Google+ 01/28/14 Huddle Up!

1 John 5:4-6

 

For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.

And who can win this battle against the world?

Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by his baptism in water

And by shedding his blood on the cross—not by water only, but by water and blood.

And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony.

 

In part two of our six-part devotion series entitled, "God vs. Satan...the Real Super Bowl!" John tells us how to win the battle against the world.  First of all, John identifies something that most of us do not take to heart each day.  There really is a battle!  We are not just bopping through our earthly life like we are visiting a theme park.  Every step we take as Christians is a battle against Satan on behalf of God.  How do we achieve victory?  We only win through our faith.  There is no other way.  John wants to make sure we get this fact, so he states it again.  He tells us that only those that believe in Jesus Christ will win this battle against the world.  How do we truly know Jesus?  He is revealed through His baptism and the shedding of His blood on the cross.  The Good News is how we confirm these facts, and it must be shared with everyone.  If you have been a Christian for any period of time, you have probably heard this Good News by someone, at some point, somewhere.  Why is it necessary to write a daily devotion about what is seemingly a well-known fact?  Glad you asked because I would like to tell you!!!  The single biggest thing we do wrong as Christians has nothing to do with not accepting Christ.  Most of us will tell anyone that will listen that we believe in Jesus.  The single biggest error is how much we underestimate Satan, the power he has, and the way he works in our daily lives.  As I already stated, we are in a battle.  If we stand for God, Satan is waging war against us.  We need to be prepared.  Take a careful look at everything we cherish, like, or love.  Those are the things Satan will use against us.  The devil will start by using those closest to us to confuse and confound.  That is why many families stay in turmoil.  Satan will look for one family member, that is struggling with their walk with Jesus, and go after them with everything he has.  Satan knows that he ultimately is going to lose this "Super Bowl."  The "score" is published in the book of Revelation!  In the meantime, we need to be on the lookout for Satan as he acts as a "blitzing linebacker" in our daily lives.  Sometimes we are capable of "picking up the blitz."  Other times, Satan is running full force towards us and there are no blockers available to even slow him down.  At this point in our lives, call a "time out," and go talk to the "Coach."  God is waiting on the sideline to send in the next play when it is third and long.  We can't do it alone.  If we try, we will surely lose.  Let's do what every team does when it is third and long and the game is on the line.  "Huddle Up!"