Thursday, January 7, 2016

Devotion: Who Can Be Against Us?

Scripture clearly states that we are all involved in some type of warfare, where “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).  You see, we do not wrestle against people made of flesh and blood but against the evil rulers of the spirit realm, against those mighty satanic beings, against the great evil princes of darkness, and against the wicked spirits of this unseen world.  Although we live in this world in the flesh, we do not engage in this warfare according to the flesh and by human standards, as the world typically engages in war.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we don’t wage war according to the flesh; for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds, throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ; and being in readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience will be made full” (II Corinthians 10:3-6 WET).

Our weaponry for this warfare cannot be that of conventional human weaponry.  No, we must use spiritual weaponry, weapons provided to us by God.  These mighty spiritual weapons are designed to knock down and overthrow the enemy’s strongholds, cast down every proud argument against God, and pull down every high thing that promotes itself against the knowledge of God.

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4).  “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous (burdensome).  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God” (I John 5:1-5)?  “What shall we then say to these things?  If God be for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31)?  “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Because we are children of God, scripture tells us “the one who is in us is much greater than that one that is in the world.”  And if God be for us then who can be against us.  We are warned that we will have tribulations, misfortunes, trials, sufferings, and misfortunes, but Jesus tells us to “be of good cheer because he himself has overcome the world.”

“And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.  For from the very beginning God decided that those who came to him—and all along he knew who would—should become like his Son, so that his Son would be the First, with many brothers.  And having chosen us, he called us to come to him; and when we came, he declared us ‘not guilty,’ filled us with Christ’s goodness, gave us right standing with himself, and promised us his glory.  What can we ever say to such wonderful things as these?  If God is on our side, who can ever be against us?  Since he did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won’t he also surely give us everything else (Romans 8:28-32 TLB)?

God’s love surrounds us more than we could ever imagine.  God’s love always protects and never gives up.  God’s love is always hopeful and endures, for it perseveres and never gives up.  The fact that God did not even spare his son, but offered him up for us all, should speak volumes to all.  Since we know what God has done, is there nothing that he would not do for us or anything that he would not give us?  God is always with us even though it may not seem like it at times.

“So be strong and courageous!  Do not be afraid and do not panic before them.  For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you.  He will neither fail you nor abandon you” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT).

God has promised that he will never leave us not forsake us, that he will neither fail us nor abandon us.  No matter what may come our way, our God is always there to help us in our time of need and to see us through whatever may come.  God has told us to be strong and courageous and not to be afraid or to panic because he is always with us.  And if God be with us always and if he be on our side, than “who can be against us?”

As always, we give thanks and glory to God for his wisdom and understanding.  We continually pray that our inspirational message will be a blessing to each of you and that you will be the better for having read it.  If you are blessed by what has been provided, please feel free to share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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