February 14th in the Year of Our Lord, 2021
Dear brother and sister,
The Lord God made this day; however, the day is tainted because of sin. Nevertheless, because the Lord God made the day, it is a good day. Sin comes from three sources: Satan, the world, and the flesh. The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 13:14. “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.”
There is not much that we can do about Satan. The apostle Peter said in 1 Peter 5:8. “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” We can do nothing about the world in which we live. Nor can we change the flesh. However, you can resist the devil, the world and the flesh through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
One of my favorite passages of Scripture (I have many favorites) is John chapter 15. It was this chapter that I recited this morning in my daily devotion. I love this chapter, because in it, the word of the Lord Jesus Christ is not for the crowds, but for his chosen disciples. There is comfort in knowing that we have been chosen for salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. He calls us his friends, and he laid down his life for us. We should keep in mind that he declared that we are his friends, if we do what he commanded, and what did Jesus command? He commanded that we love one another, and he is the example of how we should love one another. (cf. Jn. 15:12-17)
There is not much that we can do about Satan; the devil prowls around seeking someone to devour. There is nothing that we can do about the world; however, we are not to be conformed to the world. (Rom. 12:2) There is nothing that we can do about the flesh; but we are to make no provision for it in regards to its lust. (Rom. 13:14) What we can do is put on the Lord Jesus Christ and learn to observe all that the Word commands.
In Jesus Christ alone,
The Nurse Theologian