God runs the show
15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.
16 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?
18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
In today's message the Lord is confirming to us that He is in charge of everything.
Many people still believe that the disasters are by Satan. It is due to this lack of knowledge that we land up glorifying Satan and give him more credit than due to him.
Satan does have powers but these are restricted and he cannot use them freely. Where ever the countenance (favor) of God is shinning, there Satan cannot even dream of doing anything. It is only in places where God is rejected or the Lord allows him; Satan gets an opportunity to do his destructive activities.
It also does not mean that where ever Satan has a hold there will be disasters. There are many times that Satan gives the feeling of peace and prosperity, but these are temporary and land up becoming like cancer. Unless something is perfect it is sure that something will go wrong, so also is with the plans of Satan, since he is not perfect.
God is perfect and His plan is perfect, so when we abide with his plans nothing goes wrong with us. Since it will take man time to learn to abide with God's plan; so calamities become a part of the story for the salvation of man. Sometimes God does things due to anger but then He remembers His promise and by His mercy and grace He retracts.
The only place where Satan rules without restriction is the hearts of those who have given him dominion. This dominion is given to Satan via sin and taken away via repentance, accepting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and walking in the Word and Spirit of Christ.
God has said that there will be a time when He will take away His Spirit from man and only then will Satan be let loose with no restriction of his powers. It is at this stage that Jesus will come as man with His Angels and destroy Satan and his empire. Satan will be bond along with his team and will be put in the Lake of Fire for everlasting suffering.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, You are in charge of our world since You are our King and Lord. We are your righteous and walk in your ways. No power on earth or below the earth can harm us nor have any effect on us. By your Name, You have given us authority over all things since all things bow to your Name. Lord help us to always remember the truth and let not lie make its way into our hearts and land us rejecting your grace and protection...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
1 Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
2 The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
6 The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
7 Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
9 He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.
10 He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
11 The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.
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