Today is January 9, 2019

Verse of the Day — 1 John 4:4

. . . greater is He [Jesus] who is in you than he {Satan] that is in the world.


Believers have more power in them than Satan has in the world.


Our adversary, understandably, doesn’t want Christians to know the power they received when they trusted Jesus’ shed blood to pay for their sin.

. . . you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; —Acts 1:8

. . . through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil. —Hebrews 2:14

Satan is powerless over God, and God lives in Believers. Think about that for a moment. God, the designer and builder of the entire universe, with power beyond comprehension, lives inside every believer (Hebrews 1:3), yet most of the time we don’t act like it.

The spirit God has given us, alive in us today, is powerful, living and disciplined:

For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. —2 Timothy 1:7

. . . be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man. —Ephesians 3:16

So, in the words of Francis Schaeffer, “How then should we live?” (Francis Schaeffer was a respected theologian and author who in the 1970s staunchly opposed theological Modernism.)


Dear Compass,

My husband (both of us have been born-again Christians for about 10 years) wants to invest in a business deal that I am convinced will never pay back any profit, maybe not even return our original investment. The men involved are not professing Christians and have poor track records in business. The funds he would use would come from my inheritance, and I would have to approve the withdrawal. How can I get him to listen to reason so he won’t lose my money?


First, there is a fundamental problem of your holding total control of some of your family’s assets. God never intended for you to be in that role. Your husband can’t be the leader if he doesn’t have the ability to make all the decisions, even if they are wrong.

Second, God may be allowing your husband to fail in this business deal to allow for a greater purpose to be accomplished.

You do have tremendous influence in a Godly appeal. If you, in a non-confrontational manner, explain your concerns (not being in business with unbelievers, 2 Corinthians 6:14-15, etc.) and suggest an alternative and he dismisses them—then you are totally in God’s protective will.

Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? —2 Corinthians 6:14-15


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