From the evil one

“Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”. (1 Peter 5:8) When Jesus prayed, “Deliver us from evil”, He used an adjective rather than a noun.  He was thinking of an evil person rather than evil itself.  In every situation, there are 2 voices present and persuading.  The evil one (Satan) takes hardship and proposes resentment. “He doesn’t love you.  You will never get through this”, he whispers.  He takes blessing and counsels pride or excess. ” You are the Man!”, he will say. God’s counsels are exactly the opposite.  Jesus was not praying that we would be spared difficulty.  He was praying that in pain or in joy we would be rescued from the one who deceives us and lead us away from God.  On hard or happy days whose voice/counsel do you hear?  Rescue us, O God, from the one who only wants to devour us!

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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