Nothing thrills the Devil more than the current skepticism with which he's viewed. The more we doubt or downplay his existence, the more he's free to hurt and hamper us. Jesus never doubted the reality of the Devil. The Bible says, "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil." (Matthew 4:1). But Jesus was victorious. And He proved that God uses Satan's schemes to strengthen us. Times of testing are actually times of spiritual training. "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." (James 1:2-4). God loves you too much to leave you undeveloped and immature. "God is educating you; that's why you must never drop out. He's treating you as dear children. This trouble you're in isn't punishment; it's training, the normal experience of children. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves" (see Heb 12:5-10). Paul says, we are not ignorant of Satan's schemes. When General Patton counterattacked Field Marshal Rommel in World War II, Patton is reported to have shouted in the thick of battle, "I read your book, Rommel! I read your book!" Patton had studied Rommel's Infantry Attacks. He knew the German leader's strategies and planned his moves accordingly. And when you become acquainted with Satan's moves you can stop him cold in his tracks.
"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:2-3)
What an awesome promise! Right now, Christ is preparing a heavenly place for us! How gracious is God for not only allowing us into heaven, but also giving us our own place, one that Jesus Himself has created! And when our time on earth is done, He will come to take us home.
Week #45 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Deuteronomy 1-3
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 33-36
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 128-130
Wednesday: (Poetry) Ecclesiastes 5-6
Thursday: (Prophecy) Haggai
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 13-14
Saturday: (Letters) 1 Peter 1-3