Today is July 17, 2018

Verse of the Day — 2 Timothy 3:15

. . . salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.


It’s not “faith” that saves you, but rather the “object” of your faith!


Suppose you are standing in an open window on the top floor of a 10-story building that is totally consumed with fire. As the flames begin to burn your skin, through the smoke you see firefighters on the ground standing in a circle holding a net. By faith, trusting the net, you have no choice but to leap to keep from dying in the flames. About halfway down you can see more clearly and, to your disbelief, you see that it’s not firefighters in a circle with a net after all! It’s a circle of Hare Krishnas holding hands and singing “Kum-ba-yah.” At that point, will your faith save you?

Therefore, just saying you have “faith” won’t save you, unless that faith is in the ONLY thing that can save you—Jesus’ shed blood.

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. —Galatians 3:26

Examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test? —2 Corinthians 13:5


Dear Compass,

Can Satan know our thoughts? My pastor says that Satan knows me better than my husband.


It is unlikely Satan knows your thoughts. In Daniel 10:12-14, there is spiritual warfare due to Daniel’s “words,” but not his thoughts.

Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future.”

Only God is ever mentioned in the Bible as knowing the thoughts of man.

As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. —1 Chronicles 28:9
     See also Psalm 139:23, Isaiah 66:18, Ezekiel 11:5.

Satan certainly can hear you, and he knows your sin nature as he is your natural “father” (before conversion).

“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

So Satan knows where to tempt you.

But the main thing to understand is that God, living powerfully in you, is much greater than Satan and your sin nature. Therefore, there is absolutely nothing to fear, even if you are praying out loud.

. . . greater is He (Jesus) who is in you than he (Satan) who is in the world. —1 John 4:4

We won’t comment on how well your husband knows you 🙂

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