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The desire of my heart is to become the person God dreams of and share those dreams with others; to unleash personal and corporate creativiy within the church, overflowing it with passion and freedom while searching for the face and character of God.

Monday, July 09, 2007

1 John 4:4

"You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." 1 John 4:4

One of my favorite Christian books is Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.

It is the story of a man who makes a journey between the city of Destruction to the Celestial City by traveling a road fraught with dangers. His name is Christian, and the story is an allegory of the Christian life.Near the beginning of his journey he is told that he needs to stop by the Palace Beautiful. He was to go directly to the palace, but he took a nap along the way and he doesn't reach the palace until late at night. As he approaches the gate to the palace, he hears lions roaring. He stops and wonders what to do, but he had been told that if he stayed on the path he would be safe. He begins to approach again, and hears he lions. It sounds like they are right in front of him. He thinks about jumping off the path and running, but he decides to stay on the path and reaches the gate safely.The next morning he asks his hosts about the lions he heard. His host takes him to a window. In the daylight, he sees the road, and the lions - chained to the side of the road.

You know, the Bible says that Satan is like a roaring lion, but as long as we stay on the path God has laid out for us, he is just a loud noise. God has set limits on the enemy of our souls.Too many Christians are too worried about Satan. But look at it this way, if we are in Christ, and if Christ has already conquered the Devil, why should we worry about him.

In fact, if we are living for God, the Devil should be worried about us. We should be invading his kingdom daily, taking back what he has stolen from us. We should be rescuing those who have been deceived by him.

We need to stop listening to the roar of Satan, and listen instead to the song of the savior. It is much more beautiful and it is an unchained melody of love.

Hallelujah, Amen.

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