Devotional from Life Church:
Imagine you’re at the doctor because you don’t feel well, and this time it seems serious. Your doctor looks at you and says, “Well, I’ve got some good news, and some … good news.” He continues, “The good news is there aren’t any diseases, viruses, or signs of aging in your body.” Wanting to feel relieved, you keep listening, “The other good news is that you have strong bones, great microorganisms in your gut, and your heart is totally beating. Good job.” He lets you stare blankly for a bit, then finishes with, “Thanks for coming in! The receptionist will give you more information about how healthy and safe you are.”
What would you do? Would you walk out relieved, or would you go find another doctor who wasn’t completely crazy? Hopefully the latter.
Sometimes we live a spiritual life silently advised by the crazy doctor. We walk around, doing your job, going to church, coming home, dropping off the kids, paying bills, and watching Netflix like everything’s all-good. Like there’s not a constant internal battle happening in your heart, mind, and soul.
Imagine the doctor story again. What if you were fighting a life-threatening battle that could be overcome with the right care? If the doctor said, “It’s all good. Nothing going on here,” he wouldn’t be your doctor; he’d be your destroyer.
Well, you are fighting a life-threatening battle that can be overcome with the right care. And you do have a destroyer. He is called the devil, Satan, Lucifer, the father of lies, the enemy, the deceiver, and the accuser. He wants you dead, spiritually dead. He’s often just like the crazy doctor.
But there is good news, real Good News. The Gospel. Jesus came into the world to destroy death, defeat the schemes of the devil, and give us life and more life. And because of Jesus, the good doctor, we don’t just fight this battle for victory, we fight from victory.
Over the next few days we’ll look at who the devil is, what he does, and how we fight, from victory.
Pray: God, open my eyes to the places in my heart, mind, and soul where I live like everything’s fine even though it’s not. Thank You for Your power to fight from victory!
Here are the scriptures referenced:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
1 Peter 5:8-9 KJV
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
2 Timothy 1:9-10 KJV
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 10:10 KJV
Here are my thoughts:
The greatest lie the devil has ever convinced the world is true is that he does not exist!
Oh, he is real alright. He was an archangel before pride took over. He fell from heaven with a third of the angels after waging a war in heaven. And those fallen angels are the demons we now fight on a daily basis.
Yes, demons can possess people! It’s scriptural and I have personally witnessed it! It’s a little frightening the first time…
The devil despises God and since we are created in God’s image he despises us too! And by no means does he want us to actually be living for God! And he will everything including the kitchen sink at us to keep us from our calling.
The list of things he throws at us is way to long to ever write in a post.
Just remember though…our battle is not with our spouse, our kids, our in-laws, bosses or even the goober that cut us off at the intersection (those are flesh and blood) but rather principalities and the rulers of the darkness of this world.(demons)
I’ll stop for today. Let’s see where this Bible study takes us 😊
Here’s a book for all you bookworms out there…
Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness & Piercing The Darkness. These will change how you pray…trust me!!!!