Daily Archives: July 9, 2018

July 9, 2018 1 Kings 20,21; 2 Chronicles 17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

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Combatting the Enemy | Joni Tyner

S~ For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. 2 Thessalonians 2:77 (NLT)

O~ Paul is talking about the coming of the Antichrist. The one who step out of the way is God.  My Bible notes say that God will step out of the way so that people and nations can see their own sinfulness, and to show them by a bitter experience the true alternative to the lordship of Christ.

A~ I think every believer knows this scripture is true whenever something happens that is so evil—an act that makes no sense and breaks our hearts.  The enemy is always at work to kill, steal and destroy God’s people.   It’s really hard to understand these things but I always try and go back to trusting the character of God when I can’t make sense of the circumstances.  I have no idea what the future holds, but this scripture tells me it will get worse, especially when God steps back and allows evil to have its way.  This is an upsetting scripture but, once again, it reminds me to put my trust in God, not people or circumstances.

P~ Dear Lord, please give me a passion and yearning to be in Your Word so that I am better able to see You and be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  I completely believe that You are stronger and greater than the evil in this world and will overcome the enemy. Please give me insight on how to best respond to situations that arise so that I can be used by You.  I also pray that people’s eyes are opened to the enemy and come to know and trust You.

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