Seeds of Promise Devotionals by Shenica Graham
Resistance – Going The Distance
Read The Bible In One Year
|DEC.||Book||Read From||Read To||Devotional|
|8th||II Thessalonians||Chapter 1||Chapter 3||Resistance – Going The Distance|
Memory Verses: Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: II Thessalonians 1:11 | II Thessalonians 2:3 | Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. II Thessalonians 2:14 | But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. II Thessalonians 3:13
Today’s Devotional: Resistance – Going The Distance
Resist the devil and he will flee from you. This is the admonition of James 4:7. In separating light from darkness, we have been told that to come out from among them is the only way to let prevail. Now we need to receive a instruction that light shining in darkness is not so if light shuns darkness. In order for the light to shine, it must go to the darkness in some way. This does not mean that you have to go to unclean places.
It means that just as Jesus ate with publicans and sinners, we who would win souls cannot hope to do so enormously, by casting out of our presence completely, people who do not the truth of God. But in compassion, considering ourselves (staying prayerful and submitted to God), we are called by God to strengthen the feeble minds through faith. The battlefield of the mind is where the most important battle of purpose is waged – because as a man (or woman) thinks in his (or her) heart, so is he (or she).
Jesus means for us to resist the devil himself: that spirit of the antichrist. However, the person is a soul that belongs to God. We must mature in spiritual warfare, that we may be able to resist the enemy while loving the person who is under his influence. This is sometimes difficult, because the individual we are seeking to save may be weak minded, not able to join us is fasting and prayer of resistance.
God calls the strong in Him to restore the lost from His sheepfold. If we are truly working to this end, we will seek deliverance for those who know not or cannot seek deliverance for themselves. This is the church that God envisions. It is the “hospital” of souls. A doctor of medicine alone cannot heal the soul. But God is a doctor of body and soul.
II THESSALONIANS 3:1-5
1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. 5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Lord, I thank you, by the blood of Jesus that no good thing will be withheld from me, because I walk upright before you in your presence. You are my sun and shield. You Lord will give grace and honor. Your peace rules in my heart. You have called and anointed me for your purpose. I seek your perfect and divine will. You, Lord are my source and strength, a very present help.