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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Jesus the Jawbreaker

January 8

(Psalm 3:7-8 NIV) “Arise, O Lord! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. {8} From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.”

(1 Peter 5:6-8 NIV) “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. {7} Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. {8} Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

(2 Timothy 4:17 NIV) “But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion's mouth.”

In Psalm 3, David asks God to strike his enemy on the jaw and knock their teeth out. Have you ever thought of Jesus as a jawbreaker? Yet in a way, isn’t that exactly what Christ did to our enemy called Sin? On the cross, Jesus broke the jaw of Satan and took the bite out of sin. When we trust God enough to cross over to the other side by the Way He has provided, the Lord breaks our enemy’s teeth. Sin can no longer hold us. It can no longer grip us and drag us down. That roaring lion called Satan cannot devour us when we are under the protection of the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Sin is toothless when we love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Our only threat now comes from within and only the foolish would return to being bitten. Let God take the bite out of sin in your life. Let God break the teeth of your demons. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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