A 365 Day Devotional Journal
Scripture: Hebrews 12:26-29; 1 John 3-4 (Amplified); Luke 21:10-38; Psalm 125:1-2; Isaiah 59:18-20; Psalm 34:3-4, 8-10; Psalm 46:1-3
Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore.1
Let not your heart be troubled at the wars and famines and earthquakes, the pestilence in diverse places upon the earth. Put your trust in the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in our Creator. Focus the troubling in your heart upon God, praying for the people living in these places, and ask for God’s mercy upon those who find themselves caught in these troubles.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that we are experiencing an increase in troubles about the earth. But we know these things must take place. We know.
Stand tall, lift up your head, for your redemption is near!
There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory. But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. Then He told them a parable: Behold the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near.2
According to 1 John 4:17-19, if we walk in fear, we have not been perfected in love.
How do we become perfected in God’s love?
By our loving others.
If we love each other, God abides in us and His love is perfected in us. (See 1 John 4:11-13.)
Jesus knew that Satan would unleash his hoards to attack our minds and hearts in these last days. One glimpse of most any television show, which major on sex and violence, or at any of the box office movies, which favor horror, violence, and sex, and we can see quite easily the reason fear has increased exponential to the decrease of faith in the earth. And as faith has decreased, evil has abounded.
We defeat evil by doing what is good.
A close look at the life of Jesus reveals that He dealt extensively with the demonic. And nowhere does scripture state that just because Jesus rose from the dead that the demonic ceased to exist. So then why do we shy away from dealing with the demonic today? Is it because society’s preference for naturalism and humanism hardened the hearts of us in the west to the reality of the spiritual world?
Amplified is particularly revealing in the book of 1 John:
BELOVED, DO not put faith in every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world. By this you may know (perceive and recognize) the Spirit of God: every spirit which acknowledges and confesses [the fact] that Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [actually] has become man and has come in the flesh is of God [has God for its source]; And every spirit which does not acknowledge and confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh [but would annul, destroy, sever, disunite Him] is not of God [does not proceed from Him]. This [nonconfession] is the [spirit] of the antichrist, [of] which you heard that it was coming, and now it is already in the world.3
Begin to speak aloud the Word over your mind and heart. Commit to saying it daily, out loud, over the next month and see if you do not walk in greater peace. When we walk in peace, our faith is free to soar, and we are unhindered to walk in love.
Satan is defeated when we walk in love, because he hates hanging around anything that carries the fragrance of God.
Love is of God because God is love.
1 Psalm 125:1-2. Bold mine. THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. www.biblica.com
2Luke 21:25-31. Bold mine. Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. www.lockman.org
31 John 4:1-3. Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. www.lockman.org
Copyright © 2011, Érin Elise