TEXT: 1 Peter 5:8; Acts 1:8; Mark 16:5; Revelation 3:21
I hope you will read each of those passages but for the sake of space in a short devotional, I will only list them not quote them fully. Those three words are rooted in Hope. Two of the three are good and one is to be understood so that it can be avoided and defeated.
The Desire of the Devil for the Christian is EXTINCTION.
The enemy of our soul, Lucifer, hates God and therefore hates any person who recognizes and serves the Living God of all creation. The devil hates the message of Hope the Bible brings in the Gospels, the Covenants, the Promises, and Provisions of the Word of God. He recognizes man as God’s mouthpiece on earth and wants to silence or discredit us. He hates the Plan of God for man and for the world. That plan includes the devil’s eternal destruction and he tries to prevent it from happening or put it off as long as possible.
The devil desires to destroy Christians physically and spiritually. He settles for oppressing us and trying to cause us to be ineffective. He hinders and would destroy us if he could. Jesus asked in Luke 18:8, “When the Son of Man is comes, will He find faith on earth?” The desire of the devil is that the answer will be NO!
The Desire of God is for Us is EXTENSION.
God wants us to be the extension of the ministry of Jesus on earth. The furtherance of the Gospel message and gathering the harvest into God’s storehouse. God’s desire is for the message of the Cross and the Hope in Christ to go viral throughout the entire world. His plan is for everyone to “hear” of the provisions He has made and to “hear” His offer of redemption and forgiveness. God’s plan is for everyone on earth to have the opportunity to be saved.
The provisions of the Cross were and are for ‘whosoever will’. We have heard and believed that it is God’s desire that we share our experience, in Him, with the world. In Romans 10:14-15 we find, “How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings of good things!”
In a very real sense, we hold their eternity in our hands, and we are the key to their redemption. We are to sound the alarm and the point the way to the Cross. It is so eternally important, “How can we not shout it from the rooftop?” Someone said, “Christ’s importance to us is the extent we will go to, to make Him known to others.” That is arresting.
The Desire of the Believer is EXALTATION.
Our hope is an eternal hope. God, through His Word and His Son, has promised Life eternal. He has promised a heavenly abode. I need only remind you of His words in John 14:1-5 – “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 “And you know the way where I am going.”
He does have requirements and qualifications which include submission to and the fulfillment of His will. If we are to be EXALTED, we must walk in Obedience. He has promised the Power of the Holy Spirit to equip us. We have the experience of Salvation to compel us. We have an Eternal Home to motivate us.
The question is, we will allow the devil to win over us and keep us from our Eternal Reward? Will God’s will be done in us and those we can reach be reached? Will we enjoy the Exaltation He has promised in the Eternal Ages and live forever in His presence? Only you and I can determine that. God is not willing that any should perish so He is willing, are we?
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!