God gives every created being a choice, and Satan chose to revolt. When Satan rebelled against God, he was cast from the mountain of God (Ezekiel 28:16).
God knew that Satan would want more than his exalted position as an archangel; therefore, He provided Jesus, before the foundation of the world, to be our sacrificial lamb and die in our place (Revelation 13:8).
In the Garden of Eden, Satan successfully played his hand against Adam and won authority over this earthly realm. Now, he reigns supreme; but only as he is given permission by God (Job 1:6-7).
The devil roams the earth seeking those as gullible as Adam and Eve – those willing to buy into his lies and destruction (1 Peter 5:8). His whole purpose is to accuse and prosecute the righteous before God (Revelation 12:9-10).
He attempts to keep us in bondage to His temptations and lies, and to cause us to make lethal decisions concerning our time and our energy. Thankfully, God did not leave us defenseless.
He gave us His Son Jesus Christ as our advocate, our High Priest who defends and protects us from Satan’s wiles and his fiery darts of accusation and temptation.
Christ in us is greater than Satan and his mighty army of demons. Jesus gives us victory over any power and influence that Satan exhibits toward us (Revelation 12:11).
We are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us (Romans 8:31-39). None of Satan’s accusations are valid when compared to the blood of our unblemished sacrificial Lamb.
God provides us with His Spirit and power to share the love of Christ with the dying world around us (Acts 1:8). We never meet a stranger, but simply a potential friend and fellow member of the Body of Christ (Revelation 12:13-17).
Father God, thank You for giving us an advocate and for protecting us from Satan’s destruction. Your discipline is painful for the moment, but bears for us the peaceful fruit of righteousness (Isaiah 32:17). Help us to live as testimonies for the love and care You give to us every moment of every day (Matthew 10:39).
Let our light so shine that others will see Your works in our life and give You the glory (Matthew 5:16). Lead us in level paths because of our enemies, which attempt to derail us from Your will for our life (Psalm 27:11). Thank You for preparing a feast for us in the presence of our enemies and for taking away from us the shame of Satan’s accusations and replacing them with the fruit of Your righteousness (Philippians 1:11).
Thought for the Day:
Humanistic morality may prevent us from the affliction of a jail sentence, but only believing in Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary’s cross and trusting our life to Him will keep us from spending eternity in the agony of hell.