Choosing Generosity Over Greed

Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

–Matthew 6:20-21

Ask yourself: “Is my focus on Jesus, or on money?” For many people, including Christians, the honest answer is money. What is the fix to a fixation on money? Jesus gave us the remedy for materialism in Matthew 6:19-21. He said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” He went on to say, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (v. 33). Jesus was saying the remedy for materialism is knowing and living your purpose. Living your purpose will help you choose generosity over greed.

Let me show you the connection between your purpose, materialism, and your affections toward God. First of all, you have to know your purpose. We have been talking about our purpose for the past two weeks, but Jesus said it again in verse 33: “Seek first His kingdom.” Our real purpose in life is seeking to expand God’s kingdom, rather than our own kingdom. When you understand that your purpose is to seek God’s kingdom, then that is where you will invest your resources. That is what Jesus was talking about in verse 20: “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” Your purpose determines your investments. But notice what He said in verse 21: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Wherever you invest, your affections will naturally follow.

We had a building campaign at my previous church, and there was a man who wrestled about the amount of the money he was going to commit. Finally God told him an amount that was so large, he had not even considered it. But he made the investment. About a year later, when the steel was going up for the new sanctuary, the man stopped by my office one morning and said, “Pastor, every morning I used to get a cup of coffee, open the business section of the newspaper, and see how my stocks were doing, because that’s where my money was. Now every morning I get up, have a cup of coffee, drive down to the church and watch the construction project, because that is where my money is.”

Knowing your purpose helps you make the right investment choices, and once you have invested in God’s kingdom, your affections will naturally follow. If you want your affections to be centered on God rather than this world, then put your treasure in the kingdom of God.

Today’s devotion is excerpted from “These Boots Were Made For Walking” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2011.

Deuteronomy 2:7
For the Lord your God has blessed you in all that you have done; He has known your wanderings through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing

God’s Eternal Purpose For Us

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.

–Jeremiah 1:5

Whether you believe it or not, God has created you for a great purpose. In Jeremiah 1:5, God said to the prophet, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Do you realize every life has been skillfully and wonderfully woven by God in the womb? That is why abortion is such a travesty. When you abort an unborn child, you are not just destroying a life; you are destroying God’s handiwork. He is the one who has skillfully and wonderfully made every human life.

Notice that God also told Jeremiah, “I consecrated you.” In other words, “Jeremiah, before you were born, I had a great purpose for your life.” Jeremiah’s purpose was to be a prophet to the nations. But God also has a unique purpose for your life. You are no accident. God created you for a unique purpose.

What is that purpose? We have to differentiate between God’s eternal purpose and God’s immediate purpose for your life. God’s eternal purpose for you is clear in the Bible: God created you to have fellowship with Him. Another of God’s eternal purposes for your life is that you be fashioned into the image of Christ. Romans 8:29 says, “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son.” God wants you to be just like His perfect Son, Jesus Christ. Those are God’s eternal purposes.

Now here is the $64,000 question: Why didn’t God take you to heaven the moment you were saved so that those purposes could be immediately fulfilled? After all, the Bible says in 1 John 3:2, “When He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” John was saying when we meet Christ, we are going to be immediately transformed to be like Him. Not only that, Revelation 22:3 says in heaven the curse of sin will be removed and we are going to have perfect fellowship with God. All of those things that hinder our relationship with God will be gone. So if God’s eternal purpose for us will be accomplished when we are with Him, why did God leave us here on earth? Why is He delaying that perfect fellowship with us? Why is He postponing His plan to conform us to the perfect image of His Son? Because in addition to God’s eternal purpose for us, we have an immediate purpose to fulfill in this life. God created us and left us here on earth for a reason.

A lot of Christians are walking around in a fog, wondering what God’s will for their life is. But as Erwin McManus put it, the question is not, “God, what is Your will for my life?” but, “God, what is Your will, and how can I give my life to fulfill it?” Our purpose here on earth is to fulfill God’s purpose. So what is God trying to do? Here are a few hints:

  • “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4).
  • “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
  • “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

God’s purpose in the world is clear: He wants to deliver as many people as possible from the pit of Satan’s kingdom into the light of His kingdom through Jesus Christ. And God invites you and me to join with Him in that mission. That is why we are here. Does God need us to do His work for Him? No, but God has chosen to partner with us in accomplishing His purpose. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave the disciples their instructions: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Those are our marching orders too. Throughout the Bible, Christians are described as soldiers for Jesus Christ. In 2 Timothy 2:4, Paul said, “No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.” In Paul’s day, the primary role of the soldier was to expand the emperor’s kingdom. When a soldier arrived at a new post, did he pull out the yellow pages and say, “First let me visit every restaurant in town so I can sample the local cuisine”? If that had been the soldier’s priority, he probably would have been dishonorably discharged. No, a soldier understands the reason he has been dispatched is to fulfill not his mission, but the mission of his commander and chief.

God has left us in a foreign outpost called planet Earth to fulfill one mission–and that mission is not to build a successful career, to see how much money we can accumulate, or even to have a successful and fulfilling family life. Our mission is to rescue as many people as possible from the kingdom of darkness and introduce them to faith in Jesus Christ.

Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Putting On Your Soul Shoes” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2011.

Lamentations 3:22-23
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Refuse To Feel Guilty About Wrong Thoughts

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil.

–Luke 4:1-2

If you want to gain control over your thoughts, first of all, you have to refuse to feel guilty about wrong thoughts. Let’s suppose you are awakened at 3 o’clock in the morning by a robber trying to break into your home. What do you do? You might call the police. You might turn on the outside lights to try and scare him away. You might go get some sort of weapon in order to defend yourself. What you would not do is start wallowing in guilt: “What is wrong with me that somebody would choose my house to break into? This is all my fault!”

You would not feel guilty that an intruder was trying to break into your home. Yet many times, we feel guilty for the wrong thoughts that break into our minds. Now, there are some things we do to stimulate wrong thoughts, like watching certain television programs or visiting certain internet sites. But the truth is, even if you were alone on a desert island, you would still struggle with wrong thoughts. How do I know that? Because in Luke 4, we see that even Jesus battled wrong thoughts when He was by Himself in the wilderness. For forty days, He was bombarded with temptations that were all centered in wrong thoughts: “You don’t have what You need to be satisfied.” Or, “Why don’t You forget God’s timetable and take charge of Your own life now? Jump down from the pinnacle of the temple, and everybody will recognize You as the Messiah.”

Did those wrong thoughts make Him any less the perfect Lamb of God who could take away the sins of the world? No. Having wrong thoughts, in and of itself, does not make you a sinner. If you are going to seize control of your thoughts, first of all, refuse to feel guilty when those wrong thoughts come into your mind.

Instead, second, resist allowing wrong thoughts to linger in your mind. It is one thing to have wrong thoughts come into your mind; it is another thing to embellish or fantasize about them. In his book “When The Enemy Strikes,” Charles Stanley explained that the first time we entertain a wrong thought, it is just a toehold for Satan. But if we turn that thought over in our minds and begin wondering how we might act on it, that toehold becomes a foothold. The more we obsess about that temptation, the more we make plans to experience it, the more that foothold turns into a stronghold for Satan. At that point, all Satan has to do is dangle the bait out in front of us, and we become spiritual roadkill. That is why it is so important not to allow wrong thoughts to linger in our minds.

How do you know if a thought that comes into your mind is from God or Satan? Ask yourself:

  1. Is this thought true?
  2. Does this thought motivate me toward faith and obedience, or toward fear and disobedience?
  3. Does this temptation in any way contradict the clear teaching of God’s Word?

The problem is, after recognizing a wrong thought, most of us just do everything we can not to think about it. But that approach is absolutely useless in spiritual warfare. If you do not believe me, try this: For the next thirty seconds, do not think about a pink elephant. That is the one thing you have to try not to think about. I am betting there is now a herd of pink elephants stampeding through your mind! It is not enough to recognize wrong thoughts; we need to replace them with God’s thoughts. That is exactly what Jesus did when He was being tempted by Satan in Luke 4. Satan said, in essence, “You do not have what You need to be satisfied in life. Why don’t You turn these stones into bread?” Did Jesus try to put that thought out of His mind? No, He responded to that wrong thought with the right thought by quoting from Scripture: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone’” (v. 4). Jesus did the same thing for the other temptations Satan put into His mind–He replaced those wrong thoughts with the right thoughts from God’s Word. That is how we “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”

Today’s devotion is excerpted from “When Satan Comes Knocking” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2010.

Can A Christian Be Demon-Possessed?

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation–having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.

–Ephesians 1:13

Yesterday we saw that demons manifest through other people, including Christians. Does that mean Christians can be demon-possessed?

Let’s look at that term “demon-possessed.” That phrase is found nowhere in the New Testament. You might be thinking, “But what about the demon-possessed man in Luke 8?” In the Greek text, the phrase is not “demon-possessed,” but simply “demonized.” In other words, the man was under the influence of demons.

As we will discuss tomorrow, Christians can be influenced by demons, but demon possession is not an accurate term for a Christian. Think about what the word “possessed” means. If you possess something, you own it. So the real question is, can Christians be owned by demons or by Satan? The answer is no. No Christian can be owned by Satan and his demons. In Ephesians 1:13-14, Paul wrote, “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation–having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.” The moment you trust in Christ as your Savior, you not only receive the forgiveness of your sins, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is God’s stamp of ownership on your life. And God does not believe in joint ownership–He does not share His possessions with anyone. If God owns it, nobody else can own it. The fact that you as a Christian are owned by God means it is absolutely impossible for you to be possessed or owned by Satan and his demons.

That should be comforting for you as a Christian, but it also means every person who is not a Christian is possessed by Satan and his demons. When you are born into this world, you are not born as a free agent–you are born as a part of Satan’s kingdom. It is only through Christ that you are rescued from the kingdom of darkness and placed into the kingdom of light. But every non-Christian you know is still demon-possessed. That does not mean they levitate off the ground or have their heads spin around like that girl in “The Exorcist.” Demon possession does not manifest itself that way. But what it does mean is that those people belong to Satan. He is free to do to them whatever he wants to do. If that is unsettling to you, remember that you can help do something about it. As Christians, you and I are called to be part of God’s plan to deliver people from Satan’s kingdom by sharing the gospel message with them–that only through Christ can they be redeemed from the ownership of Satan.

Today’s devotion is excerpted from “What Demons Want To Do To You” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2010.

Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. www.lockman.org.

Matthew 22:29 The Greatest Commandment Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Center of the Universe

For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

James 3:16

“Picture God in the beginning of creation with a man and woman made in his image,” Carson said. “They wake up in the morning and think about God. They love him truly. They delight to do what he wants; it’s their whole pleasure. They’re rightly related to him and they’re rightly related to each other.

Then, with the entrance of sin and rebellion into the world, these image bearers begin to think that they are at the center of the universe. Not literally, but that’s the way they think. And that’s the way we think. All the things we call ‘social pathologies’-war, rape, bitterness, nurtured envies, secret jealousies, pride, inferiority complexes;-are bound up in the first instance with the fact that we’re not rightly related with God. The consequence is that people get hurt. From God’s perspective, that is shockingly disgusting. So what should God do about it? If he says, ‘Well, I don’t give a rip,’ he’s saying that evil doesn’t matter to him. It’s a bit like saying, “Oh yeah, the Holocaust-I don’t care.” Wouldn’t we be shocked if we thought God didn’t have moral judgments on such matters?

But in principle, if he’s the sort of God who has moral judgments on those matters, he’s got to have moral judgments on this huge matter of all these divine image bearers shaking their puny fists at his face and singing with Frank Sinatra, ‘I did it my way.’ That’s the real nature of sin.

Having said that, hell is not a place where people are consigned because they were pretty good blokes but just didn’t believe the right stuff. They’re consigned there, first and foremost, because they defy their Maker and want to be at the center of the universe. Hell is not filled with people who have already repented, only God isn’t gentle enough or good enough to let them out. It’s filled with people who, for all eternity, still want to be at the center of the universe and who persist in their God-defying rebellion.

What is God to do? If he says it doesn’t matter to him, God is no longer a God to be admired. He’s either amoral or positively creepy. For him to act in any other way in the face of such blatant defiance would be to reduce God himself.” I interjected, “Yes, but what seems to bother people the most is the idea that God will torment people for eternity. That seems vicious, doesn’t it?” Replied Carson, “In the first place, the Bible says that there are different degrees of punishment, so I’m not sure that it’s the same level of intensity for all people. In the second place, if God took his hands off this fallen world so that there were no restraint on human wickedness, we would make hell. Thus if you allow a whole lot of sinners to live somewhere in a confined place where they’re not doing damage to anyone but themselves, what do you get but hell? There’s a sense in which they’re doing it to themselves, and it’s what they want because they still don’t repent.”

I thought Carson was finished with his answer, because he hesitated for a moment. However, he had one more crucial point. “One of the things that the Bible does insist is that in the end not only will justice be done, but justice will be seen to be done, so that every mouth will be stopped.” I grabbed a hold of that last statement. “In other words,” I said, at the time of judgment there is nobody in the world who will walk away from that experience saying that they have been treated unfairly by God. Everyone will recognize the fundamental justice in the way God judges them and the world.” “That’s right,” Carson said firmly. “Justice is not always done in this world; we see that every day. But on the Last Day it will be done for all to see. And no one will be able to complain by saying,’This isn’t fair.”‘

Today’s devotion is excerpted from “The Case For Christ” by Lee Strobel, 1998.

Matthew 13:3 A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

What The Bible Says About Demons

You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.

–James 2:19

If we are going to be successful in our unseen battles against Satan and his demons, we need to gather as much intelligence as we can about them. In the Old Testament there are only two references to demons, and they both have to do with false gods. Look at Deuteronomy 32:17: “They sacrificed to demons who were not God, to gods whom they have not known, new gods who came lately, whom your fathers did not dread.” The Israelites thought they were worshiping Baal and Asherah and other false gods, but they were actually sacrificing to demons. Psalm 106:37-38 adds, “They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons, and shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan.” In order to worship the false god Molech, the Israelites would actually sacrifice their children. They were not worshipping Molech; the Bible says they were actually worshiping a demonic power. Behind every false god in the world today, there is a very real demonic power. That is what the Old Testament teaches.

In the New Testament, there are over one hundred references to demons. Every writer of the New Testament mentioned demons except the writer of Hebrews. For example, look at what James said in James 2:19: “You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.” If James were writing to our church today, he would say, “You believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? You believe that He died and then rose from the dead? Congratulations! The demons believe all of those things too.” We have this idea that if you believe the right facts about Jesus, you go to heaven. No, it is coming to that point in your life when you are so broken about your sin that you say, “God, I cannot save myself. I am trusting in Jesus and Jesus alone for my salvation.” That is something the demons have never done.

The Bible is filled with revelation about demons. It should not surprise you, however, that the greatest number of references to demons occurs in the Gospels during the life of Jesus Christ. Demons were more active in the world during the time of Christ than at any other time in human history. When you stop and think about it, you can understand why that is. When Jesus Christ invaded planet Earth, He was coming for one reason: to reclaim this world from the grip of Satan and deliver it back to God. Meanwhile, the demons and the devil were working overtime to stop that plan from being fulfilled. In fact, Jesus Himself interacted with demons, which means they must be real beings–otherwise, He should have been checked into a mental institution. The fact that Jesus interacted with demons means that they are real forces in your life and my life.

Today’s devotion is excerpted from “The World Of Demons” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2010.

Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. www.lockman.org.

The Perversion Of Pleasure

There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God. For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him?
–Ecclesiastes 2:24-25

Satan uses worry and riches to distract us from serving God. But in Luke 8, Jesus mentioned a third distraction: the pleasures of this life. Now Jesus was not condemning pleasure. God wants us to enjoy life, and pleasure when engaged in in the right way can actually draw us closer to God. C. S. Lewis recognized that. In his book “The Screwtape Letters,” a senior demon writes to his neophyte nephew demon about God’s plan for pleasure (remember, God is “the Enemy”): “When we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense, on the Enemy’s ground. I know we have won many a soul through pleasure. All the same, it is His invention, not ours. . . . All we can do is to encourage the humans to take the pleasures which our Enemy has produced, at times, or in ways, or in degrees, which He has forbidden.” What Satan wants to do is to pervert God’s plan for pleasure, and one way he does so is by having Christians abstain from pleasure for the sake of being “sold out” to Jesus. When we do that, we are actually playing into the enemy’s plan to destroy our life. Pleasure is a part of God’s plan for your life. Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 2:24-25, “There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God. For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him?”

If Satan cannot get us to abstain from pleasure, then he tries to get us to overindulge in pleasure, to make it the focus of our lives. We concentrate so much on entertaining ourselves that when Sunday comes, we are so exhausted we cannot even drag ourselves to church. Or maybe you are working yourself to death right now in order to enjoy the golden years of retirement–when you can wake up each day and ask, “How am I going to entertain myself today?” But God never meant for us to retire from being productive, especially spiritually. When you spend any period of time, whether it is six months or ten years, focusing solely on entertaining yourself, you are sowing the seeds of spiritual destruction in your life. I am not saying you have to keep working at your job until the day you drop. I am saying that God wants every part of your life and every period of your life to be God-focused and others-focused, not self-focused.

What has become a distraction for you in your relationship to God? Have you allowed the “what ifs” of worry to strangle out your desire to know God? Has an obsession with money–either earning it, spending it, or saving it–become the central part of your life? Has the pursuit of pleasure become the grand objective of your life? If you are going to defeat Satan’s real plan to destroy your life, the best way is to recognize what strategy he is using against you right now.

Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Blueprint For Your Destruction” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2010.

C. S. Lewis, “The Screwtape Letters” (New York: HarperOne, 2001), 44.

Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. www.lockman.org.

The Minarets, Sierra Nevada – California

There is tremendous beauty in the Sierra Nevada. It never stops amazing me whenever I visit. The mountain scenery makes you feel so small, but so special being part of God’s creation. Even though this life has it’s trials, tribulations, and nastiness, it can be a glorious life knowing you have the Lord who is always at your side. I took this photo on a solo back country trip and climbed the pass to the left of this photo. After I arrived I was looking for a photo everywhere but to no avail. To say I was discouraged is an understatement. This place is so special and beautiful, that I couldn’t believe I wasn’t going to get a photo. As I made my way down to mosquito haven, out of nowhere I saw the scene pictured and knew it was God showing himself to me. He always amazes me and constantly shows me the way. I snapped off many shots before losing a pint of blood and retreated back to my tent with a massive smile. My prayers that night are like every night – giving gratitude and thanks to the Lord for all he provides.

The Strategy Of Discouragement

The Strategy Of Discouragement 

Though He slay me, I will hope in Him.
–Job 13:15

If you are a Christian, Satan’s first strategy to destroy your family, your faith, and your future is to discourage you from worshiping God. You and I are bit players in an eternal drama that began many years ago when Satan, who was God’s chief of staff, chose to rebel against the Creator. Watching this drama play out is an unseen audience of angels and demons. And in Job, we get a glimpse behind the scenes of this drama. Job 1:1 says, “There was man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.” Then God directed Satan’s attention to this main character on the stage named Job. Verse 8 says, “The Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.’” Satan was not about to let God be proud of His creation, so Satan said, in essence, “Of course he worships You. Look at all the things You have done for him! But you let me have a few rounds with him and I can turn him against you.” So God granted Satan limited permission to attack Job, and for the next two chapters we see Satan’s relentless attacks against him.

One day Job was sitting on the ash heap of his incinerated possessions, his dead children, his broken health, and Job’s wife came to him and said, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!” (2:9). That was Satan’s objective: to send so many tragedies into Job’s life that he would conclude worshiping God is not worthwhile. But after Satan had hit Job as hard as he could, destroying his possessions, killing his children, taking away his health, Job cried out, “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him” (13:15). I believe at that moment the heavenly audience gasped in amazement that God could command that kind of allegiance.

Job played his part well here on earth. But now Job has exited the stage, and it is your time and my time. The question remains: “Is God really worthy of our worship?” Job’s story tells us Satan has limited control over this world. He is able to use natural disasters, financial reversals, health problems, and relationship disruptions to turn you away from God and to discredit the reputation of God before the entire universe. However, Satan’s power is limited. He is still under God’s control, but God has allowed Satan to have limited access to our lives. Why? Because untested faith is really no faith at all. For Job’s faith to be sure, it had to go through the crucible of trials, and it is the same way in your life. God uses trials to strengthen us, but also to prove that we are really His followers. Right now Satan may be bombarding you with relentless attacks. Perhaps he is attacking your sense of well-being. Perhaps he is attacking your family. Perhaps he is attacking your livelihood. He is doing everything he can to discourage you from worshiping God. But God is saying to you, as He said to Job, “Trust Me. I have a plan that I am working out in your life right now, even though you cannot see what that plan is.”

Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Blueprint For Your Destruction” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2010.

Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. www.lockman.org.