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Defeating the Devil

The devil brings disaster, mayhem, confusion, hurt, terror, chaos, deception, distraction and defeat. Likewise, the list of negative connotations could go on and on. Simply put, he is like a thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy: On the other hand, Jesus came that you might have life more abundantly” (John 10:10).

Notably, there are many people today who are living a life of defeat, because they are so overwhelmed with tribulations, and they have somehow lost their zeal and faith in the Lord. Consequently, losing their zeal and faith in the Lord have prevented them from successfully defeating the devil.

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In your weakest moment, that is when you have to be on the look-out for the devil. He likes to strike when you are down and out, as this is the point where you are most vulnerable to his attacks. He also uses great disguise in his tricks to defeat you. With this in mind, you have to be fully aware of the devil’s trick and distraction, in order to know how he operates, so you can defeat him.

In Ephesians 6:10-18, the Apostle Paul gave some very astounding encouragements and several key tools to defeat the devil. He advised you to put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil, meaning his tricks and tactics. This is so, because you wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities; against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Spiritual Warfare

The devil is a spirit; therefore, flesh and blood cannot defeat him. He was cast out of Heaven along with other fallen angels. The devil apart from utilizing fallen angels, utilizes evil spirits around, as well as humans who fall prey to his whims.

By and large, the devil has a lot of forces and powers to work for him. Alternatively, the Holy Spirit is a spirit, and God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Considering this, the Holy Spirit will help you to fight against the devil, as this is not a fist fight, but a spiritual fight.

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Jesus' Body

In a perilous time such as this, where the world is in a turmoil, is war inevitable? There is no guarantee that war will cease, but there is a guarantee that you can have peace in the midst of war.  The greatest gift that God has given us, is His son – Jesus.  In light of this, amidst all the trials and tribulations of this world, Jesus has already overcome the world (John 16:33).

As Jesus made His entry into this world, there was a great rejoicing, because the prophesy has been fulfilled. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men (St. Luke 2:10-11:14).

Jesus' birth

As we approach the birth of Jesus, remember that there’s still hope and a future. Jesus came that you will have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).  Therefore, your enemy has been defeated by the power of Jesus. Remember the reason that Jesus came, that you will have life and have it more abundantly.

By and large, as you go through this season, reflect on Him as a savior who came not only to give you salvation, but to deliver you from all evil.

Jesus' Body

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“One of them came back to Jesus, shouting, ‘Glory to God, I’m healed!’ He fell flat on the ground in front of Jesus, face downward in the dust, thanking Him for what He had done. . . . Jesus asked, ‘Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the nine?’” Luke 17:15–17

I have often thought of how exciting it will be when we get to heaven and our eyes will be opened to see all the miracles God did for us — most of which we were unaware of. However, we will also come to realize how many times we rationalized away many of the miracles— just like the nine lepers who were healed.

The cartoon character Charlie Brown gave several possibilities as to why the nine lepers never returned to Jesus to give thanks. Keep in mind that these are only possibilities, but they reveal a lot about human nature. One man waited to see if the cure was real. – One waited to see if it would last. – One said he would see Jesus later. – One decided that he had never really had leprosy. – One said he would have gotten well anyway. – One gave the glory to the priests. – One said, “Oh, well, Jesus didn’t really do anything.” – One said, “Any rabbi could have done it.” – One said, “I was already much improved.”

Think about it. Are we thanking God for all He has done and is doing for us? Or are we, like the lepers, rationalizing away God’s miracles? Father, would You please give us an attitude of gratitude — every day?

Thank You! Amen.

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