Monday, November 10, 2008

deal with the enemy [+] Monday E-Devotion

This Sunday at The Community we talked about the fact that people who choose to walk with Jesus are a threat to Satan.  That is seen in the fact that Satan is after us and anyone who is with God.  The enemy's goal is distract us and keep us from following God.

One of my favorite stories about this kind of thing is Nehemiah and how he led God's people to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem.  Here is a portion of that story:

7 But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs, Ammonites, and Ashdodites heard that the work was going ahead and that the gaps in the wall of Jerusalem were being repaired, they were furious. 8 They all made plans to come and fight against Jerusalem and throw us into confusion. 9 But we prayed to our God and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves... 12 The Jews who lived near the enemy came and told us again and again, "They will come from all directions and attack us!" 13 So I placed armed guards behind the lowest parts of the wall in the exposed areas. I stationed the people to stand guard by families, armed with swords, spears, and bows.  14 Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the nobles and the rest of the people and said to them, "Don't be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!"   15 When our enemies heard that we knew of their plans and that God had frustrated them, we all returned to our work on the wall. 

What do we do when the enemy comes at us?  It is at that point that we have to realize that God has great plans for us, and it is time to join God.  

Nehemiah had been given the plan of God and vision from God to rebuild the walls and restore the people of God.  He caused them to remember and follow God and do that as a team or a family all focused on the same things.  Even in the midst of battle or threat of battle, they kept on building.

We have to keep on.  The battle and the enemy showing up mean we are doing something right.  We have something to celebrate, but we also have something to prepare for.  Satan won't let up on us.  But God is in control.

Deal with the enemy in this way:

1 Peter 5:8 (nlt) --- Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

and this:

John 10:10 (nlt) --- The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

God came to give you and me life, gives us help in the battle.  We have a choice in how to deal with the enemy.

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