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09/09/2022 03:00 - 10/09/2022 02:00

"They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony..." - Rev 12:1 (NIV). 

Anyone who has rightly figured out that there is an enemy, Satan, waging a war against us believers would be interested in knowing more of how he works to fight him off better. Once the LORD asked Satan of his whereabouts. "Satan answered the LORD, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on" (Job 1:7). This was not a picnic walk out in the garden for as Jesus warned us Satan is but a thief who "comes only to steal and kill and destroy" (John 10:10).

When Satan confronted Jesus with temptations early in his ministry, he waved him off with the Word: "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve" (Mathew 4:10). To prevail over Satan, one must be cauched in the Word of God to level back at him with his seductions.

Aside, the believer once he is aware of Satan, must never hesitate to rebuke him. When once acting through Peter he put up an act insisting on his loyalty, "Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns" (Matthew 16:23).

Rebuke is certainly how the Apostle Paul also got back at the female slave who was being used for fortune telling, for "Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her" (John 16:10).

Should you encounter Satan as he is always on a deadly mission to have you over, master and level the Word of God back at him. Above all know that just as the Lord himself and the Apostle Paul did, you should never hesitate to confront and rebuke him into submission.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today by the power of your name, I rebuke Satan and free myself of him, and all my works, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).

    Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.

    As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him”  ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.

    Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).

    In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do  His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
    So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!

    Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!

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