All around us we see the work of Satan. He tempts us to sin. He plants seeds of bitterness, hate, and envy in hearts. He deceives us with his subtle lies and half-truths. We only have to look as far as the news to see the results on a global scale as hatred and anger incite countless skirmishes around the world. Greed and selfishness fuel corruption, leading to worldwide crises. Extremists persecute Christians for their faith in Jesus Christ, even in democratic nations founded upon Christianity.
We have the very Spirit of God in us to empower us to live godly lives and to stand firm.
Satan's campaigns are weakening our religious freedoms. While we must take responsibility for our own actions, we can almost always trace the original source of our contention to the plans of Satan.
As long as we live in this world, the devil can and will try to pull us down. The good news is that we can fight him and not give in to temptation because we have the very Spirit of God in us to empower us to live godly lives and to stand firm, trusting our faithful God—whatever our trials.
Prayer: Father, help me to not give in to temptation and to resist the devil. I know You have freed me from the chains of sin and empowered me to live righteously by Your Spirit. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8).
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