people enslaved and exiled. Yet God stilled his anger and sparked his compassion, and out of the darkness of slavery and defeat came a new dependence on Him.

Calvary is the story of the law colliding with grace. It’s the story of you and I not getting what we deserve. It’s the story of hope emerging from the darkness and new life thriving in spite of sin. It’s a story of our mistakes and His mercy, our debts and His ransom, our separation and His victory. Thank you Lord Jesus.Lamentations3

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Unity

Wrapping up in devotional of Galatians 2:6-10, the unity we see here was not unity at all costs, but unity around gospel truth. Unity is a precious thing: but it should not be at truth’s expense. Paul was willing to be disunited with those who preached a gospel of slavery to works, instead of the freedom that comes from faith in Jesus. Make sure that you hold gospel truth as more important than either unity or division.

Let us pray:
Heavenly Father;
We thank You that You save a variety of people and give us different tasks and callings to continue to share Your Word. Your Truth. Lord, we ask of You to keep us united around the truth of the gospel. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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Falling in Love with Jesus

BY: Shellie Rushing Tomlinson: Heart Wide Open

I don’t remember the exact day I sat staring at John 17:3 “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (I do know it was shortly after I identified myself as a hypocrite), but I’ll always remember the challenge I heard in Jesus’ own words: “This is eternal life, that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

That scripture was familiar to this church girl, but the hope I heard in it was brand spanking new. For the first time I saw in those words a way to get off the spiritual merry-go-round I’d been riding my whole life and strike out on the biggest adventure of all time: to actually know God. I saw this as the way I would learn to love Jesus, to crazy love Him.

In my new plan God was the flypaper, and I would be the fly. The mission: to throw myself at Him and stick for eternity! The rest of my life began wit a single prayer and an honest admission that surprised neither of us.

I finally admitted that I had nothing to offer God. Zero. Zip. All I could bring was my weak, broken want-to. Here’s the beautiful reality: it was enough. If you want to love Jesus, it’s enough for you too!

The embarrassing truth I had avoided all my life – that I didn’t really love Jesus – was the very admission He would use to ignite my lukewarm heart. Who knew?! All I had to offer was a desire to love Him, but it was enough. Okay, to be accurate, I couldn’t even say that I wanted to love Him.

It was more like I wanted to want to love Him, and still it was enough. He accepted my passionless heart and began to breathe on it, and a new way of living began opening to me.Image

I’m walking proof that you can fall in love with Jesus by learning to whisper a simple prayer that meets with His wholehearted approval: “I don’t love You, but I want to love You. Help me!”

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Cleansing

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We can easily think we are being obedient if we do many good deeds, however, doing such things while harboring hatred, jealousy, and other such inward sins is to act as a hypocrite. We are hypocrites if we fail to mortify those things only God can see. What inner thoughts and feelings must you put to death?

Even in Old Testament times God was trying to teach people there is a big difference between outward purity and inner purity. The Jews kept lathering up, washing up and cleaning up thinking they were presentable to God. But through the prophet Jeremiah, God said,

“Although you wash yourself with soda and use an abundance of soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me,” declares the Sovereign Lord.” (Jeremiah 2:22).

God’s desire is that we be holy and pure. Soap is good for cleansing the outside of the body, but doesn’t get below the skin into the heart. How clean are you today? I’m not talking about your skin. How clean is your heart today? You may say, “Pretty clean. I’m better than a lot of people.” Let me ask it a different way: Is your heart pure today? Is it totally pure? Do you think God would be pleased if your heart was 80% clean? or 90% pure? Do you think God is pleased if your heart is 99.44% pure? It can be made pure. That’s why God issued the great invitation found in Isaiah 1:18: “Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Do you need this inner cleansing? Jesus offers the opportunity to come to Him to have your life cleaned from the inside out. Do you need His cleansing today? Let Him wash you clean and give you a new life STIRRING TIME IS COMING 

 

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Know Him

God is not impressed by our wisdom, strength, riches. He made everything, and what we have was made and given by his grace. Jeremiah taught that God DELIGHTS in our relationship with Him—Us knowing Him. A relationship that produces understanding, knowledge, kindness, justice, and righteousness ON EARTH.

On this EARTH, in our bodies, today, tomorrow, in any situation—A relationship with God helps us to be shaped into his image and to act in His holy ways. The Bible teaches that God can be known. That’s astonishing, isn’t it? The God of the Universe has chosen to reveal Himself to us. He longs for us to know Him more fully, more accurately and more personally.

The Bible and Knowing God
Let’s consider five passages this morning that speak of the vital importance of knowing God.

Jeremiah 24:7: “I will give them a heart to know me…” Friends, you and I were made to know God. He has put within each of us a desire to know Him.

John 17:3: “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God.” Our privilege and responsibility is to know God ­ this is what being a believer is all about.

Ephesians 1:17: “…so that you may know Him better.” You and I can always know God better than we do right now. This should be our heart’s passion.

Psalm 9:10: “Those who know your name will trust in you.” Our knowledge of God should lead to greater faith and obedience.

2 Thessalonians 1:8: “Those who do not know God…” God will judge those who choose to not get to know Him.

God has supernaturally revealed Himself through the Scriptures. 2 Timothy 3:16: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” If you want to get to know God, you do it by getting to know this book. If you want to hear from God, then read this book. The Bible is bursting with direct statements from God about God ­ and it reveals His mind, His heart, and His will for us. Friends, you cannot possibly know God apart from knowing Him through His words. The more you know about the Bible, the more you will know about its Author.

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