Greater Is He

pixabayby Sandy Kirby Quandt

One of my favorite Bible verses is 1 John 4:4. This truth gives me courage, strength and help to face the things this world throws at me.

Over the past month this world has threatened to undo the lives of several of my friends.

One friend was diagnosed with Stage 5 cancer. Greater is HE.

One friend’s nineteen-year-old son hung himself. Greater is HE.

pixabayOne friend’s husband died, and two days later her only child was admitted to the emergency room. Greater is HE.

One friend is discouraged and depressed with his job situation. Greater is HE.

One friend is faced with making decisions she doesn’t want to make, but knows she must. Greater is HE.

Disease. Heartache. Loss. Depression. Uncertainty.

Any one of those issues can make us doubt. Wonder. Question. But that’s just what Satan wants us to do. He wants us to feel defeated. Alone. Devastated. Helpless. Without hope.

Because Jesus defeated Satan through his death and resurrection, Satan has no power. He’d like for us to think he does, but he doesn’t.

If we confess Jesus as LORD and Savior, his shield of protection is wrapped tightly around us and Satan’s fiery arrows fall extinguished to the ground through Christ’s power. At the name of Jesus, Satan has to flee.

Yes, it hurts to be attacked by a disease. Yes, it hurts to lose a loved one. Yes, it hurts to be uncertain about our jobs. Yes, it hurts to make decisions we don’t want to make. Because we live in a fallen world, life hurts at times.

pixabayJesus told us in this world we WILL have troubles but to not lose hope because he has overcome the world. And Satan.

Jesus will never leave of forsake us. He is the Mighty Warrior who has conquered hell, sin, Satan and death.

Jesus is the Victor, and he loves us.

On our own we can do nothing, but when we stay attached to the Vine, Jesus, we can be overcomers, because he overcame.

When Satan threatens us with his lies and half-truths, devastation, destruction, and loss, doing his best to get us off course, get us to doubt our God, we need to remember 1 John 4:4 and defiantly tell the father of all lies, “Greater is the ONE living inside of me than the one who is in the world.”

Glory, hallelujah, amen!

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My dear children, you belong to God and have defeated them; because God’s Spirit, who is in you, is greater than the devil, who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Playground Lies

Isaiah 40By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Have you ever replied to someone’s unkind words with, “I know you are, but what am I?” As a child, I know I sure did. The other person’s words were spoken out of spitefulness, and their intent was to hurt us. Most times those words did hurt, despite the phrase about sticks and stones and broken bones.

As adults, we may face the same cruelness from others, yet it’s disguised. Not so blatant. Or maybe it is. Each situation is different but the desire to inflict pain, cause us to doubt our worth, or question our abilities is nonetheless the same.

One thing I’m learning is we don’t have to prove ourselves to anyone. God’s opinion of us is the only one that counts. The only one that matters. And God calls us his beloved.

God knows us by name. In fact, Isaiah 49:16 says God has engraved our names on the palms of his hands. He knows every tear we’ve ever cried. He knows all about us, good and bad, and loves us anyway. Nothing reaches us that he hasn’t either permitted or planned.

When Satan starts telling us lies, we need to shut him out and listen to what God tells us instead.

God will never leave or forsake us. He loves us. He has a plan for us to prosper and to give us hope. He has a job he wants us to do for him that no one else can accomplish.

God sent his son, Jesus, into this world to die for us. To take the punishment we deserved upon himself and nail it to the cross. Our resurrected Savior is preparing a place in Heaven right now, so those who claim him as their LORD can live with him forever.

So when the lies and taunts start to fly around us, we should remember God’s truth and ask the Holy Spirit to plug up our ears against those lies. We need to tell the Great Deceiver, “Nanny, nanny, boo-boo!” and move on.

Agreed?

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But you belong to God, my children, and have defeated the false prophets, because the Spirit who is in you is more powerful than the spirit in those who belong to the world. 1 John 4:4 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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