Are You a Threat to satan?

Daily Devotional.
InTouch.org with Dr. Charles Stanley

Saturday, September 25, 2010
Read | 1 Peter 1:6-7

A Living Hope, and a Sure Salvation 
1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen  2according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.
  3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  4to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,  5who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  6In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,  7so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  8and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,  9obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of [a]your souls.
  10As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries,  11seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.  12It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven–things into which angels long to look.
  13Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  14As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,  15but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;  16because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”  17If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;  18knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,  19but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.  20For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you  21who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.  22Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from [b]the heart,  23for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. 
 24For,
         “ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS,
         AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS.
         THE GRASS WITHERS,
         AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF,
    25BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER ”
         And this is the word which was preached to you.

On two separate occasions, the Bible records that Satan petitioned the Lord to test a believer (Job 1:6-12; Luke 22:31-34). In both cases, God agreed. The Devil did his best to break the faith of first Job and later Peter, but he failed both times.

Do you suppose that Christ and Satan have ever discussed you? I think most people are too humble to assume such a conversation has happened. So let me ask the question a different way: Is your life making an impact worth talking about? I had to ask this of myself—am I serving God sufficiently to make Satan feel threatened?

Preachers and missionaries aren’t the only people who make the Enemy nervous. Any believer who is determined to obey the Lord is a threat to the Devil, particularly when sharing the gospel. God calls on you to witness to certain people because you have just the right knowledge, story, or temperament to reach them. Fearing that the unbeliever might choose salvation because of your testimony, Satan gives you plenty of opportunities to fail. He hopes you’ll be too discouraged to continue serving the Lord. The Enemy would like nothing better than to thwart God’s plan for believers’ lives by undermining their faith. That being the case, we might all be surprised how often our names pass between Jesus and Satan!

Although you may think you aren’t important, God knows your true value. Friend, as a Spirit-filled believer, you have amazing potential to serve the kingdom. Satan sees that, and he will try to make you stumble. If you fall, lean on the Lord as you get to your feet and carry on.

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I... 'will seek [First] the LORD my God, and I will find Him if I seek Him with all my heart and with all my soul.' Deut. 4:29 I... 'shall love the LORD my God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my strength.' Deut. 6:5 I... 'Trust in the LORD with all my heart, And lean not on my own understanding; In all ways... acknowledge Him, And He shall make my path straight.' Proverbs 3:5-6 I... 'remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you' 2Tim. 1:6 I... 'thank God, whom I serve... without ceasing... I... remember YOU in my prayers night and day,' 2Tim. 1:3 I... am to 'Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let my requests be made known to God' Phil. 4:6 I... KNOW: 'I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.' Phil.4:13 'My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.' Phil. 4:19 'My GOD will never leave me, nor forsake me.' Heb. 13:5 JESUS so loves me, this I... KNOW
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