Glory Seed Devotional, 04/04/2015

Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise

Jesus, the HERO of heroes…

My favorite movies are those in which good defeats evil. They can be action movies. They can be Biblical stories. They can be animated stories. They can be black and white movies or color movies. If a movie (or television show) depicts good overcoming evil I will like it. Movies of this nature remind me of the “reality” of my life’s struggles. They also remind me of this scripture: “Put on all the armor that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil’s tricks. We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world.” Ephesians 6:11–12, CEV)

In my own struggle with the principalities, powers, and rulers of darkness those movies depicting good overcoming evil give me hope that evil can be defeated, that as powerful as evil is the power of good is greater.

Jesus is the only person to take on Satan on his own and beat him! I suspect the struggle with Satan was on a daily basis but the Bible stresses only four encounters, three in the wilderness, and one in the Garden of Gethsemane. In each case Satan is defeated and retreats leaving Jesus victorious.

In the movies the hero or heroines are sometimes shown as defeating the villains using their own abilities however in real life nothing can be further from the truth. If you or I should opt to take on the evil forces in our world by ourselves we would lose! We might put up a good fight but in the end we would lose. One of the reasons why we would eventually give in is because we’ve once tasted evil and it tasted good!

Several years ago while visiting a Ranger Station in Smoky Mountain National Park the rangers told us two black bears were put to sleep because one of the park visitors was bitten after teasing the bear with food. They couldn’t identify which bear was involved in the incident so two were killed. The reason for that was once bears get a taste of human blood they’ll become dangerous to all human’s. So it is with sin once we taste it we are hooked and it becomes a part of our DNA (daily normal activities).

Like the black bears in Smoky Mountain National Park our sentence in response to our tasting of sin is to be put to sleep but Jesus says, “Stop the execution! I will take the taste of sin out of the mouth of the accused through my sacrifice on the cross and the resurrection power of the Father.”

Believe! Anticipate! Experience! Be transformed!

Grace and PEACE, Amen!

Gary

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Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 LEB)

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Scriptures marked CEV, “Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.”

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