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Daily Devotional October 31, 2020
Song for Reflection - “I Will Fear No More” The Afters - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMmmbJlWhtk
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:11-12).
In the war between good and bad, righteousness and evil, God and Satan, the loser has already been determined. God has provided our salvation–the Serpent’s head has been crushed. But like a wounded enemy, rather than raising the white flag of surrender, Satan is determined to fight to the bitter end...and to take as many casualties with him as he can. His tactics range from blatant frontal assaults to more covert maneuvers infiltrating the very ranks of God’s Church. We need to be on our guard, discerning his movements.
In many places around the world, the enemy is not subtle at all. Believers are imprisoned or sent to re-education internment camps. Churches are burnt to the ground. Bibles and other Christian literature is confiscated. Christians find themselves accused of blasphemy, prostylizing or being enemies of the state. To be a Christian is to live with a bull’s eye on your back.
In other places his tactics are more subtle, but no less effective. Demands for tolerance are being used against the Church as Christians find themselves the subjects of intolerance...while all the while being required to tolerate all else. On the other hand, fear and lack of love have lead to polarization...dividing us unnecessarily and at times over seemingly trivial issues.
Our enemy is having a heyday! But, what would happen if we turned our prayer focus on his defeat? To the ineffectiveness of his methods? To the salvation of those being used as pawns to do his dirty work? Let’s not forget that people are not the enemy...they are the territory being fought over!
Rather than continuing to take up a defensive posture, maybe it is time the Church went on the offensive. We can stand firm against Satan’s counter attacks as we rely on God for His protection and promised salvation. Haven’t we put up with this bully for long enough? Rather than sitting back watching others attempt to fend him off, I pray that all of us who identify ourselves as Christians, would take up the rally cry, “If God is for us, who can stand against us?!” (Romans 8:31). Let’s stand together! Let’s turn our eyes to God! Let’s pray against the one whose defeat has already been accomplished! God’s words to Joshua are for us today as well, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
~ Pastor Jane
What is God showing you during your prayer times this week? As we near the end of our week of prayer emphasis, how might you commit to continuing to spend more focused time with God?
Verse: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27
“Spirit Lead Me” Michael Ketterer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABWnLjXer10
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!