It seems more and more these days that the devil and his minions are in control. Evil is running rampant through ISIS and through the persecution of Christians throughout the world. It appears that the Church in the United States is following suit with the Church in Europe as the numbers of worshippers dwindle each Sunday and hundreds of churches close their doors each year. This happens because so-called Christians do not know God’s Word, much less live in obedience to it. Where the Word of God is absent in the lives of God’s people, Satan is in control temporarily.
The Good News is that Jesus controls Satan completely. Jesus has the power to chain Satan in the abyss for a thousand years, and he has the power to let him loose for a while before throwing him in the lake of fire for all eternity.
In the meantime many Christians will suffer because of their faith in Jesus. Many will lose their lives, their loved ones, their livelihood and or possessions. But Jesus promises eternal life to steadfast disciples. Those who remain faithful to the end have Jesus’ guarantee that they will be with him for all eternity. Hallelujah!
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, grant me faith to abide in you through your Word that I might remain steadfast to the end. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes, the Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.