Today is November 29, 2018

Verse of the Day — 1 Peter 5:8

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Be wise—you are living as an alien in Satan’s world.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

The Bible calls Satan:

  • The “god of this world.”

    in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. —2 Corinthians 4:4
  • The “father” of non-Christians.

    You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. —John 8:44
This is especially unsettling as we all began as non-Christians—meaning our original father, before we trusted Jesus’ shed blood in place of our own, was Satan himself!

But even though this is Satan’s world, we can have victory every day through Christ in us:

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He [Jesus] who is in you than he [Satan] who is in the world. —1 John 4:4

And since we are either witnessing or fellowshipping with everyone we come into contact with each day, John gave us a practical little test for discerning good versus evil:

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the {spirit} of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. —1 John 4:1-3


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

I am a new Christian and have a dilemma. I have been living with my boyfriend for seven years, but I can’t seem to get him to commit to marriage. Even though our relationship is strong and I love him very much, I am wondering if I should consider backing out and find a man who wants a family.


ANSWER:

Hell-o!!!? From a practical side, why should he marry you? What would be the benefit? But more importantly, you have a much deeper problem. If you have committed your life to Jesus, you are certainly not following His teachings, so we would question what you actually committed to.

You should start with learning about God’s holiness from scripture.

but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; —1 Peter 1:15

That should lead you to repentance to the one true God of the universe. Once you renounce your wicked ways, find a church that is teaching solid scriptural principles to keep you on track. Then, as you mature in your faith, you can pray for God to bring a Godly man into your life.

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