The Bondage of Satan’s Lies

Satan stealthily infiltrates every area of our life from the time of our birth. He feeds us his lies; and we gradually believe them, until they actually sound like wisdom. They cause us to deny God’s truth and call it the lie. We are so used to Satan’s fabrication, it starts to feel right and true to us. We buy into his scams and yield to his subtle manipulation. We have no idea how ridiculous we sound when we profess his propaganda and defend his deception.

Even many in the evangelical church toy with Satan’s fraud. They compromise their faith in Christ by walking on the fence between righteousness and sin. They soothe their conscience by making excuses for their behavior and accusing well-meaning brethren of judging them. They decide that they are too busy between work and hobbies to give much time to God. Their whole focus is on work, fun and relaxation.

Some people battle voices in their head, as well as heavy condemnation for their carnal behavior and lack of spiritual dedication. They fear they are mentally disturbed or are having an emotional breakdown. They have no moral fiber or physical stamina. They do not comprehend the spiritual battle for their soul going on in and around them. Their discernment is lacking and they see church as nothing more than a duty to perform for an hour a week.

They live under the heavy weight of temptation, compromise and sinful thoughts and behaviors. They neglect Bible devotion and use every excuse not to assemble with God’s Saints. Their prayers hit the ceiling and bounce back, mocking their lack of spirituality until they abandon communication with God. Some also have rocky interpersonal relationships with their family and peers. They even reap from the sin they sow, so something horrible happens to them (John 5:14).

Prayer:
Father God, you call each person alive to consistently abide in Christ. You give us all the opportunity to live a Spirit-filled, Spirit-led life and to have the discernment to walk free of Satan’s deception. Your Christ in us bears much fruit in and through our lives. He frees us from the negative fruit of a life dedicated to Satan. You deliver us from fear, depression, anger, bitterness, anxiety, loneliness, addictions, disorders and other results of sin, which dictate our thoughts and behavior. We are indeed free in Christ (John 8:36).

Thought for the Day:
God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
– 1 John 1:5

Lost Love Restored

As children, we had a natural affection for our parents; but as we age, we learn to withhold love and to look out for our self, instead of for other people. We lose this predilection to love sacrificially, as we experience disappointment, difficulties and distress. Only God’s Spirit can restore our lost love, void of our own agenda. His unconditional love draws us to live in the center of His divine will and to unite with Him in the fullest expression of His character (Galatians 5:22-23).

We agree with Jesus that our sustenance is found only in doing the will of God (John 4:34, 6:38). God does not eradicate our human will. He brings our will into agreement with His, as He graces us with more and more of His nature (2 Peter 1:4; 2 Corinthians 3:18). We perfectly complement God’s love for humanity, because our affections are no longer centered on our self, but on those He sends us to serve. We even grow to love our enemies without any fear of them.

As we abide in God’s purpose and will, His light replaces our darkness and His joy delivers us from the deepest sorrows in our soul. We are unified with His nature, directed by His Spirit and radiating His fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). We listen to God’s Spirit throughout our day and use His discernment in making every decision. Our purpose and actions are now motivated only by the will of God and the works, which He created for us to do before the earth began (John 2:17; Ephesians 2:10).

Faith in God’s faithfulness replaces negative emotions and human desires. Gratitude for His provision eliminates the need to petition Him for more. We live with a grateful heart, wanting nothing and requiring very little. Our grandest wish is not for material possessions, but for more of God to share with more people, who are held hostage in this lost and dying world. Our lost love is restored and focused on all of humanity with the sacrificial love of Christ.

Prayer:
Father God, You desire for our will to submit to Yours, so that we die to our self, and You can bear much fruit in and through our mortal spirit, soul and body (John 12:24). Therefore, we have no need to force our behavior to line up with Your Word. We simply surrender to You and You perfect us little by little through our union with Your Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 3:1-3). Help us never to live from the place of our depraved human desires and will, but to live instead for Your glory and honor in the center of Your will for our life (Romans 8:2).

Thought for the Day:
We are not united with God’s will from a sense of obligation, but through love for Him and faith in Him.