How to prepare each day for the battle ahead…
Satan and his minions are ever present to try to discourage us and keep us from following God’s path.
With that in mind, we must begin each day by putting our heads on right, and thereby prepare for each day’s challenges.
In order for us to do this God tells us to put on our spiritual armor daily.
Lord deliver us from Evil…
In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus is instructing His disciples how to pray, and in verse 13 he says,
“DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE.”
Each of God’s people is a target of Satan’s opposition and attack.
On our own, we cannot overcome or even resist his evil purposes.
For this reason, we must rely completely on God, praying constantly for wisdom and strength to defeat the devil’s schemes.
In the prayer that Jesus prayed to the Father in John 17, we learn that the world is a tremendous battleground where the forces under Satan’s power and those under God’s authority are at war.
Satan and his forces are motivated by bitter hatred for Jesus Christ and His forces.
Jesus prayed for His disciples, including those of us who follow Him today.
He prayed that God would keep His chosen believers safe from Satan’s power, setting them apart and making them pure and holy, uniting them through His truth. This all happens when we are born-again.
How do we get eternal life?
Jesus tells us clearly here—by knowing God the Father Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Eternal life requires entering into a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
When we admit our sin and turn away from it, Jesus’ love lives in us by the Holy Spirit.
Before Jesus came to earth, He was one with God.
At this point, when His mission on earth was almost finished, Jesus was asking His Father to restore Him to His original place of honor and authority.
Jesus’ resurrection and ascension—and Stephen’s dying exclamation (Acts 7:56)—attest that Jesus did return to His exalted position at the right hand of God.
Listen to what Jesus says in John 17:10-12..
10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I AM GLORIFIED IN THEM.
11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.
12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name.
Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
What did Jesus mean when he said “I am glorified in them?”
We glorify God when we reveal His presence and character in the way we live.
The lives of Jesus’ disciples reveal Jesus’ character and by our operating and walking in His character (in His name) we show the world that He is present in us.
And in verses 15-19 Jesus says:
15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.
16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them by Your truth.
Your word is truth.
18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
19 And for their sakes I SANCTIFY Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
To “Sanctify” means to make holy (i.e., morally and spiritually pure, whole, separated from evil and dedicated to God) and to separate or set apart (for God’s purposes).
The evening before His death, Jesus prays that His disciples will be a holy people.
He prays for them to be separated from evil in the world for the purpose of worshiping and serving God and fulfilling His purposes on earth.
They must be set apart in order to be in a close relationship with a holy God, to live for Him and to be like Him.
The Holy Spirit accomplishes this process of sanctification as Jesus’ followers devote themselves to living by the truth revealed to them by the Spirit (cf. 14:17; 16:13).
Selah (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
Thursday, June 30
God At Eventide
by Two Listeners
IMMUNE FROM EVIL
Evil was conquered by Me, and to all who rely on Me there is immunity from it.
Turn evil aside with the darts I provide.
1. Rejoicing in tribulation is one dart.
2. Practicing My Presence is another.
3. Self-emptying is another.
4. Claiming My Power over temptation is another
You will find many of these darts as you tread My Way and you will learn to use them adroitly, swiftly.
Each is adapted to the need of the moment.
Now unto Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
— Jude 1:24-25
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