A Dog on a Leash

leash |lē sh | a strap or cord for restraining and guiding a dog or other animal. Satan’s nothing more than a dog on a leash, he cannot do anything without permission from God the Father. Remember Job? Satan could only do what God allowed him to do, no more, no less. However, don’t ever take Satan for granted for if faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain then we better start trusting in the Lord for we’ll never know what will come our way? Whether God will send boulders our way or Mount Everest Mountain down our way. Whatever comes our way God has just as much confidence in us as he did on Job when Satan inflicted him with several mountains in a row. Remember troubles and trials are never easy and they are always meant to stretch our faith to the limit in order to make our faith more stronger. Look at what Satan wanted to do with Simon Peter and God granted his request, but then look at the verse, “when you have turned back strengthen your brothers. What Simon Peter went through strengthen his faith enough so he could strengthen the faith of his brothers.

Luke 22: 31 Simon, Simon Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.

It is interesting to note that Satan still has to ask permission just like he did with Job 1: 7; 2: 2 God has and always will be in control. Always!

However, Satan is a powerful adversary who was once the highest-ranking angel in heaven. We are no match for this fallen angel of light who seeks to devour, rip to shreds or sift as wheat any believer of Jesus Christ. He will deceive, masquerade or disguise himself as an anointed one from God using powerful words that will stir the emotions, excite rage and anger. He will entice you to do something without praying first or comparing to God’s word, it will feel right and sound good but his deception is without equal. He is one not to be trifled with but is an enemy we cannot fight alone without the aid of Jesus Christ through the power of His word.

Satan will entice us to be like him. We will stand to defend God’s honor and His word, but in our haste and lack of waiting upon the Lord we will destroy and devour one another. For when you attack another person you will be thinking you are doing the very works of God, you will think that God himself told you to attack, however, a season mature Christian who rightly divides the word of truth knows that all we do is to be done through prayer and love. We are to be wise as a serpent but harmless as a dove in dealing with any person in the affairs of spiritual enlightenment. We are to have the perspective of hating the sin but loving the sinner. We are to be seasoned with salt so that those who have not tasted of the Lord knows not how good he is and can be to those who are spiritually discerned or even those weak in the faith who have not seen the power of God move through their life.

We are ambassadors, representatives of the most High God. We are to mirror the truth of His word, surrender to the power of His might and to be led by the Holy Spirit of God. We must do all things to the glory of God and we must at all cost forbid to do anything in our own strength. We must allow the master to use us as a vessel of honor as living sacrifices for him. Remember when the mountain comes your way I’ll pray that your faith fails not and when you have turned back strengthen your brothers and sisters in Christ when you do.

Intimacy with Christ,

Richard

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