I have started reading from a “new” devotional called, “Experiencing God” by Henry T. Blackaby & Richard Blackaby. Yesterday’s devotion was soooo good I just had to share it with you. I’ll make a little plug for them by directing you to amazon if you’d like to get a copy for yourself. Click here: http://www.amazon.com/Experiencing-God-Day-Devotional/dp/0805444785/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1414855750&sr=8-5&keywords=experiencing+god NOTE!!– Those of you who are part of the women at Centerpointe Church, DON’T purchase one! Just attend our Harvest Gathering November 16th. 😉
Experiencing God – October 31st
A Defeated Enemy
“Christians are not called to defeat Satan. God has already done that in Christ! Nor is it our mandate to “bind” Satan. Jesus has already set limits on the extent and duration of Satan’s freedom. Satan, “our ancient foe,” was decisively and completely defeated by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and in His resurrection. With regard to Satan, our assignment is to trust in the victory that Christ already achieved and daily resist him with the truth of his defeat, as Jesus did.
Satan is the father of lies and a master deceiver (John 8:44). If he can convince you that God has not defeated him, then you will not experience Jesus’ victory. You will find yourself fighting battles that Christ has already won! You will fear Satan though he has already been utterly and humiliatingly defeated. Your responsibility is to resist Satan, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). When you resist him, you are acknowledging that Jesus has defeated him and given you victory over his influence. God has provided you with spiritual armor that is more than sufficient to withstand any assault by Satan (Eph. 6:10-20).
Christians can become preoccupied with battling Satan. This deceives them to invest their time and energy attempting to do something that Christ has already done for them. If Satan can divert you to wage a warfare that has already ended in surrender, he will have eliminated your effectiveness where God wants you. Fearing Satan is fearing a prisoner of war. You have no need or calling to defeat Satan; you need only to apply Christ’s victory in every area of your life and to live the victorious Christian life.”
I hope that encourages you today as it did for me. We are more than conquerors in Christ!!