Devotions — 2015.12.10
We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens.
Ephesians 6, 12
Satan wants to be the ruler of this earth and us humans. That’s why it annoys him very much, if anyone praise the name of Jesus Christ. By all means he wants to bring him down; He will lie, cheat, threaten, incite and weaken people and, if he can, kill and destroy. How good that our Lord Jesus is stronger! How good, when we can feel save in Him!
One summer our house was full of flies. Hundreds crowded the kitchen; – It was an only plague. The cause was the milk that we treated. We changed the way we work and the flies plague ceased. Now only now and then some flies are there, but that is no longer a plague.
Similar it is with "rumours" of sin that attract the pests of evil. Only the cleaning through Jesus helps! Only another lifestyle helps! The Spirit of God wants to give us wisdom and help us to live according to Christ. He also wants to reveal hidden guilt, perhaps of our ancestors, so that they are forgiven and redeemed. Then the enemy has no more entitlements to send his tormentors.
And even if everything is full of flies and mosquitoes, there is a spray, with which one can cream. This fluid distributes all evil insects. – And similar it is with the blood of Jesus: If you are under His protection, no swarms of ghosts can harm you.
In this fight it is important for us that we are very closely connected with Jesus. Only then the enemy will have no chance. He wants to wear us down and make us weak so that our prayer is no longer a danger to him. And then he leaves us alone because we have become harmless. Rejoice, when the enemy is interested in you, because then you know you’re dangerous for him and you live in Jesus’ sake!
He, Jesus, the King of the universe, has promised: Don’t be afraid of what you are going to suffer. Look! The devil is going to throw some of you into prison in order to test you. You will suffer hardship for ten days. Be faithful even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Revelation 2:10)
Thank you, Jesus, You hold me! Even when the enemy is raging so horrible and everything is messed up: You are the Lord, who has the final word. You’re with me, You know my distress and You will set me free. How fortunate that I am safe with You!
Biblereading today: Roman 9, 14 – 29