Day Seven – Resisting the enemy

Today’s Scripture: Ephesians 6:13-14; James 4:7 James exhorted us to “resist” the devil and he would run (see James 4:7). The word “resist” actually means to unswervingly stand without giving up. Paul indicated the same idea when he said we should “stand our ground; after having done all, stand;” and “stand firm” (see Eph. 6:13-14). Some people confuse resisting with[…]

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Day Six – Wielding the Sword

Today’s Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11; Ephesians 6:16-17; 1 Corinthians 14:20 Paul instructed how we can defeat the enemy. Besides wearing the armor of God, we are to hold in one hand the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) and the shield of faith in the other. In the first century, the shields the Romans used for warfare were made[…]

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Day Five – God’s Mercy

Today’s Scripture: Genesis 3:14-24; Isaiah 61:10; Habakkuk 3:2 God is more than willing to forgive; but, even in the midst of mercy, we must face the consequences of our wrong-doings, as Adam and Eve quickly learned. The Lord pronounced judgment on the serpent, then on Eve, and lastly on Adam (see Gen. 3:14-19). The ultimate punishment, though, was their being[…]

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Day Four – Satan’s Desertion

Today’s Scripture: Genesis 3:7-13, Numbers 23:19, John 8:44, Romans 8:6-7 The devil successfully lured Adam and Eve from a realm of perfect peace into a place of unrest and hostility toward God (see Rom. 8:6-7). Scripture tells us it is impossible for God to lie (see Heb. 6:18 and Num. 23:19). Apparently, it’s impossible for Satan NOT to lie (John[…]

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Day Two – Silencing the Enemy

Today’s Scripture: Genesis 3:1-3; Matthew 8:16, 32; 1 Corinthians 14:33 Apparently, before the Fall, it wasn’t unusual for animals to talk, since there is no indication that Eve was startled when the serpent spoke. Her first mistake, however, was taking time to dialog with the enemy (see Gen. 3:2-3). Nothing he says is for our own good, no matter how[…]

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Day One – The Devil’s Playground

Today’s Scripture: Genesis 3:1-3 Several years ago, a widow with ten adult children shared with me a promise that God had given her from Acts 16:31 – “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” At that time, only one of her children was saved, but she was believing that none of them would be[…]

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