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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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September 24, 2013 - Satan's Schemes

By Greg Ebie

Football players take their sport seriously. A team plays only one game each week, but several days are spent preparing for the next contest. The team studies film of the opposing squad and tries to gain an advantage by discovering the other players' tendencies. The coaches develop a game plan and practice simulates what the rival's offense and defense might do. A full week of work just for a chance to win the game — maybe we could learn something from such commitment to beating an opponent.

Sometimes we forget we are engaged in a spiritual conflict. It is more than just a once-a-week struggle; the clash with our adversary continues daily with no time outs. (Now that's a good reason to come to Jesus for rest. See, for example, Isaiah 40:31 and Matthew 11:28. OK, back to Satan's schemes.) Paul was familiar with the enemy's tactics, and encourages us to be careful not to give Satan any advantage.

Satan has a plan to destroy people. Our spiritual rival wants to prevent the sinner from coming to Christ for salvation. He wants to keep the backslider from renewing fellowship with God and other believers. Satan wants the church to be ineffective by driving a wedge between followers of Christ.

And here's a fundamental principle for defeating Satan you may not have thought about. Paul reminds believers that if we are going to be spiritually victorious then we must be quick to forgive one another.

"If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven — if there was anything to forgive — I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes" (2 Corinthians 2:10,11, NIV).

God's love is demonstrated through our lives as we let go of bitterness. Instead of holding a grudge, we are willing to forgive one another and restore our love for each other. Forgiveness is the key to outwitting Satan and beating him at his own game. Believers remain connected. Backsliders are restored. Sinners are drawn to Christ. Satan's schemes are defeated when our love is proven with forgiveness.

Let's not ignore the devil's sly attempts to defeat us. Let's practice loving with forgiveness. We will win more than a game. We'll have victory over the enemy of our souls.

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Life Church (Assemblies of God) in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

 

 

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