August 21, 2018
Protect Yourself from the Enemy
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)
Satan, the enemy, roams like a lion looking for people to devour. He attacks us and tries to beat us down. He wants us to take our eyes (and faith) off of Jesus. Nothing makes Satan more happy than to have us grumbling, complaining, and wallowing in self-pity.
What can we do to prevent this from happening?
- Accept God’s grace of forgiveness and allow Jesus to be Lord of your life.
“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)
- “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11 (ESV)
Memorizing scripture verses is a powerful tool. When trouble or doubt come in your life, speak out the memorized scripture verses to keep your focus on God and his grace and power.
- Count Your Blessings! Instead of focusing on the trouble in your life or in the life of your loved one(s), look around for the good in your life. If your knee aches when you get out of bed, be thankful you are still able to stand. When your job gets stressful, think of how God provided the job as a way to meet your physical needs. Do you have a loving spouse, wonderful children, beautiful grandchildren, friends to laugh with, a caring church family, friendly neighbors…? If you pause and look around, there is no doubt you could notice numerous blessings in your life. All you have to do, rather than focus on negative things, is open your eyes and heart so you can recognize the good God has placed in your life.
Satan may try to keep us down but God lifts us up with his grace, mercy and love! “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” Romans 15:13 (NIV)
In Christ’s Love,
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