Scripture records “the Devil is a liar” (John 8:44) but, what does that mean, and how does it apply to the 21st century? When we review the past few years with the increase in mass shootings, riots, and general unrest, something should stand out in your mind that would tie all of the events together and that is, “it is always a reaction to a perceived wrong whether real or imagined”. You see, the Devil uses painful situations for his amusement first to convince us of the “justness” of our cause and then leads us over a cliff to our death or into his grip. British apologist C.S. Lewis in the preface to his book “The Screwtape Letters” said, “Not everything that Screwtape says should be assumed to be true even from his own angle”. This statement is relevant in our society today because Uncle ScrewTape (a prototype of the Devil) instructs his minions on how best to control their assignment or “patient”. Now the word “control” is not well received in modern-day circles because it implies “force” and “I lose my rights” so let’s change it to fit the Devil’s purposes. The minions use our pride and prejudice against us and compel us to agree with them and make it seem like “our idea”. Understand this, the minions can be anything and anyone sort of like a play or scam for our benefit. Only when we stop and put the situation aside and talk to people will the circle be broken and the Devil will lose.
Readings: Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Peter 5:8, John 8:44, Psalms 17:8-12,
Thank you for the awesome ability to communicate and express ideas. You made mankind in your image that is, you gave us a mouth to speak, ears to listen, a heart that pumps blood through our veins, and a mind to think. Just because we were made in your image, though, doesn’t imply we need to think and talk alike. Help me today to embrace the differences and use them as stepping stones to building connections instead of tearing them down. Help me today to be quick to listen and slow to speak. I may not agree with everything said in this world but then again, many don’t agree with me. The Devil is an expert in his field and I am no match for him so please help me today to grow closer to you and that you will empower me to bring the words to my listeners. I pray for the people in Texas who are dealing with the immense tragedy that shook the elementary school and the many lockdowns that ensued. I pray for the students that you will send in wise counselors who will help the families and the children to move past this tragedy and give no glory to the Devil. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).