Daily Word for Saturday, June 20, 2015
This week we all experienced a horrible tragedy in South Carolina where nine unsuspecting and unarmed people were killed by a lone assailant. They welcomed him into the church and bible study where he sat for 45 minutes or more before he began his assault on them.
As we mourn, we can’t help but wonder why?
The Bible says in John 10:10, “the thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Cleary we see in this scripture what the influence of the enemy of our souls tends to and likewise what the Great Shepherd of our souls has as a goal or objective for us.
Theft, death and destruction are the result of evil influence. Life, and that more abundantly, is the result of Godly influence.
The Bible refers to the devil as the great enemy and warns us to stay alert and watch for his prowling-like behavior; he is seeking someone to devour [I Peter 5:8].
II Corinthians 4:4 says that, “Satan blinded the minds of those who do not believe…” and so they themselves, in a sense, are victims.
So what do we do in a time like this?
1. Choose to believe God’s words above all else.
Romans 5:20 – Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.
• Find grace in tough times; it’s there.
2. Feed on God’s words.
Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
• In dark times light can be most appreciated.
3. Reject the thought of fear.
II Timothy 1:7 – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
• Fear is never the strategy our team plays with.
4. Pray without ceasing.
James 5:16 – Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
• Prayer should not be our last resort but our first.
Let’s think on these things as we encourage one another in the Word of our Lord.