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Day 196: Who Is Responsible for Evil?

The Daily Word: Saturday, July 15th, 2017
1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30
Romans 2:25-3:8
Psalm 11:1-7
Proverbs 19:10-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

And God was displeased with this thing; therefore He struck Israel. – 1 Chron 21:7 

God was displeased! David took a census and counted the men in the armies of Israel. He did it to prove his own strength, instead of relying on God’s. David sinned; but God didn’t force David to sin. In fact, it wasn’t even David’s idea. Satan was the one behind David’s plan:

Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel. – 1 Chron 21:1

Any time sin occurs, Satan is ultimately responsible. David participated, but Satan was the architect. Any time we are moved to do anything contrary to God’s will, Satan – not God – is the author. We must stop attributing the work of the enemy to God! God will not make you sin to teach you a lesson. He will not give you sickness or disease to bring you closer to Him! Sin, sickness, and death are all the work of the enemy – not God!

Here is the good news: God has given you authority over Satan through Jesus Christ:

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. – Lk 10:19

You don’t have to fear Satan; you get to crush him, in Jesus’ name!


Father, help me to recognize that Satan is the author of all evil. You have nothing to do with evil, because You are good! Remind me that I have authority over the enemy that I get to exercise every day, in Jesus’ name.

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