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The schemes of Satan!

Scripture reading for April 19th: 1st Chronicles 17-21

We have an enemy who is known to be crafty and who uses schemes and strategy to gain access to God’s people.  His motive is to steal from them, kill them, and ultimately destroy their souls in Hell.  (John 10:10)   Satan is said to be like a roaring lion prowling around looking for someone to devour. (1st Peter 5:8-9)  Several passages of scripture admonish God’s people to flee temptation and resist the devil.  (Matthew 6:13)  We are in a cosmic battle with evil forces of darkness and are in need of God’s help.

David was a man after God’s heart but he was also prone to temptation and did not always resist.  One time he stayed in Jerusalem when his army went to war.  (1st Chronicles 20:1)  (The incident with Bathsheba is not mentioned in this account.)  David came and took the crown off the head of the king of the Ammonites whom Joab and his army had defeated.  This crown weighed around 75 pounds and was full of precious stones.  David placed that crown on his own head.  (1st Chronicles 20:2)

Right after this, David returned again to Jerusalem and Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census!  (1st Chronicles 21:1)  This was evil in God’s sight because it was motivated by pride and not by God’s direction.  (1st Chronicles 21:7)   Satan had gained an inroad in David’s life.  David was not fighting the Lord’s enemies but stayed home to engage in sexual sin.  He had Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband, killed. He took this massive crown belonging to a pagan king and placed it on his own head.  This cost the lives of 70,000 Israelites!

David did repent and ended up buying the threshing floor of Arunah as a place of sacrifice to the Lord to stop the plague of death.  This site became the site of the temple!  The temple was a place where anyone who had sinned could bring a sacrifice with humility and find forgiveness and restoration!  David’s latter Son, Jesus Christ, would humbly offer Himself in this temple to be the final sacrifice for the sins of the world defeating Satan and his schemes of death!  Ask the Lord to open your eyes to Satan’s schemes!  Don’t take a vacation from God or His work!

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The Overcomers

Scripture reading for December 28th: Revelation 10-13

When we look at the world we live in and the formidable troubles that face all mankind, it is easy to become fearful and worry.  Demonic forces are everywhere and it appears that they are winning.  Pornography is prevalent everywhere.  Terrorism and bloodshed are daily news for those who anxiously watch.  Economic troubles, famines, and earthquakes are regular fare.  Nations are uneasy with wars, rumors of war, nuclear weapons, rockets, and armies in readiness.  Into this setting Christ, the Lamb slain, leads His followers and calls them to be overcomers!

John sees a repeat of the nativity story with a cosmic setting.  This sign appearing in heaven showed a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.  This woman was pregnant and and in pain as she was about to give birth.  (Revelation 12:1-2)  John then saw another sign.  There appeared a great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on the heads.  The dragon’s tail had swept a third of the stars from the sky and flung them to earth.  The dragon stood in front of the woman to devour her child the moment it was born.  (Revelation 12:3-4)

The woman gave birth to a male child, who will rule all the nations!  The child was snatched up to God and His throne.  The woman fled into the desert to a place God prepared for them.  Then there was war in heaven between Michael the Archangel and his forces and the dragon and his angels.  The dragon was hurled down to earth with his angels with him.  The identity of the dragon was the “ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan”.  (Revelation 12:7-9)

A loud voice from heaven announced the coming of the kingdom of God and the hurling down of the accuser of the brothers.  The brothers “overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” (Revelation 12:11)  The heavens were rejoicing!  All who dwelt there were encouraged to rejoice!  Those on the earth, however, would have woe because the devil was enraged.  He knew his time was short! (Revelation 12:12)

As believers, we are seated in the heavens in Christ.  Heaven is our home.  We can rejoice because we have overcome.  The blood of Jesus speaks peace, joy, and pardon for all who will repent and trust the Lord!  We are overcomers with the forces of heaven!  The devil is cast down and we are snatched up along with the Man-child who was born to the woman!  No matter what might happen to us on earth, the best is yet to come!  Rejoice today and tell someone the good news!  The devil’s time is short!

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