Many people live afraid of Satan when Christ clearly stating that the only person we must have a reverence fear of is God. A reverent fear of God protects us (Psalm 34:7), provides us wisdom (Proverbs 9:10), leads to our homes being blessed (Proverbs 24:3-5; Psalm 112) and it provides direction for sincere worship which blesses God (Hebrews 12:28-29).
To fear Satan does not even make sense because John states; “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world”(1 John 4:4). Paul puts it this way; “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39; NASU) Maybe this is why David would say; “The righteous cry, and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17).
Hopefully we understand how heaven knows all of Satan’s schemes and attacks; the evil acts of the devil for those who love God (2 Corinthians 2:11; 12:7; 1 Thessalonians 2:18). Satan may go to heaven seeking to destroy us but we have a faithful intercessor, Jesus, who fights for us every day. We have learned that even though Satan has the whole world in his hands our intercessor rescues us and empowers us to live productive despite who or what Satan uses. This is why we must bring our “A” to the “A” team because being on the team is victory over the devil. This is why when we hurt Christ, He hurts and loves us so much that He leaves His heaven spiritually and walks with us, providing angels to encamp around us (Psalm 34:7; Hebrews 1:14) so that we live powerfully each day. Maybe this is what excited Paul who with total conviction says; “He can do all things through Christ who strengthens him.” (Philippians 4:13) So now this week we must learn to live each day in the power of the cross with our minds and hearts fixed on Christ no matter what the Lord allows us to go through. “……….I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 3:12-14; NIV)
‘Victory is Jesus.’
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