Day Nineteen

Our Scripture text today in found in Luke 4:31-37

Beth’s questions today: Have you ever observed clear demonic activity? What were its most noticeable indications and characteristics?

What are some things you know about satan from the Scripture? (If nothing comes to mind, read Ezekiel 28:11-17, Isaiah 14:12-15, and Revelation 12:3-12).

We are reminded today of the early days of the ministry of Christ. The role of the accuser in His life. On day 16 we covered the temptation of Christ in the wilderness.

Okay, you know the enemy doesn’t stop if you overcome him once…right? Well, I know he doesn’t me. He knows exactly the vulnerable places of our lives.

I want to remind you of something that Beth shares, “No matter what authority satan and his subjects have been temporarily allowed in this world system, Christ can pull rank any time He wants.” (page 93)

There have been many times I have seen Christ pull rank. I remember once, many years ago at my home church, a woman entered and sat on the back row. No fuss –no muss. A few Sundays later, she is back. But sitting on the second row. I think this was during a revival at our church. She came as the tool of the enemy. She came to divert attention, cause confusion and through the tactics of the devil, she performed quite a show. The Spirit filled elders or “deacons” as we call them, of the church gathered round her and prayed until there was peace once again restored to the service. I was not up front where this happened and did not get a first hand look, but the presence of Almighty God was so real in that church it was an unmistakable moving of the Holy Spirit—and an unmistakable battle for control by the enemy. But his plan was thwarted.

Whether we wish to believe it or not, the powers of darkness do hover in any area of our lives —when we give them access. They gain access through any part of our lives left uncovered by the blood of the Lamb. I am not saying that we become “possessed”. We are washed in the blood of Christ, freed from sin and the devil cannot pass the bloodline! Do I hear an Amen!? But what I am saying is that we can become oppressed—and when we neglect our prayer lives, our Bible reading, even our fellowship with like minded believers, that is an open access if ever I saw one. How do I know? Well—from experience.

Girls, it’s everywhere. And the closer we get to the trumpet sounding (yes, Denise—I am listening for it too!), then the more he (the devil) will work to wreck havoc on our lives. Wherever he can get a toehold. Wherever he can gain access. But I’ve read the last page of the Bible. His days are numbered! Let me share this from the Amplified Version—Revelation 12:10 “Then I heard a strong (loud) voice in heaven, saying, Now it has come–the salvation and the power and the kingdom (the dominion, the reign) of our God, and the power (the sovereignty, the authority) of His Christ (the Messiah); for the accuser of our brethren, he who keeps bringing before our God charges against them day and night, has been cast out! (emphasis mine)

Do you know who the “them” are? Them is us. Poor grammar—but you get the point. We are those that the accuser is “tattling” on day and night. What he don’t get—what he can’t possibly understand—is when we repented of our sins—and gave Christ full control of our hearts and lives—He took our sins and washed them clean—with the blood shed on Calvary. Our sins have been cast into the depths of the seas! Never to be remembered again!

“He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:19

Father in heaven, thank You—for You for the promise of a future—for protection –for deliverance from sin–through the life, death and resurrection of Your Son Jesus Christ! We are truly listening for the trumpet! Give us wisdom and knowledge to act on what we know is truth from Your Word. Please touch the lives of the dear sisters that have joined with us for this journey of faith in every aspect of their days. Give them strength and peace—bless them and open up Your Word to their hearts and ours. In the precious name of Jesus I pray~Amen.

Girls, don’t forget to read your weekend days! I have peeked ahead—-this weekend is as good as last weekend! I took my book to Barnes & Noble today at lunch and shared with two friends over tea and coffee some awesome things we had been reading! I pray that the Lord will open up more doors for each of us to share His Word and His love!

Keeping the Faith,

Angie

See ya’ll on Monday!


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