Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Life in the kingdom”
Our Bible verse for today: “He demonstrated this power in the Messiah by raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand in the heavens – far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put everything under His feet and appointed Him as head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of the One who fills all things in every way.” Ephesians 1:20-22
Our thought for today: “When Jesus is in His rightful place of Lordship over our lives and over our churches, Satan is a defeated foe.”
Jesus rules and reigns over His kingdom, both in the physical and in the spiritual realms. In a previous devotional message I wrote of how Satan works hard to establish his own kingdom which is in competition with and opposed to the kingdom of God. But while that is true, it’s also true that Satan’s kingdom is nothing but a cheap imitation of Jesus’ kingdom and it pales in terms of power and glory.
The truth is that Satan does have some power, but it is nothing compared to Jesus’ power. And the kingdom of Satan does have some allure, but it is a deceptive and secretly poisoned thing that only leads to death and destruction. Additionally, Satan can only employ his power over the lives of individuals, churches, and society, if we allow him to. As Tony Evans explains, “Satan does not have the authority to use his power when people function under the covenantal covering of Jesus Christ.”
That’s why it is so important for us as individuals, as churches, and as groups of churches working together, to be completely submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It’s when we are intentional about discovering His will and remaining in the center of it – individually and collectively – that Satan is rendered powerless and defeated. However it’s when we as individuals and churches act in self-interest and in pursuit of worldly goals that Satan has power to advance his kingdom’s agenda.
Again quoting Tony Evans, “This is why Satan will try so hard and long to lure people and divine institutions out from under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Satan knows that if he can get them out from under Christ’s covering, he has free reign to deceive, trick, and harm them however he chooses.”
As long as we keep Jesus in His rightful place of Lordship over our lives and over our churches, Satan will be a defeated foe.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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