Guard Your Hearts
The events of Holy Week really get going on Wednesday. Most say not much happened but the one thing that did happen was major. It was probably on Wednesday when Judas conspired with the chief priests for thirty pieces of silver to hand over Jesus... Not a "Silent Wednesday"
Christ chose Judas. He was part of the twelve. He was involved in ministry with the others. Christ gave them power and authority over demons and to cure diseases. He sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.
Christ The Lord made no mistakes. Jesus loved Judas to the end.
But Judas made a choice...
Notice an article from Colin Smith at thegospelcoalition.org about the choice Judas made...
Satan made a relentless assault on Judas’s soul, as he makes a relentless assault on everyone who chooses to follow Christ. We read about Satan’s attacks on Judas:
Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot. (Luke 22:3–4) The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him. (John 13:2) Satan entered into him. (John 13:27)
The Bible’s clear statements about Satan’s activity have led some to say, “Well, poor Judas, he didn’t have a chance. Satan entered into him. What could he do about that?” But this evaluation overlooks the fact that Judas opened the door to Satan. Judas had been stealing from the collective money bag, and when he kept this sin secret, Satan entered into him. He made a deal with the chief priests and then sat down at our Lord’s table with known sins he would not confess, and Satan entered even further into his life. Unconfessed sin always opens the door to Satan’s power. Satan doesn’t gain a foothold in the lives of people who are walking in the light with Jesus. He only gains access when we open the door. As Klaus Schilder observes: It is the peculiar majesty of Jesus that he can conquer man without man’s first approaching him. But Satan’s frailty is proved by this, that he cannot approach a soul unless that soul has first turned to him.
Lord, help us to guard our hearts and our minds in this difficult day we live in.
I know Lord I am sealed by the Spirit to the day of redemption, I know Lord no one is able to pluck me out of your hand, but I don't want to be used by Satan, the tempter. In Jesus name, Amen
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Pray for one another. Pray for our Nation and ALL people.
Pray for our military, their families and the churches missionaries all around the world.
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Pray for all those in the medical field, hospitals and doctors offices as they provide patient well care and also to protect themselves.
Finally Pray for the lost, those seeking after The Lord today.
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, for ever. Amen
"Wherefore edify(encourage) one another..." 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Stay Strong in Christ, Pastor Brian
Have a great day!