This Month's Promise

“Submit yourself God; Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

- (James 4: 7)

Read: I Peter 5: 8-11


"... He (Satan) was a murderer from the beginning. ... He is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)

Imagine you are in a crowded mall and a police officer calls you on your cell phone and says, “We’ve just got a word that someone has planned to take your life. There’s a hit man in the food court watching you right now.” Suddenly you are totally focused on the identity of that hit man. “Is he tall? Short? Bearded? Fat? Thin? Is he on the other side of the court or is he standing next to me? Has he spotted me yet? Will he try to kill me here?” - thousands of questions flood your mind. When a person means to do you harm, understanding that person’s identity, appearance, whereabouts, modus operandi, intentions, skills are things you would really like to know. Even in the spiritual world, since Satan always keeps watching us to harm us, it is better that we know his strategies. Paul warned the Christians at Corinth to be on guard so that they would not be outwitted by Satan, for they were not ignorant of his schemes. (II Corinthians 2:11) He also warned the Ephesians that no matter how many opposed their stance for Christ, their real enemies were not people, but the sinister forces lurking behind them. They were not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12) And Peter urged people to be on the lookout for Satan who prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (I Peter 5:8) Putting these three passages together we can draw a preliminary sketch of our ancient enemy, the devil - Satan is a powerful being who is scheming to outwit us. He works with all of his might to block our view of God’s awesome beauty and glory, His righteousness and justice. Paul writes that Satan’s aim is to keep us from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (II Corinthians 4:4) Even though this verse describes Satan’s work among unbelievers, Satan even tempts Christians not to think glorious thoughts of Christ.

Dear friends, let us be careful not to fall into Satan’s trap. He tempts us to sin first and then accuses us vehemently. Let us not lose our soul, but guard ourselves by the power of the Holy Spirit always.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I realize that I am not only watched by you all the time, but also by Satan who tries to tempt me and then accuse me and finally steals my soul. Let me not yield to him but guard myself by the power of your Holy Spirit. Keep me from sinning, O Lord. Amen.