Know Jesus

But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. (2 Thessalonians 3:3) 
The Bible tells us that our enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, seeking those he can devour. He is subtle and cunning. More than anything, he wants to destroy our faith and weaken our trust in the Lord. 
However, God’s Word also tells us that Jesus is more powerful than the devil. He is a shield and a source of strength. Nothing is too complicated for Him. He is able to do more than we could ask, hope, or even imagine. He is faithful, guarding us against the schemes of the enemy. The biggest defense we have against him is to know Jesus. When we equip ourselves with the truth, we can recognize Satan’s lies.
Dear Jesus, you know the schemes of the enemy. I ask you to protect me from him today and keep me focused on you. Amen  

Powerful devotion! The greatest defense we have against the enemy is to know Jesus! I love this, I pray you are encouraged to equip yourself with the truth and stop believing the lies. God’s truth uncovers satan’s lies. 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!

Knowing Christ

But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. (John 9:18) 
To open the eyes of the blind was a clear sign that Jesus was the Messiah. The religious leaders knew that no one could open the eyes of the blind. However, they did not believe that the man had really received his sight until his parents confirmed the fact that he had been born blind. The Jews choose to not believe that Jesus healed his sight. 
Today, Jesus is still performing miracles as He gently touches us and others. He is still answering prayers on a daily basis. Nevertheless, like the Pharisees, we do not always appreciate the work of God because of the hardness of our own hearts. We personally want to tell God what He can and cannot do. We want to challenge the miracles and call them “coincidences” or deny that a miracle happened at all. We talk Christianity and try to exclude the “Christ.” 
I had a man say to me once that he tried “that Christianity stuff and it did not work”. He went on to tell me that he read the Bible, prayed and did good works within the church but it was only a phase. I then asked him the following questions: “Have you ever gotten down on your knees, begging God to cleanse you from your sins? Have you ever told the Lord that you only desired to live for Him, to serve Him and to follow Him wherever He wanted? Have you ever had such a hunger and thirst to read His words that He placed within His book just to get to know Him better? Did you ever want Jesus more than you wanted anything else and desired to please Him in everything you did?” He clearly and quickly answered, “NO.” And I said, “Then I don’t think that you ever came to know Jesus, and without Jesus, there is no Christianity.” Christianity without Christ is just a lot of wasted time and effort, doing some good things that do not really matter. Jesus does not need us to do anything. He wants us to come to Him, listen to Him and enjoy His fellowship. 
There are many reasons why we may want to be religious. God does not want our actions; He wants our hearts. When our hearts align with His, our actions will follow to please Him. No one has to pretend or try to act like a Christian. As you believe in Him, He will change you. Pray that your heart will stay soft to recognize the works of God in your life. Pray that the miracles of Jesus make a difference in your day and affect the lives of others. Pray that you see Him moving in you, touching you and healing you from the depths of your heart today. Jesus wants to gently and quietly love on you. God does not need you to play Christianity. God wants you to know Christ. 
When I read this I felt it was so powerful and something we all need to read and be reminded of. Today, stop and ask yourself those questions and answer them honestly then seek His face through prayer, fasting and reading your word. How well do you know Him? 
Have a beautiful day in The Lord! 
Today’s Reading is Psalms 27:1