“A couple of days ago,” Stan began, “I noticed a plumber’s truck across the street at one of my neighbor’s. Yesterday, at the same neighbor’s house, there was a truck from one of those companies that clean up flooding and water damage.”
“What was that all about?” I asked.
“I went over to see if there was anything I could do to help,” Stan replied, “and I found out what happened.”
“Not surprisingly,” he added with a smile, “there’s a lesson for my walk with God!”
“So what happened?” I asked.
“Seems that my neighbor noticed that his hot water heater was leaking a little bit. He called the plumber to have him look at it, but they both got sidetracked. Turns out the neighbor had the plumber fix a number of things, leaky faucets, a water-pressure valve, and a couple of other items. The plumber never got around to the hot water heater before it was time for him to leave for the day.”
“In the middle of the night,” Stan added, “the hot water heater broke completely, the bottom fell out, and the basement was flooded. That’s why the flooding and water damage people were there.”
“That’s a shame,” I responded. “Probably a sure bet that your neighbor wishes he would have had the plumber do what he called him for.”
“You’re right about that,” Stan replied, “and that’s the lesson for my walk with God.”
“How so?” I asked.
“The apostle John zeroed in on this in his first letter,” Stan replied, “where he points out in a simple statement of why Jesus appeared on the earth.”
“Which was what?”
“To destroy the works of the devil,” Stan replied. “I chose to have Jesus as an integral part of my life when I accepted His finished work on the cross, got a new life through His resurrection, and received the indwelling Holy Spirit He asked His Father to send. Thus, everything is in place to do what needs to be done.”
“I just need,” he continued, “to choose, through my full and complete surrender to the Holy Spirit, to have the works of Satan destroyed in my life. Satan’s full and final destruction will occur one day as laid out in the Bible’s Book of Revelation, but, in the meantime, I am to choose to accept and to abide in why Jesus came.”
Concluding, Stan said, “I am to let Jesus do what He came to do. I am to keep from getting sidetracked into things that are much less important. Let Him do what He came to do, destroy the works of the devil, and avoid the damage that will result if I don’t.”
The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for sending your Son into the world to destroy the works of the devil through His finished work on the cross, His death, and His resurrection. Thank you for those who brought me to the truth of your provision. Thank you, too, for your provision of the Holy Spirit to live in me to help, counsel, and guide me in the ways of choosing to destroy the works of Satan in my life. I confess that too often I do not choose to have those works destroyed. Please forgive me. And please help me in following your lead in my total and complete surrender to all the Holy Spirit has for me in choosing to accept His power in destroying all of the works of Satan. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Things to think (and journal) about:
1. What is your biggest take-away from this devotional?
2. What does this devotional say about God and about us as His people?
3. What is God saying to you to do personally?
4. Who can you share this with to make a difference?
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