September 12, 2022


Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.” – 1 Chronicles 21:1

What does God desire for us? As the Bible makes clear, He desires to bless us abundantly (John 10:10). He wants us to be healthy and prosperous (3 John 1:2), and He wants us to be overwhelmed with peace and joy, not dominated by worry (Matthew 6:25).

God wants us to trust Him completely for everything and for our lives to be filled with praise. He calls us to fellowship with Him. He doesn’t want us to feel defeated, discouraged, or uncertain. We should be confident He will “supply all our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

In contrast, Satan wants to prevent us from experiencing God’s blessings. He tempts us and spreads confusion. He makes us feel discouraged, worried, and defeated. As he did with Israel, he encourages us to do things that displease God.

We need to think His thoughts, confess His truths, and be aware of the “strategies of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11 NLT). We should never be “ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11). We need to understand how he thinks and be on guard against his influence, never believing his deception.

Don’t allow Satan to steal from you. Confess God’s promises. Make sure you have a strong defense, taking up “the whole armor of God” and standing firm against the enemy (Ephesians 6:13). Don’t allow Satan to confuse or discourage you. Be filled with the Spirit. Live in victory.

Reflection Question: What device is Satan using to try to keep you from living victoriously?

Father, Your promises are true for me. Thank You for victory in every area of my life. I praise and worship You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
1 Chronicles 2:1