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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Total Destruction, #11
Therefore, take care to follow the commands, decrees and laws I give you today. If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the LORD your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your forefathers. (Deuteronomy 7:11,12—NIV)
"If you pay attention to these laws"!
The Christians of today, at least in America, are looking for formulas or "secrets" by which they can get things from God, such as blessing, fertility, freedom from disease. We are not supposed to be trying to get things from God. Our task is to seek His will and then obey it. From our obedience to Christ's commandments comes every blessing, every healing.
The need for today among us Christians in America is to seek God's Person and will and then to respond with love and stern obedience. Only then will there be a chance that our nation will be spared the fury of Divine judgment.
You must destroy all the peoples the LORD your God gives over to you. Do not look on them with pity and do not serve their gods, for that will be a snare to you. (Deuteronomy 7:16—NIV)
As I said, we are to be merciless toward the sin in our own life. We are to confess it, denounce it, renounce it, turn away from it with all the strength that God gives us. We are not to let the tiniest particle of it remain in us. We are to cast it out as the spiritual filth that it is.
You may say to yourselves, "These nations are stronger than we are. How can we drive them out?" But do not be afraid of them; remember well what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt. You saw with your own eyes the great trials, the miraculous signs and wonders, the mighty hand and outstretched arm, with which the LORD your God brought you out. The LORD your God will do the same to all the peoples you now fear. (Deuteronomy 7:17-19—NIV)
Many of the Lord's people are afraid of Satan. They believe he is so powerful that they are condemned to continue in sin and the Lord Jesus Christ is not strong enough to do much about it. They are afraid to challenge Satan. They are hidden in their closets of unbelief and ignorance.
The truth is, the Lord Jesus Christ is so much more powerful than Satan there is no comparison. Jesus Christ is a King. When we give so much credit to Satan, the King becomes jealous and turns away from us. He Himself met Satan in battle and conquered him. Christ is waiting for us to discover this fact and to stop repeating how we must sin as long as we are in this world. The Scripture does not teach this!
If Satan could have stopped anything it would have been the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was completely unable to do this. There is nothing Satan can do about anything Christ desires. Satan cannot shut a door Christ opens or open a door Christ shuts.
Satan does not hold even the keys of Hell and death. Jesus has these keys and uses them as He will.
Jesus has all authority and power in the heavens and on the earth. Satan must always bow the knee to Jesus Christ. There is nothing he can do about it. God has given everything to His beloved Son.
To be continued.