Theme of the Week: Stronger
Bible Verse: “Your adversary, the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:10
In Alexandre Dumas’ classic, The Three Musketeers, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, were the personification of devotion to their cause: service to the king of France. Their roles have been embellished and glamorized over time. They came across as unfaltering, swash-buckling heroes, an envy to all. Yet, they were all too fallible, much like us.
Young and hot-tempered, d’Artagnan tried to ‘fight’ his way into the Musketeers’ good graces but was at first rebuffed. The Musketeers eventually embraced the young upstart, recognizing his attributes – courage, skill and strength.
I’m tempted to compare myself to the dashing young d’Artagnan—well, I can always dream. I admire his enthusiasm, courage and joie de vivre. d’Artagnan faced Cardinal Richelieu, who, though regally clothed, was a devil in disguise. Our young hero thought he could vanquish the wily cleric by himself yet had to be rescued by his friends.
We too have allies on our side, though not made of flesh and blood, but ones far more potent and resourceful: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Like d’Artagnan, we’re no longer alone, weak or helpless. There’s no lineup for an audience with the King. We have an advocate, Jesus Christ, the Righteous. Thus, the modern-day cardinal, Satan, has no claim. We’re no longer enslaved to sin but are free in Christ.
Satan never ceases to tempt us with idols: the lure of possessions, seeking fame and fortune, or reaching positions of power. We don’t have to succumb to the wiles of the deceiver.
I’m reminded of the Musketeers infamous motto: “All for one and one for all.” But Jesus, two thousand years ago, proclaimed something far more noteworthy: “Don’t be afraid…And, lo, I am with you always.” Matthew 28:10, 20 KJV
As much as I like the Musketeers motto, I’ll hold onto Jesus’ promise.
Prayer: Father, thank you that I am never fighting alone. Help me to be aware on and guard against the schemes and lures of the devil. Help me to stay close to you and rest in your power.
Reflection: What tactics or temptations of the devil are you most susceptible to? How can you rely on the power of God to resist?
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