Sunday, January 31, 2016

Foggy Day

After a pitiful night's sleep, I woke up to a foggy morning. Two cups of coffee are not going to do it today! The birds do not seem to be singing much this morning. The squirrels are racing around the yard and gobbling all the bird seed they can while the Hawk is hunting elsewhere. At certain times of year a hawk visits. I know he must eat, however, I prefer his fine dining does not consist of birds and squirrels caught in my yard.

Satan is similar to the hawk. He lurks, prowls, hunts, and devours. We may put him on the back burner, we may think the concept of satan is archaic and is not worth a second thought, but that is contrary to what the Bible says about him.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour.

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.

Matthew 4:1-11

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After he fasted forty days and forty nights he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city, had him stand on the highest point of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you’ and ‘with their hands they will lift you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Once again it is written: ‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their grandeur. And he said to him, “I will give you all these things if you throw yourself to the ground and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: ‘You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” Then the devil left him, and angels came and began ministering to his needs.

Satan is not God's equal or opposite. He is a created being who sinned and fell. His time is growing short and he is on the prowl.

Ladies, arm yourself with the Word of God and prayer. Stand firm. Our Bridegroom is coming.


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