WATCH OUT FOR THE CARD
1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (12) – So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (NIV)
The Joker Card is a wild card used to perform mysterious tasks in a game and could be a very beneficial or harmful card. The devil’s cunning nature to manipulate man could liken to a Joker Card. His mission, according to John 10:10, is to steal, kill and destroy. In other words, Satan goes around looking for whom to devour at their slightest slip (1 Peter 5:8). An excellent analogy of the devil’s capability to use his wild card is the story of Moses.
In Numbers 20:1-12, after the Israelites complained and quarrelled with Moses, the Lord said to him, “Take the staff and speak to the rock before the eyes of the people and it will pour out its water.” On getting to the rock, Moses did the opposite. He rebuked the community and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, but God was displeased, and Moses, who had led Israel for years, never made it to the Promised Land because of Satan’s Joker — Anger! On the other hand, the devil knew how great Joseph would be, so he tried the Joker Card of seduction on him. But Joseph feared the Lord (Genesis 39:7-12).
“The fear of God will make you triumph over temptations.”
Beloved, come to think of it, a (Joke)r Card in itself is a thing that amuses, and this is what the forces of darkness do to humiliate God’s children through their minor but grievous actions. It could be pride, lust, envy, hatred, malice, gossiping or anger (Galatians 5:19-21). Whatever it is, as admonished by our Bible reading, watch out! Nobody is exempted from the ruthless agenda of hell. If Jesus can be tempted after a 40-day/night fasting and prayer exercise (Matthew 4:1-11), we must take heed!
Hymn: Christian, Seek Not Yet Repose — Charlotte Elliott (1836)
1. Take a practical step to identify your weak point(s) and ask the Holy Spirit to help you!
1. Father, You are my only strength. Please, uphold me never to fail or fall again.
2. Holy Spirit, open my spiritual and physical eyes to be sensitive always.
3. Prophesy into your day. I’m favoured and blessed; I am smiling to the bank. I receive that job and contract (Job 22:28).
YOU ARE A BLESSING TO GENERATIONS
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