TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, May 24, 2019:
A moral or physical collapse; downfall; decay or destruction.
You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The words of John in the verse we have put above were spoken by Jesus as a warning to us that Satan is a liar and a murderer. It was Satan that lied to Eve leading Adam and her to sin and bring about the death and ruin of man. Man today would have to be spiritually blind, deaf and mute not to know that the whole world lies under the sway of Satan, the wicked one.
In I John 5:19 it reads, “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the control of the wicked one.” In this verse God reveals two classes of people.
First, there are those who are no longer spiritually blind, deaf or mute to God’s message of love and redemption. They are saved by the grace of God and know that they are a child of God.
Secondly, there is a whole world of unsaved souls that lies in the hands of the evil one, Satan. They are under his control. Satan is the father of the wicked and the one that has ruined mankind. Every nation, every tribe, every family, the rich and the poor, the educated and the uneducated, all suffer the consequences of the ruin of man because we all have a common origin in Adam. We all share a common heritage, a common legacy and the ruin of man. When Adam fell, we all fell and we are all children of the devil (Satan) until we become a child of God.
The Bible tells us in Romans 6:23 that because of the sin of Adam and Eve, we are all sinners and the wages of that sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. Death is universal because the ruin is universal.
Satan seeks to steal, kill and destroy. Satan is the deceiver and destroyer. Jesus is the truth and gives life eternal. Jesus is the Redeemer. Just as we know death is certain we can be certain that we are redeemed.
Peter assures us of that in I Peter 1:18-19. Peter said, “For you KNOW that it was not with perishable things, like silver or gold, that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish or defect.”
As a believer in Jesus you can rest assured that your ruined life is no longer ruined. Your life has been redeemed. Colossians 1:13 tells us that He has rescued us from Satan’s domain of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Our memory verse for this week is found in James 1:12.
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
Thank You dear Lord that You have provided for me salvation from my ruined life. Help me to love and serve You this day with all that I have. Take me out of the habit of relying on my ability and to learn to wait on You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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