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Innocently Shrewd

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

– Matthew 10:16

Yesterday, we talked about how Satan does exist but how we, as Christians, have power and authority over the darkness he tries to bring to our lives. Overall, we affirmed that Jesus has won the war! Today, I want to talk a little bit more about our adversary and where his pseudo-power comes from.

I believe that lack and evil on this planet are carried out through the agency of people; however, their root cause is in the spirit world, namely through Satan and the fallen angels who chose to follow him instead of serving the Lord of all. Now, whenever we talk about the devil and Satanic influences in modern society, it’s easy for educated people to put their guard up — that’s because the enemy doesn’t want us to know him or his schemes. Like Kevin Spacey’s character said at the end of the movie Usual Suspects, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn’t exist.” I agree wholeheartedly with that statement!

Friend, like it or not, you have an enemy. Satan does exist and he is working in the world against the Kingdom of God. His aim is to destroy the lives of believers through deception, temptation, and the illusion of lack. You see, the last thing he wants is for you to understand the fullness of your sufficiency, goodness, and abundant life in Jesus. The devil is lost, and if you let him, he will wreak havoc in your life. His goal? To make more losers before he goes down for eternity! Jesus will ultimately destroy him, but he wants people to join him on the losing team so he makes it look enticing. This is why it’s important to be vigilant — shrewd as a snake and gentle as a dove — and to know your authority in Christ! You are more than a conqueror through His blood that was shed for you on the cross. Stand firm in His power, today and always, and He will guard you, protect you, and fight for you! Isn’t that great news?

Prayer


I am so grateful, Jesus, that you are my defense against the forces of darkness. I acknowledge that I have an enemy, but I affirm wholeheartedly that you are greater than he!

Reflection


What is your perception of Satan? Where do you see him attacking your life?

One thought on “Innocently Shrewd

  1. Carol says:

    Good one!

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