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June 5, 2011


“Being pursued…”

1 Peter 5:8-9

Do you like horror movies? I’m really not a fan of them at all. Of course, that doesn’t mean I haven’t seen my fair share. Despite the differences in plots, characters, etc…across the “horror movie spectrum”, there is one thing the majority of them all have in common: a chase scene. And I’m not talking about a good old fashion car chase, I’m talking about a bad guy, murderer, monster, alien, etc…chasing a seemingly helpless victim. And despite the fact that the victim always runs, and of course trips over something because the chase usually occurs at night…through the woods…in the fog…etc…, the monster never has to run but always seems to catch him or her. The soon-to-be victim is usually frantic, disoriented, fearful, helpless, etc… Enough of Hollywood’s make-believe. There is a REAL monster, murderer, liar, deceiver, and evil one who pursues us relentlessly. His name is Satan. And despite the fact that we cannot actually see him, like the victims see their pursuer in the movies, the fruits of his labor are seen every day in the world we live in through the things he deploys in his attempt to separate us from God. Take heart, men of God. Nothing can separate us from the love of God (Rom 8:38-39). We, the pursued, are NOT to be frantic, disoriented, fearful, or helpless. “God did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self discipline.” (2 Tim 1:7) Additionally, “…we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Rom 8:37). How can we be assured that we can withstand the attacks Satan deploys against us in this world? Our strength does not come from us but from the One who overcame the world. Christ knew we would face trials and attacks. That is why He told His disciples and us, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

Challenge: It is so easy to allow the evil one to get the best of us through his lies, deceptions, and tactics. Satan knows exactly where the soft spots in the armor are and he knows the best times to hit us. However, we are called to stand firm in the faith, to be men of courage, to be strong (1 Cor 16:13). We are told to “Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” (1 Pet 5:8-9). Stand firm against Satan’s attacks and don’t run from him. Stand firm in the faith in, and promise of, Almighty God, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, the Great I Am. He tells us just as He told Joshua He “…will never leave us nor forsake us.” (Joshua 1:5)

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your love and your grace. Thank you for giving me a spirit of power, of love, and of self discipline. Lord, there are times that I allow the devil to get the best of me. But your grace abounds. I am so grateful that I can rest in your strength and stand firm against the devil’s schemes through your causative and overcoming power. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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