The reading for today is Romans 16:17-20, NIV.
I urge you brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. KEEP AWAY FROM THEM. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naïve people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy for you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Paul is at the end of his letter to the Romans. Timothy is with him at this time and so are his relatives Lucius, Jason and Sosipater. Sosipater the Iconium is also mentioned in Acts. He is thought to be one of the 70 disciples that Jesus sent out.
I feel that Paul is giving them VERY good advice. Stay away from people that are committing sins as you can be easily be duped into going along with them. Satan is a very cunning liar.
I feel that we are having to be extra discerning now. There is so much hate in the world and you can be caught up in the sin that is around you.
Satan hates the name of Jesus. When you feel that you are being challenged to do something that you know is wrong and contrary to the teachings of Jesus, tell Satan that your friend, Jesus wouldn't recommend that. HE will turn tail and run. This may sound funny to some, but it works. Satan has already lost the battle 2000 years ago. All of our sins have been paid for on the cross. We are in the army of Jesus now. Put on your armor, and fight. Jesus is right there with you. THE BATTLE IS WON. Amen.
Lord when we hear Satan calling in our ear to do something we know is wrong, help us to remember that you are our commander and the battle was won with your death on the cross. Help us be strong and say no to temptation. Amen
Prayer Concern – Those who get easily distracted from the Word.
Alternate Verses: Psalm 106:1-12 Genesis 28:10-17