Living Water Daily Devotional 2-2-19
UNDERSTANDING THE WEAPONS OF SATAN (II)
Read: Psalm 27:1-3
MEMORISE: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
Another weapon Satan uses to fight Christians is fear. Fear is direct opposite of faith. Where the former appears, the latter disappears quickly and vice versa. Fear is a strong weapon in the hand of Satan to fight us. Satan’s primary goal in the thousands of his various attacks on us, is to take down our faith (Luke 22:31-32). He uses the spirit of fear to weaken our faith and prayer life. A Bible scholar says, “If Satan can weaken our faith, he can immobilize us. If he can destroy our faith, he can destroy us”. The more you give room for the spirit of fear, the more you become weak in your spirit man. Don’t forget that you cannot fight spiritual battles and win, when you are weak in the Spirit. Someone who is strong in the Spirit but weak in the body, is more secure from Satan’s attack than someone who is weak in the Spirit but strong in the body. It takes someone who has conquered the spirit of fear to say it boldly as the Psalmist: though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear, though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident. (Psalm 27:3).
How does Satan use the spirit of fear? He uses this weapon to paint the pictures of our challenges to become bigger and bigger in sizes than they really are. That is why, the best acronym for the word fear is written below in vertical order: F – False E – Evidence A – Appearing R – Real.
Satan makes the false evidence to appear real in his deception, just to create fear in man. It was this weapon he used to ruin the whole congregation of the people of God in the wilderness with the instrumentality of the ten spies (Num. 13:32-33). If you are of God, you have no reason to fear. (Rom.8:15). Therefore, stop magnifying Satan with your mouth or your thoughts. Do not listen to any message that promotes Satan. It is God that should be lifted up everyday. But if you have been captured by the Spirit of fear, seek the face of God to deliver you from it (Ps. 34:4).
1. I stand against the spirit of fear that is living in me in Jesus’ name.
2. Lord, develop in me courage and mountain-moving faith to fight the battle of life in the name of Jesus.
3. Lord, add more to the faith of our Church leaders to always conquer the spirit of fear as they administer the Church.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Exodus 19:22 – 21:34; Matthew 21:23 – 21:44