Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- March 6, 2013
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:11
Satan is the original liar. Jesus branded him the “father of lies.” Yes, he is ever planning and scheming how he can bring down devoted followers of Christ. Apathetic believers do not concern hell, but those with a fiery faith become targets of the tempter. Like an illusionist the devil and his demons play mind games on their prey. They paint pictures with an allure of reality, but when played out become foolish ploys. Only fools chase the false promises of evil spirits.
Moreover, the father of lies leads us to live in confusion and doubt. His goal is for us to reject God’s existence. The pinnacle of pride is to think we are the center of the universe and we have no need to acknowledge a Creator. But, if we do believe in God, then “Lucifer the liar” wants us to think we become equal to God. If we believe this absurdity, we become an idol and fall into temptation in the process. Like a camouflaged snake he waits to subtly strike with a lie.
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
Another weapon in Satan’s arsenal of lies is to educate fools into believing he is a myth. He is like a stealth bomber, sneaking up and destroying unsuspecting victims. A modern culture that rejects the reality of evil personified by the devil and his demons is an unprotected target of hell’s fury. Yes, lying is the native tongue of your enemy, but truth is the language of your Lord Jesus. So, be teachable to the Father of Truth, and He will set you free from the deceptions of the devil.
Lastly, be careful to not exchange the truth for a lie. The truth is, because you are loved and forgiven by your heavenly Father, you can love and forgive. The truth is you are beautifully and uniquely created in the image of God. The truth is Christ died and rose from the dead to forgive your sins and give you abundant life. The truth is humility qualifies you to grow in grace. The truth is greatness comes by becoming a servant. The truth is Jesus has defeated the devil…period!
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
Prayer: Heavenly Father by Your Spirit give me a discerning heart that resists the devil with truth.
Related Readings: Isaiah 14:12-15; Romans 1:21-23; 1 Corinthians 15:23-25; 1 Peter 5:8-9
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