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Satan Wants to Use and Destroy You. Resist Him

Rev. Tse Amable | July 3, 2024 | John 13:1-17


“The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. John 13:2 (NIV)



The devil is always looking for people to kill and destroy. Jesus Christ said this in John 10:10 and Apostle Peter confirmed it in 1 Peter 5:8. On this occasion, Jesus Christ was Satan’s target but he needed a vessel to work through. Sadly, Judas Iscariot yielded himself as an instrument in the hands of Satan. The fact the devil could use a member of the chosen twelve apostles should teach us that Satan is no respecter of persons. No matter your status or position in the church, the devil can attempt to use you and after that destroy you. He had plans to “sift” Apostle Peter as a wheat but did not succeed because Jesus Christ prayed for Peter. Jesus Christ gave a warning that whoever betrayed the Son of God, “it would be better for him if he had not been born” (Matthew 26:24). But Judas Iscariot ignored the warning because of the love of money. That led to his untimely death.


Satan wants to use you and later destroy you. Apostle Peter’s admonition is “Resist him standing firm in the faith” (1 Peter 5:9). Similarly, Apostle James also exhorted “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).  Apostle Paul says “... and do not give the devil a foothold” (Ephesians 4:27).


Examine yourself and see if there is any gap in your devotion, commitment and loyalty to the Lord which Satan can capitalise on to use you and destroy you.


Father, I submit myself to you totally. Seal any integrity hole in my heart which Satan can exploit to lead me to sin against you. Amen.




DAILY word study: PROMPTED The Greek word translated as "prompted" in John 13:2 is "βάλλω" (ballō), which generally means "to throw" or "to cast." In this context, it conveys the idea of instilling or putting something into someone’s mind or heart, suggesting an active influence or suggestion. In John 13:2, "prompted" signifies the influence of Satan over Judas Iscariot. This term shows the moment when Satan instilled the idea of betraying Jesus into Judas' heart during the Last Supper. It highlights the battle between divine purpose and demonic influence, emphasizing the vulnerability of the human heart to external spiritual forces. The narrative shows how Judas' actions were not merely human decisions but were significantly influenced by Satan, adding a layer of spiritual conflict to the betrayal of Jesus. Reflections: How can we guard our hearts and minds against negative spiritual influences and remain attuned to God's guidance in our decisions?

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