God’s care is our shield
1 Corinthians 10:20
The apostle Paul wrote 1 Corinthians to a group of people who were not only young believers, but they also had come out of a pagan lifestyle. They did not have the truth of the gospel as we have it today. Yet they were hungry to learn more about the Lord and to confront their sin. They also needed to learn the truth about God and their greatest Enemy—the Devil. There are several significant truths we need to list about the Enemy.
• First, Satan is not more powerful than God. He is not omniscient and does not know all that is going to happen in your life or in the future. He may have studied your weaknesses and decided how to launch his attacks against you, but he is not more powerful than Christ in you.
• Second, Satan is a liar. In John 8:44, Jesus told us that the Enemy is the “father of lies.” God has given you the ability to discern truth from Satan’s deception. He sent His Spirit to abide in you and to bring light to the Enemy’s words of darkness.
• Third, Satan is the accuser. He will stop at nothing to convince you that you are not God’s child, that you have sinned beyond the point of forgiveness, and that your life is worthless. Don’t believe him! Paul writes in Romans 8:1, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
• Fourth, after you have accepted Christ as your Saviour, Satan shifts his focus. He is no longer interested in stealing your soul as much as he is determined to tempt you to sin, become discouraged, and turn away from your faith in Christ.
God has provided a mighty army to stand guard over your life. Even if you face difficulty and suffering, He has promised to use every difficulty for your good and His glory. His eternal care is an invincible shield that the Enemy cannot penetrate.
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