Speaking of the devil, Jesus said,
“He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44
Satan truly is a lying thief that comes only to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10).
Therefore it is extremely important for us to depend upon the Lord and use great discernment
-to know, listen, and obey God’s voice
-and to recognize, reject, and resist the enemy’s lies (1 Peter 5:8,9).
Do not just blindly agree with the enemy’s accusations and ploys (without even realizing it). Be aware.
We are clearly warned that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14) and that his servants disguise themselves as servants of righteousness (2 Cor. 11:15).
This means they may be hard to recognize, right? And we can expect that many of the unsuspecting may never recognize the wolves among them in sheep’s clothing (Matt. 7:15).
Our discernment must be sharp and must not be neglected.
Help us not to forget these truths as we experience resistance from people. Our battle is not against ‘people,’ even though that is often the packaging the enemy uses (Eph. 6:12).
May we press beyond that resistance and the blinding work of the enemy (2 Cor. 4:4) and love people enough to speak the truth that the enemy does not want them to hear.
Lord, open our eyes and ears, that Your people will see and hear and be unable to keep You and Your love to themselves (Acts 4:20).
Open our mouths to speak forth, proclaim, preach, and herald the good news.
Go. Make disciples. Baptize. Teach them all that He has commanded.
“…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matt. 28:19,20
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