Day 268 – Submission & Resistance
On: July 26, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present. Luke 22:3-6

The name Satan will conjure different images: for some a comedy figure in red tights with horns, fork and a diabolical laugh; for others a purveyor of nightmarish evil. One tickles our fancy; the other overpowers us with unstoppable destruction.

The name Judas has entered everyday language as “one who betrays another under the guise of friendship.” The sense is that there is no good in such a person, who compounds false friendship with betrayal.

Was it inevitable that Judas was going to betray Jesus? Are we helpless to resist the scheming of Satan? The answer to both questions, surely, is a resounding “no”.

Judas, it seems, was not a black hearted villain, hell bent on evil. We read: When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” Matthew 27:3-4

Judas allowed Satan to mislead him. Satan had tried the same with Jesus in the desert (Luke 4) but, one by one, Jesus resisted Satan’s approaches. I wonder how genuine Judas’s repentance was … and if I’ll meet him in Heaven? I hope so.

The leadership of the early church was quite clear that Satan was a real and present threat. But not one that followers of Jesus were helpless against. The key was to submit to Jesus, not to the devil’s temptations: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

One of Satan’s tactics is to try and bind us, little by little, with his evil thoughts and actions. They must be resisted one at a time, before they take hold. Like tying your hands with thread. One turn of thread around our wrists is easy to snap. Two or three are manageable. But more than that and the thread becomes too strong and we are bound.

Prayer:

Father God, please open my eyes to see that Satan is a real danger. But show me that Jesus is stronger, and will protect me if I come to Him straight away when temptations strike. Amen

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