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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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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!