Satan and his demons are in mortal combat with God. They fight in opposition to everything God is and that for which He stands.
The devil enlists our help to discourage people from leaving his kingdom of darkness and devastation in order to enter God's Kingdom of eternal light. We unwittingly become his tools to discourage people from changing their lifestyle and coming to Christ.
This is due to our carnality, and lack of interest in spiritual things and the welfare of others, as well as our occasional rude behavior toward others.
God's forgiveness eliminates all of our confessed sin – past, present and future. The more we experience Christ as our life, the further away we run from the world, straight into our Savior’s waiting arms (Colossians 3:4).
Resting in Christ is not another religious activity to perform. It simply involves complete surrender of our human life to the kingship of Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:28-29). We bow before our God and Maker (Psalm 95:6).
As God replaces our carnal nature in our soul - our thoughts, choices and feelings - with the nature of Christ, we manifest God in ever-increasing levels of maturity and glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Gradually, God replaces our human boundaries with His eternal power and divinity. We do not allow our conscience to guide us, because it is faulty and human at best.
Our conscience can be riddled with shame perpetuated by Satan's lies, as well as guilt heaped on us by other people (Revelation 12:10). Therefore, we listen instead to God's still, small voice within us and follow His peace in our spirit.
When we walk in the Spirit, we escape the confines of condemnation, we are freed from demonic strongholds such as perfectionism, and the need to prove our self, and also the drive to be better than anyone else (Romans 8:1).
Father God, we do not need the affirmation of our superiors or any other person for a job well done. When we follow Your Spirit's direction, we may even reap disappointment from other people; but we smile through this persecution, knowing that we are walking in the very center of Your will (Galatians 1:10).
We are no longer a slave to Satan and his demons, because the resurrection of Your Son set us free from the law of sin and death. We now walk in the freedom of the law of life through Your Spirit (Romans 8:1-2). Thank You for keeping us in the center of Your will and leading and guiding us through all the days of our life.
Thought for the Day:
Together with Christ, our spirit is made alive by God, forgiven of all of our transgressions of the law of God, and raised up with Jesus to sit with Him in heavenly places.
- Ephesians 2:4-6