Inspiration for Your Day

TODAY'S THEME:
THE DEVIL, YOU SAY!

 
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The Knight, Death and the Devil
by Albrecht Durer

It happened one day: The angels came to stand before
Hashem, and the Satan, too, came among them. Hashem
said to the Satan, "From where have you come?" The
Satan answered Hashem, "From wandering and walking
about the earth." Hashem said to the Satan,"Did you set
your heart to (take note of) My servant Job? For there is
no one like him on earth; a wholesome and upright man,
who fears God and shuns evil." The Satan answered
Hashem and said, "Is it for nothing that Job fears God?
Have you not set a protective wall about him, about his
household, and about everthing he owns from all around?
You have blessed his handwork, and his livestock have
spread throughout the land. But send forth Your hand
and touch everything that is his, (and see) if he does not
blaspheme You to Your face!"

Job 1: 6-11
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, 2005

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Because he sought to be like God, Satan fell away
from God and has spent history trying to convince
us to do the same. Isn't that the strategy he used with
Eve? "You will be like God," he promised. (Gen. 3: 5)

He has not changed. He is as self-centered now as he
was then. And he is just as limited now as he was then.

...All angels, including Satan, are inferior to God.
And this may surprise you: Satan is still a servant
of God.

He doesn't want to be. He doesn't intend to be.
He would like nothing more than to build his own
kingdom, but he can't. Every time he tries to advance
his cause, he ends up advancing God's.

Excerpted from "For These Tough Times,"
by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group, 2006

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The devil is just as much God's servant in his
rebellion as he was in the days of his sweet
obedience...We can't quote (Martin) Luther
too often: The devil is God's devil.

Satan has different roles to play, depending on
God's counsel and purposes. He is pressed into
service to do God's will in the world; he must do
the bidding of the Almighty.

From "The Serpent of Paradise"
by Erwin Lutzer (1941- )
Evangelical Pastor, teacher and author

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Even when Satan appears to win, he loses.
Martin Luther was right on target when he
described the devil as God's tool, a hoe used
to care for his garden. The hoe never cuts what
the Gardener intends to save and never saves what
the Gardener intends to weed. Surely a part of Satan's
punishment is the frustration he feels in unwillingly
serving as a tool to create a garden for God. Satan is
used by God to refine the faithful.

Max Lucado
"For These Tough Times"

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I often laugh at Satan, and there is nothing that
makes him so angry as when I attack him to his
face and tell him that through God I am more
than a match for him.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)
German Priest, whose writings led
to the Protestant Reformation

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No trial has come to you but what is
human. God is faithful and will not let
you be tried beyond your strength; but
with the trial he will also provide a way
out, so that you may be able to bear it.

1 Corinthians 10:13
New American Bible

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This is a good universe. There is no permanent
place in it for evil. Yea, it would seem as if God
and man and the universe irself were opposed
to evil. Evil may hide behind this fallacy and
that, but it will be hunted from fallacy to fallacy
until there is no more fallacy for it to hide behind.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
Scottish essayist and historian

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We have the ability to counter the forces of evil by
shining the light of goodness on them. And we have
the certitude that good will prevail. This confidence
goes beyond common optimism. Because goodness is
the natural state of the world and humankind, its effect
is eternal and cumulative. All of man's good works
throughout the ages are building blocks, leading up to
a final triumph of good.

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson (meaningfullife.com)
Perennial Currents, 2002

 


And now the Last Word:

What then shall we say to this?
If God is for us, who is against us?

Romans 8: 31


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus Quote:
One man with courage makes a majority.
Andrew Jackson
 



 

 

 

 
 


On today's site:


-Satan
Challenges
God
(Job 1)

-Satan's
Strategy
(Lucado)

-God's
Servant
(Lutzer
)


-Devil
as God's
Tool
(Lucado)


-Laughing
at Satan
(Luther)



And the
Last Word:

If God is
For Us...

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