Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 14, 2016
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. Revelation 12:10
John flushes out the true intent of the devil—he is the accuser of the brethren whose goal is to get us to believe his lies that lead us to doubt the Lord. This dragon of death attempts to drag down with him to the depths of hell, all who will listen. In an instant Satan snatches a third of the angels (v.4) and casts them out of heaven to become demonic tormentors on earth. The devil and his demons are persistent in their accusations to discredit Christ and His followers.
Now that you have aged in years as a Christian, you may have formalized your faith to the point where the miraculous has been replaced by the mundane. Questions and doubt have replaced God’s promises of assurance. Did God really say my relationship with Him is based on my belief in Jesus Christ as His son and the only way to heaven (John 14:6)? Did God really say that those who believe in Jesus go to heaven, and those who reject him are separated from God eternally in hell (Revelation 20:15)?
“He [the serpent] said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’” (Genesis 3:1)?
Did God really say that I am to pay my taxes that are due the government as an example of good citizenship (Mark 12:17)? Did God really say I am to honor my parents, even if they are undeserving of honor (Ephesians 6:1-3)? Did God really say to volunteer in the church, start tithing, stay in this marriage, forgive my friend, invest in my family, and help my neighbor? Did He really say to trust Him, even when I don’t feel Him? Am I to obey Him when I don’t understand why or how? Yes to all!
Your Lord has proven Himself time and time again as faithful and dependable. Even when you have strayed, your Savior has been there when you turn back to truth. Christ is totally trustworthy. Believe His warnings as His protection; believe His promises as His assurance; believe His principles as His rules for living; believe in His track record as His promise of provision; believe His truth that sets you free. Doubt the devil’s accusations, yes. Doubt God’s promises, no!
“Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him” (Matthew 4:10-11).
PrayerHeavenly Father, as a lifetime learner of Your Word—I take You at Your word.
ApplicationWhat doubts do I need to acknowledge as the devil’s accusations and release to God?
Related Reading2 Chronicles 33:12; Job 36:16–19; John 20:27; Jude 1:22
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