1st November 2013

Jesus Protects Us From Evil 

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one
2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NIV UK)

The third biggest commercial weekend in the UK, after Christmas and Easter, is Halloween. Halloween involves a lot of nonsense and practical jokes, but it does raise the question of evil and Satan: do Christians have anything to fear?

The answer to the question lies in the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. Paul wrote to the church of the Thessalonians to reassure them. The Thessalonian culture was immersed in superstition and idolatrous practices. The Thessalonians saw life as ordered by supposed events and activity in the spirit world. They had a fear of what evil the gods or demons might inflict upon them.

Christians, however, need not be concerned. We do not need to be pre-occupied by wondering about what Satan is doing and how he may influence us. Rather, Paul says, let’s focus on “God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope” (2:16).

When we pray what is called the Lord’s Prayer, we say “deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13), but often Christians behave as if God does not deliver us. We get concerned unnecessarily about how evil may affect us. What we need to understand is that “the Lord is faithful”, as Paul said above. Thankfully our protection from evil is not dependent on our faith or anything we may do, say or think: it is dependent on the faithfulness of Jesus. Jesus is faithful to us and to his commitment to us. He does strengthen us, and he does protect us from the evil one.

Therefore, when it comes to demons, Satan, hobgoblins and foul fiends, we have nothing to fear because “the Lord is faithful”!

“May the Lord direct our hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance” (2 Thessalonians 3:5).

Prayer
Thank you, great Father, for your compassionate concern for me. Thank you that Jesus looks after me and cares for me, and that he is faithful to protect me from the evil one. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by James Henderson

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About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  You are welcome to attend any of our Church congregations located throughout the UK.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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