‘…He will see the blood…and…not permit the destroyer to enter your houses…’ Exodus 12:23 NIV
When the angel of death visited Egypt, only those whose doorposts were painted with lamb’s blood were protected from ‘the destroyer’. And the blood of Jesus [the Lamb of God] is still your best protection from the enemy who ‘…prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.’ (1 Peter 5:8 NLT) His atoning death on the cross to secure forgiveness of our sins. (Ephesians 2:12–16) Christians have also been sealed with the Spirit of God (Ephesians 1:13), and our salvation is assured by the Lord (Romans 8:38–39). So when Satan confronts us he knows he cannot ultimately succeed… but he still wants to try and make us stumble. Generally speaking, he’s looking for an ‘easy mark’. Just like a thief who cases your house for a hole in your security, he’ll be on the lookout for a weakness in your life. But if you ‘put on the whole armour of God, [you’ll] …be able to stand against the schemes of the devil’ (Ephesians 6:11 ESV), and he’ll have to move on. God put a hedge around Gomer, the prophet Hosea’s wife, a promise that He would always draw her back to her husband. He said, ‘…I will fence her in with thornbushes. I will block her path with a wall to make her lose her way.’ (Hosea 2:6 NLT) Before your family leaves home in the morning, remind them of Christ’s ultimate ‘hedge of protection’—His victory at the cross. Remind them to stand firm in the finished work of Jesus, wearing the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6:10–18). In prayer speak out His promises (Psalm 118:6, Psalm 27:1, James 4:7) and ask Him to safeguard you and your family throughout the day, directing all your paths away from wrong influences.
SoulFood: 2 Kings 6:8–20, Eph 1:15–23
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023