Message for September 16, 2018 from Pastor Shirley

     1 Peter 5:8 “Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”  According to this verse  satan is our adversary. Adversary suggests an enemy who fights determinedly, continuously, and relentlessly.

      John 10:10 “The thief (satan) comes not but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy.”  He sends all kinds of life-defeating, joy-stealing attacks to threaten the well-being and faith of God’s sons and daughters.  Satan lacks the power to steal our eternal destiny, and he cannot separate us from the love of God right now.

      Paul tells us in Romans 8:35 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD”.

     Romans 8:37 says, “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” To conquer is to be victorious over an adversary. To be “more than a conqueror” means we not only achieve victory, but we are overwhelmingly victorious.

     Paul is encouraging us to stand firm in our faith when those attacks come, reminding us that not only will we win in the end, but Jesus enables us to win now.

     No attempt of the enemy can steal the loving care of God from our lives, and that makes us more than conquerors through Christ who loves us.

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