GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

*THREE* WAYS to OVERCOME the POWER of SATAN

*THREE* WAYS to OVERCOME the POWER of SATAN

December 28 Bible Reading: Revelation Chapters 10-12

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (Rev 12:10-11)

The announcement that “salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God and the power of His Christ have come” (v. 10) celebrates Christ’s resurrection victory over Satan and the beginning of the New Covenant age (see Col. 2:15; Heb. 2:14). Satan is called “the accuser of our brethren” (v. 10), and he was able to accuse God’s people before the throne of God (see Job 1–2; Zech. 3:1) until the death of Christ. Now, because of the atonement that Christ has obtained for His children, Satan has now lost all grounds for accusation!

"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us." (Romans 8:31-34)

Satan’s activity is now limited to the earthly level as he seeks to accuse our consciences against ourselves and seeks to bring us under self-condemnation. In response to such attacks from Satan, we should plead the accomplishments of the blood of the Lamb (v. 11). This constitutes the defensive part of our spiritual warfare. The word of our testimony (evangelism) is our offensive warfare. The fact that we are prepared to die demonstrates that our victory is measured in faithful martyrdom.

Thus, there are ‘three ways’ to overcome the power of Satan in our lives: (1) the blood of the Lamb (which justifies us before our Holy God), (2) the word of our testimony (being a ‘faithful’ witness) to the work and grace of God, and (3) our willingness to be martyred (not loving our lives) for our faith.

With Christ’s victory over Satan, we can maintain our confession of faith in Him and thereby share in His victory.  With our sins blotted out and our declaration of Jesus’ redemptive work in our lives, we can silence the accusations of Satan.  His accusing voice of condemnation and guilt has already been swallowed up in the triumph of Calvary.  Let us boldly declare our abiding faith in the accomplished work of the Cross. Let us constantly participate in Jesus’ ultimate victory by overcoming Satan by the power of the blood of Jesus and our steady confession of faith in Christ’s triumph!

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