Daily Devotional for July 16
Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation, even though the wicked strut about, and evil is praised throughout the land.
How proud and cocky are those who seek to oppress believers! Paul aptly describes their actions: “Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their speech is filled with lies. The poison of a deadly snake drips from their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. They are quick to commit murder” (Romans 3:13-15). Christians need not worry, however, for the boasting of such evildoers against the righteous incites the Lord to action: “Now I will rise up. . . .”(Psalm 12:5). God’s remedy for persecuted, defeated believers is simply to supply them with the words of the Lord. God’s Word is flawless, like “silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over” (Psalm 12:6). In your battle, stop running to God to complain about your problem. Find His pure Word that He gave you to defeat your enemies, and rise up in victory over them. Others’ advice may be helpful, but only the Word of God will put the devil to flight, as it is “the sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17). Employ the sword of God’s Spirit, and watch your proud enemies flee in terror!
1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32