Adoration (Praise God for who He is and ask Him to reveal more of Himself)
Read: 1 Peter 1:4; 1 Corinthians 10:13
What do you think of when you hear the name “Satan?” If you’re like me, you’re probably picturing a little red man with a mustache, a pitchfork and an angry expression. If you grew up in church, maybe you’re picturing him in the form of a serpent, tempting Eve in the Garden of Eden. Maybe he’s on your left shoulder, opposite an angel on your right. Regardless of the picture you’re seeing, I worry that the images we’ve formed in our minds don’t do him justice. I worry that we’re more susceptible to temptation because we may not be taking him seriously, and that’s right where he wants us.
Satan is a very real enemy that you and I face daily; it feels like a battle, because it is – a battle of tests. Pastor Jeff shared with us yesterday that in order to handle tests, we have to ANTICIPATE them. We have to wake up each morning aware that the world we live in is broken. It’s broken because of sin. Until Jesus returns for us, we have to get out of bed, put on our combat boots and make a CHOICE to go out and face it. But the good news is that we’re not alone. As believers, we’re in it together - and, more importantly, our Savior Himself faced trials and temptations. Why should we not expect the same?
There’s a worship song from a few years ago that you might remember, and I love the truth in it: “I know who goes before me; I know who stands behind; the God of angel armies is always by my side.” No matter what you might be facing today, trust that you won’t be tempted beyond what you can bear. God, who is faithful, will provide a way out so that you can endure it. Get up, put your boots on and get after it! He’s already gone before you.
Pray: God, You know the battles I’m facing today because You’ve already been there. You are the beginning and the end – yesterday, today and tomorrow. I anticipate tests from the enemy today, but I know that You’re by my side. Give me faith to trust You. In Jesus’ name, amen.