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21 December 2022 ‘We are wrestling with…the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil.’ Ephesians 6:12 GWT

In his book War on the Saints, Jessie Penn-Lewis wrote, ‘The chief condition…for the working of evil spirits in human beings, apart from sin, is passivity.’ A lot of evil comes from us simply doing nothing or sitting back and letting things happen. That’s why the apostle Peter urged us to ‘Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour’ (1 Peter 5:8 NLT). Satan will use things like pleasure, power, pressures, possessions, passions, and people to take hold of us and tear us to pieces. Paul tells us to be on guard ‘so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes’ (2 Corinthians 2:11 NLT). How can we defend ourselves against Satan? Author Neil Anderson said, ‘Our defence against direct attacks by the evil one is to speak aloud God’s truth.’ We need to speak aloud to Satan because, while God knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts, Satan doesn’t (see Jeremiah 17:9-10 and Psalm 139:1, 23-24). When we’re in Satan’s sights, let’s keep James 4:7 in mind: ‘Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you’ (KJV). Take these two powerful steps: First, talk to God. ‘Call to me in times of trouble: I will save you (Psalm 50:15 NCV). Second, talk to Satan. Keep it short and full of authority: ‘Satan, in the name of Jesus, stop everything you’re doing against me right now. Back off! Go away and don’t come back!’ When we resist him in Jesus’ name, he’ll have no option but to leave.


Try a power nap Friday 31 March
God’s direction Thursday 30 March
Anger control Wednesday 29 March
The joys of heaven (3) Tuesday 28 March
The joys of heaven (2) Monday 27 March
The joys of heaven (1) Sunday 26 March
Steps to forgiveness (2) Saturday 25 March

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