Saturday, October 28, 2023
Not all relationships are a blessing! As we follow Christ, Spiritual forces oppose us. These evil forces hate God and want to see all people enslaved to death and destruction in a world of God's goodness toward His human creations.  We need a close relationship with God and supportive relationships with fellow Christians is to help us stand against Satan and his demonic hordes. Paul identifies these as principalities, evil rulers, and mighty powers of the dark world — what we call evil spirits and demons.  To deny the presence of these powers is to choose to be naive about the evil in our world and blind to the reality of how Satan's corruption has broken all of creation.  But the world and the evil one who dominates it are destined for destruction.  God has a new heaven and earth planned for us, the fully realized Kingdom of God where righteous and love abide, the eternal home for God's children who are faithful to Him. 
As Jesus' followers, we must be confident yet prepared for battle. We do not need to be afraid. Our victory is assured because of Jesus' death and the defeat of hell through His faithfulness to the Father and His resurrection from the dead with power as God's Son.  The One within us is more powerful and greater than these evil minions of hell alive in the world and allied against us.  So, let's pay attention to the armor we are given for the battle  and keep our hearts on Jesus. He is returning for us in God's glory, a glory in which we will share! 
Almighty God, ruler of all nations, peoples, and powers, those seen and unseen, I honor You and love you with all I am. Fill me with confidence in my ultimate victory over sin, death, and hell because of Jesus' work through the Holy Spirit in me. I pledge to resist Satan and know he will run from me because of Your power at work in me and because Jesus has ultimately defeated the evil one and the host of hell through the cross. Thank you for this victory. I will continue my fight against evil until Jesus returns in glory! Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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