TOPIC: Escape from the Snare of the Flesh (2)
Man lost control of the authority over creation that God had originally delegated to him as a result of his disobedience. Thereafter, man became slave to the sin he brought into the world. The devil now began to dominate the earth with his evil purposes.
He now patrols the earth as commander of a host of evil spirits through which he enslaves and keeps captive those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ. 1 John 3:8 affirms that Jesus came to earth to destroy the works of the devil, establish God’s Kingdom and free us and all mankind from satan’s power.
One of the major themes in the gospel of Mark is Jesus’ constant aim to defeat satan and demonic powers (Mark 3:27). According to our text, the devil also came to tempt Jesus after forty days’ and forty nights’ prayer and fasting, showing Him (Jesus) all that he (the devil) has control over. The devil is also called the accuser or adversary.
He was originally a great angel created perfect and good. He was appointed to serve around God’s throne in heaven. He became filled with pride and rebelled against God. This now made him to become the primary enemy of God and of God’s greatest creation, mankind.
Despite all his efforts against Jesus, he was defeated. Beloved, you too can escape his snares. You must keep in mind, however, that satan is not equal with God. He is just a created being and is limited by the supreme power of God.
Beloved, our memory verse is a way out of the snare of the devil, “Submit yourself therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
Submission to God is not negotiable. It will enable you to resist the devil and escape his snare, because he will flee from you.
James 4:7 – “Submit yourself therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Submission to God is the key to escaping the snare of the devil.
Every battle trying to push you back to the devil has already failed, in the name of Jesus.
HYMN – Take my life and let it be
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect and use
Ev’ry pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will and make it Thine
It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
1. O God my Father, break me down and remould me to what you want me to be, in the name of Jesus.
2. All the snares of the fowler set for my feet, catch your owner, in the name of Jesus.
3. Powers assigned to frustrate my life, be destroyed, in the name of Jesus.
4. Powers assigned to make me fail God, die, in the name of Jesus.
5. Satan, you will not harvest my soul, in the name of Jesus.
6. I am a winner and not a loser, in the name of Jesus.
7. Satan, get thee behind me, in the name of Jesus.
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MFM Daily Devotional 20th May 2021. The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) is a Pentecostal denomination founded in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria in 1989, now with churches in several countries. It was founded by Daniel Kolawole Olukoya.
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