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BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.  No. 233

Getting to know
God together.
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GOD HAS AN ENEMY.
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There are lots of people who don’t know that God made our world and us!
You would think that just looking around would make them realise that there is a mighty Planner of everything, wouldn’t you. Look at the sky, the trees, the sun and moon, the animals and the birds!  God planned everything. Thank You Lord for making things so beautiful. Our God has an enemy who I am sure you have heard of, Satan. He is called the devil as well. Once when the devil was a wonderful angel who had no sin at all in him, long ago, he was called Luc-i-fer.

We don’t know how long ago the Lord God made our earth, but the Bible tells us a lot about Creation. Creation just means here when God made everything in the beginning.
The Bible, God’s Word,  tells us too about the mysterious time when
Luc-i-fer turned against God. What a book the Bible is, there are many hidden things in it that are just waiting for you to learn about. Here is a bit about the angel who turned against the Lord God Almighty, and became a rebel. It is found in Isaiah 14:

“ How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” (verse 12).
Satan has fallen from God’s Heaven, and causes trouble here on earth! He has made our nations on earth weak and dumb about God the Creator.

“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend [ go up ] into heaven, I will exalt
[ make grand ] my throne above the stars of God:” (verse 13).
Satan wants to be above God and His Heaven.
He wants to rule on a throne even above God’s stars!
But he is only an angel who was made by God, but God made everything and has all power. Hurrah!

“ ...I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” (verse 14).
Satan said that He would be just like the most High God, the One Who loves us and made us. But he will end up in hell.

Should Christian kids fear the devil?
No, for Jesus Christ is on our side, and He is mightier than any old evil angel - that is for sure. And do you know he has already broken Satan’s power for us forever?

A question:
Can you guess when Jesus did this, and where?
have a think, I won’t tell you yet.

Satan’s name means he is an “adversary” that is one who is an enemy.
He is an “accuser” that is one who is always saying
“those people are doing wrong things against God. They don’t love Him or obey Him!”

The devil as a name means “goat!”
I think he sure is a goat because he doesn’t  love and serve God!
 
He is also called “the dragon” and the “old serpent.”
You can read this in Revelation 12:9 and 20:2.

The devil’s power is very great in the world, because evil people join up with him.
But God’s power is a billion times greater! No, billions of billions of times greater.
Christian believers are warned to be careful of Satan turning them against God!

Now the answer to that question:
Did you answer that Satan’s Power was taken away when Jesus died on the Cross,
and came alive again?
He did that two thousand years ago!
He has saved us from the power of the devil.
Praise God.

“..that through death [ on the Cross ] He  [Jesus ] might destroy him [ Satan ] that had the power of death, that is, the devil; “ (Hebrews 2:14).

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