Above and Beyond
Luke 10:19 says “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Spiritually speaking, life is a battlefield. Most of the battles that we fight are not “of the flesh”, meaning they don’t have to do with things in the natural, but instead, they are spiritual battles. (Ephesians 6:12)
As soldiers, God gives us armor and weapons (Ephesians 6:13-18) and he gives us the power to use the artillery he has given us. In this passage in Luke, serpents are symbolic of Satan, (Rev 12:9; Gen 3:1-14) and scorpions are symbolic of evil spirits/evil men. (Rev 9:1-5; 9:10)
No matter what we face, we can be encouraged that through Christ, we have authority and dominion over negative influence we encounter. Amen?
Good Evening Saints!!~~
I pray for you daily as we push into relevant life with Father.
Paul’s life is a beautiful example of focusing on others ALL the time. As he wrote his letter to the church at Philippi, he was chained up in prison, far away from every possible comfort. While he had many prime opportunities to write and complain about the conditions of his jail cell, or the disgusting food that was occasionally thrown to him, or the fresh collection of bruises from his guards, he chose instead to encourage his readers – reminding them to put everyone else before themselves. His perspective is a rare and very valuable one.
-When we are feeling imprisoned by whatever life has handed us, how often do we choose to encourage those around us, instead of venting and complaining about our own situation? How do we show that the needs of those around us are more important than our own?
-Pray that God would give you a new perspective on your surroundings – and that you would begin choosing to put your friends and family before yourself.